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Thailand Open 2018, Women's Singles, Final: PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, Live Match Updates

Final Score: Nozomi Okuhara beats PV Sindhu; 21-15, 21-18.
Updated: 15 July 2018 16:51 IST - Published: 15 July 2018 13:48 IST
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Sindhu finishes second in the tournament. 
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OKUHARA WINS THE THAILAND OPEN! 
The Japanese with a superb display to win the tournament. She was a league above her opponent PV Sindhu today. 

Final Score: Nozomi Okuhara beats PV Sindhu; 21-15, 21-18. 
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Match point, Okuhara. 
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Sindhu sends the shuttle out-of-bounds trying to hit a smash. 
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Can Sindhu take advantage of her new-found momentum?

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18-18! Sindhu is level! 
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OH WOW! WHAT A RALLY! The crowd is up on their feat after what they have just witnessed! A rally of more than thirty shots as both player respond to each-others' shots. Okuhara sends the shuttle flying outside to lose the point. 17-18. 
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Okuhara with another smash! 16-18. 
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16-17! Sindhu within touching distance. 
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Wow! All credit must go to Okuhara, even though she lost the point. The Japanese does superbly to reply to not one, not two but THREE of Sindhu's smashes! However, Okuhara loses her balance and concedes the point eventually! 15-17. 
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And yet another smash by Okuhara! The Japanese is looking unbeatable right now! 14-17. 
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What a smash by Okuhara! She is looking to finish the match off quickly! 14-16. 
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Sindhu loses her composure and hits the shuttle out-of-bounds! 14-15. 
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Okuhara challenging this time. The shuttle is in by a whisker and Okuhara loses the challenge! Sindhu is level! 14-14. 
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Sindhu challenges the umpire's call. She is claiming the shuttle went out. However, the replay shows that the shuttle dropped inside the court and Sindhu loses the challenge. 12-14. 
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An error by Sindhu as she lets the shuttle fall into her court, thinking that it was going outside. 12-13, Okuhara leads. 
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Over twenty shots in the rally, after which Okuhara sends the shuttle oustide! 12-12. 
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Okuhara doing in this game what Sindhu couldn't in the previous one! She is leveling with Sindhu again and again, even after trailing multiple times! 
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And it is level yet again! 11-11. 
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Okuhara gets the point as play resumes! 11-10. 
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Sindhu reaches the eleven point mark first! We go into a mid-game break! 11-9, Sindhu leads. 
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9-9! The match is level yet again! 
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This time Okuhara's smash works! 9-8. 
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Okuhara hits the net! 9-7. 
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Okuhara with a rare error to give Sindhu the lead. 8-7, to the Indian.
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Smash by Sindhu! Okuhara has no reply! 7-7. 
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Some of the rallies have been superb today. And here is one, yet again! It looked like Sindhu has nabbed the winner early on but somehow Okuhara sent the shuttle back. The two shuttlers then engaged in a long battle which Okuhara wins after Sindhu is unable to pick up a drop-shot. 6-7. 
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Another brilliant rally ends with SIndhu sending the shuttle outside the court. Sindhu has lost her four point lead! 6-6. 
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Sindhu hits the net! She has given Okuhara a way back into the game. 5-6. 
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Sindhu misjudges the shot and loses the point to Okuhara. She then loses the very next point as well. 6-4. 
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What a stunning rally! Both the players unable to get the better of each other and engage in a 26-shot rally! The rally ends with Okuhara hits the net. 6-2. 
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Sindhu hits the shuttle too hard and it flies outside! 5-2. 
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Smash by Sindhu! 5-1! 
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Sindhu goes for the winner and the referee calls it fair. OKuhara thinks it went out and is challenging the decision.

Okuhara loses the challenge. 3-1 to Sindhu. 
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Sindhu hits the net, gifting Okuhara the point. 2-1. 
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Okuhara attempts a smash of her own! However, the shuttle flies outside! 2-0. 
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Stunning Smash by Sindhu to start the second game! 1-0. 
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If Sindhu loses this game, she will lose the match! 
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Game 2 coming up! 

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And Game, Okuhara! The Japanese takes the first game 21-15 after SIndhu hits the net. The Indian was following the Japanese closely throughout the game. However, Okuhara stretched her lead right at the end, ending all hopes of a comeback! 
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Game point, Okuhara after Sindhu hits the shuttle outside. 
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15-19! Okuhara very close to sealing the first game! 
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Funnily, Sindhu tries to hit the shuttle with her hand rather than the racquet for the very next point. What was she doing? 15-18. 
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15-17! Sindhu with another point! 
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Excellent, excellent play by both the shuttlers! Sindhu makes Okuhara run from corner to corner. The Japanese does really well to save the point on two occasions. However, Okuhara is rendered out-of-balance in the process and Sindhu hits the winner. 14-17. 
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Okuhara with the point! 13-17! 
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13-16! This game is going back-and-forth! 
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Sindhu tries to trick Okuhara into hitting the net yet again. However, the Japanese shuttler turns the point around! 12-16. 
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Sindhu with the point as Okuhara hits the net. 12-15.