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World Badminton Championships 2018, Women's Singles, Quarterfinal: PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, Live Match Updates

Sindhu def Okuhara 21-17, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals
Updated: 03 August 2018 21:31 IST - Published: 03 August 2018 17:03 IST
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And that brings us to the end of our live blog of this match.

Do join us tomorrow for the live updates from the semi-final.

Until then, it's a goodbye from all of us at Sportskeeda.
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Through Sindhu, Indian badminton has assured yet another medal from this grand tournament this year after what has so far been a very disappointing campaign.
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Sindhu will take on Akane Yamaguchi in the battle for a final spot.
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And with this, Sindhu ensures yet another medal from this prestigious tournament to add to her one silver and two bronze.
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That was an incredible display of mental strength and tactical prowess from Sindhu after that initial deficit.

Suffice to say, this was a big, big win for Sindhu. It took her only 58 minutes to master the Japanese who had denied her the gold medal last year.
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Final score: Sindhu def Okuhara 21-17, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals
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A year after losing an incredible final to Okuhara, Sindhu avenges the defeat in straight games.
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Okuhara sends the shuttle long and Sindhu WINS!!!!
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Sindhu has match point as Okuhara puts her backhand into the net.
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Okuhara comes up with a sharp crosscourt shot.

19-19
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Sindhu converted defence into incredible offence!

Gopichand applauds!

19-18 to Sindhu
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Okuhara concedes an easy point through error and it is 18-18
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Okuhara takes the immediate next point and makes it 17-17
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Now the referee intervenes and tells the umpire that Okuhara wasn't late.


The challenge is done and it shows that Okuhara was indeed out.
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Okuhara's shot lands wide and she is denied a challenge.

Sindhu given a point to go up to 17-16
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Again two points for the Japanese to get back into the lead.

16-15
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This is cat-and-mouse chase now.

Sindhu trailed but has again equalled the score at 14-14
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Sindhu tried to reach a backhand but failed 


13-13
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And Sindhu has progressed into the lead for the first time in this game.

13-12
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Pretty loose few points from the Japanese after the break and Sindhu is back in this at 11-11
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11-8 to the Japanese at the midgame interval.
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The rallie are getting longer and longer now.


45 shots!

Sindhu wins it and trails 8-10 
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Sindhu is trying to go for guile and deception to inch her way back into this.

Sindhu trails 7-10
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Sindhu comes on top of a long rally with a soft touch at the net.

It had 32 shots
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Sindhu has just gone quiet and looking subdued in this game.

She is giving away cheap points.

Okuhara leads 9-3
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Sindhu was exactly at this stage even in the first game
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And Sindhu gets two more points to now trail 3-6
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After losing five straight points, Sindhu is finally on the scoreboard at 1-5 
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Okuhara makes a positive start to Game 2 and leads 3-0
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Sindhu comes up with a pacy angular smash from the forecourt to take the first game 21-17.
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Sindhu is down on the court after relentless defence from Okuhara.

20-17
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Big crosscourt smash from Sindhu!


Game points at 20-16
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Sindhu was in control of the rally but made a mistake at the net.

Sindhu 19-16
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Okuhara is moving and fighting hard.

Sindhu is still ahead at 18-15
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And 17-13 to Sindhu now.
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Sindhu has managed to increase her lead slightly here as the intensity from both players is getting higher.

15-13 to Sindhu
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And Okuhara is right back in this.

She now trails by 1 point at 12-13
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Sindhu pushing Okuhara into the deep corner to take away the control of the net from her.

Sindhu leads 13-10
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Okuhara misses an easy shot.

Sindhu up 11-10 going into the midgame interval.
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And very quickly it is 10-10
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A rattled Okuhara has lost her sharpness and now trails 8-10
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Lovely string of points for the Indian. She is into the lead for the first time at 9-8
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It is all level at 8-8
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This time Okuhara goes wide. She is clearly perplexed.

8-7
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Again great play by Sindhu. Flicking the shuttle fast into the deep corners to surprise the Japanese.

Sindhu 6-8
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Good length from Sindhu. She comes up with a flat shot that lands on the backline.

4-7
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It is 6-3 to the Japanese.
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Sindhu trying for crosscourt angles, but the precision is missing.

Sindhu 2-5
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Now Okuhara sends the shuttle wide!

She is 4-2
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Yet again, it is the same error.

Sindhu 1-4