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PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara Live score: semifinals of Women's singles, Rio Olympics 2016 Live Updates

PV Sindhu beat Nozomi Okuhara: 21-19, 21-10
Updated: 18 August 2016 21:45 IST - Published: 18 August 2016 18:06 IST
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That's it from us for now, then. It was an exhilarating match, and tomorrow we expect another cracker of a contest! Join us tomorrow and cheer for Sindhu (if you're from India). Until then, it's goodbye!

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Sindhu has lost just 1 game in Rio - to Michelle Li in the group stage. She's been absolutely on fire ever since, which means Marin will have her work cut out tomorrow.

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Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik, and now PV Sindhu. India's women have far outshone the men this Olympics!

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But Sindhu has created history already, and even if she loses tomorrow, she has already gone far beyond everyone's expectations. Knowing her, she wouldn't want to settle for the silver, so we can expect some fireworks tomorrow!

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The gold medal match will take place tomorrow between PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin, at 7.30 p.m. IST. Needless to say, the entire Indian sports-watching population will be tuned in, eagerly anticipating the creation of history.

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Sindhu has taken the country by storm with her exploits in Rio, and it wouldn't be wrong to say that she has carved an immortal place for herself in Indian sporting history already. And to do that at the age of 21 - absolutely incredible!

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Indian fans would be dancing in front of their TV screens right now, because this a truly landmark moment in the country's sporting history. Just to remind you all, no Indian had ever reached the Olympics final in badminton before this.

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But win or lose tomorrow, Sindhu has ensured that India has its second medal of Rio 2016. And this one's going to be either a silver or a bronze too.

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Sindhu will now play the gold medal match tomorrow against Carolina Marin, and she'll certainly fancy her chances in that match!

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Okuhara showed some splendid defense in the match, but she was too tired by the end and couldn't keep up with Sindhu's variety. Still, it was a creditable performance by the Japanese, and she can hold her head high after this run.

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This show by Sindhu should be held as a template by all Indian athletes, on how to perform on the big stage. Absolutely no nerves shown by her today, despite the lopsided head-to-head against Okuhara before this match, and the fact that this is her maiden Olympic appearance. She's shown with this performance that she's wise well beyond her years!

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She gave no quarter to her Japanese opponent today, and was absolutely spot-on with her offense as well as defense. Was this the best badminton she's ever played? If not the best, it certainly has to be among the best. 

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That was a SENSATIONAL performance by the Indian, and it's fitting that she'll now have the chance to win a gold medal for India.

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Sindhu has defeated Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 to march into the singles finals!!!

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She's done it!!!

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She's one point away from glory.

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A delicate drop shot by Sindhu gives her TEN match points!!!

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2 points away now.

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She is winning this in an absolute canter! Ninth straight point!

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And Okuhara can't get to that crosscourt forehand by Sindhu, putting the Indian at 19-10!

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She's 3 points away from the final now.

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That makes it EIGHT straight points for Sindhu, giving her an 18-10 lead!@

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Are we dreaming or what? A seventh straight point!

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Wide from Okuhara. 17-10 up is Sindhu

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And it's wide from Okuhara, giving Sindhu a 17-10 lead!

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Lovel point. Finishes it with a crosscourt hit. 6 straight points after the break. 16-10

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Moving Okuhara all over the court now, and Sindhu is in full, fabulous flow! She leads 16-10 now, and is 5 points away from glory.

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Sindhu seems to be in the zone at the moment, and she's put herself 5 points ahead of her Japanese opponent. She's 6 points away from the final now!

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A 4th straight point for Sindhu after the break. 15-10

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Terrific backhand smash by Sindhu, which was set up by a very well-constructed point that kept Okuhara off-balance throughout. 14-10 to the Indian now.

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Second one on the trot for Sindhu.14-10 

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Sindhu came up with a couple of FURIOUS smashes on that point, and she roared in exultation after winning it. Killer badminton being displayed by the Indian, as she now leads 13-10.

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She gets the net kill this time. 13-10

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Error at the net just like in the opening point of the second game from Okuhara. 12-10

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A careless error by Okuhara gives Sindhu the point, and the finish line seems near now. Do we dare to dream?

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Not a lot of difference from the opening game except Sindhu squandered two net kill opportunities. She looks in control, but need to rest control a bit more, Interesting second phase of the game coming up

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Okuhara has been absolutely otherworldly with her defense, but Sindhu has been measuring her shots very well today. She's not pulling the trigger too early, as she has tended to do in her short career so far, and that has paid her rich dividends.

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And that was in! Sindhu goes into the interval with a slim 11-10 lead, but she's looking in good shape at the moment. 

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At the interval in the second game, PV Sindhu leads 11-10.

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And another routine miss by Sindhu; she had worked so hard for that point, but couldn't stick the putaway. 10-10 now, and this game looks like it will go right down to the wire - neither player is giving an inch!

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Again! At the net, an opportunity goes begging for the Indian. 10-10

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That was well long from the Japanese, and even Sindhu can't believe her luck. Lead for the Indian again, at 10-9 in this second game.

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Wide from Okuhara and Sindhu back in front.10-9

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Poor serve and good judgement from Okuhara to let that go. 9-9

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A tired-looking shot by Okuhara can't creep over the net, and Sindhu has the lead now after what seems like an eternity. The Indian will serve at 9-8 now.

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Down the line drop shot from Sindhu and she is 9-8 in front

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Okuhara having a dejected look on her face after that point.

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And Sindhu turns defense into offense in the blink of an eye, ending the point with a smash down the line to bring the score level again. It's 8-8 now.

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Jump smash from Sindhu down the line.8-8

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What an opportunity missed from Sindhu.Acres of space to hit the net kill and she instead commits an unforced error. 8-7 in front is Okuhara