Badminton World Championships: PV Sindhu settles for silver, loses to Japan’s Okuhara in final

first_imgPV Sindhu settled for silver as she went down to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in an hour and 50 minutes in the women’s singles final of the World Championships in Glasgow on Sunday.WATCH FULL VIDEOSindhu and Okuhara played relentless badminton in the longest match of the tournament but the Indian lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara’s sheer fitness.2013 – ??2014 – ??2017 – ??#Sindhu becomes the second Indian to win a silver at Worlds. Proud of your performance, champion! #2017BWC BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2017While both players looked out of breath and struggled to move, Sindhu got a bit more tired than the Japanese and that led to the end result.Photo Credit: AP While Sindhu got home the silver, Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze medal after she lost to Nozomi Okuhara 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 in the semi-final on Saturday.Screengrab The match started like it ended with both Sindhu and Okuhara alternating the points before Okuhara took the lead at 5-3.Thereafter, Sindhu began to dominate the rallies, going for early attacks and targetting Okuhara’s near court to win eight points on the trot to lead 11-5 at the break.Okuhara found her way back into the game after the break and her incessant returns and long rallies pushed Sindhu at the back. With Sindhu leading 14-11, Okuhara won five straight points to not only snatch Sindhu’s lead but go ahead 16-14.Sindhu fought back from there and levelled the game at 18-18, only for Okuhara establish her strength in long rallies and win the first game 21-19.advertisementSindhu began the second game strongly and raced to an early 5-1 lead and though Okuhara kept fighting back, Sindhu went into the break with a three-point cushion.Unbelievable returns and relentless spirit from Okuhara was the highlight of her game as levelled the match at 13-13.Sindhu established her control once more to go ahead at 17-14 and held on to take the match point at 20-17.Okuhara brought out her exquisite net play in the next three rallies to tie the game at 20-20 but Sindhu didn’t back down and a 73-shot rally at 21-20 ended Sindhu’s way to win the game 22-20 and the match went into the decider.Photo Credit: AP Okuhara began the third game strongly but Sindhu kept pace with her Japanese opponent and after some intense action, Sindhu went into the break with an 11-9 lead.After the halfway mark, both the players alternated the points once more and after one hour and 37 minutes of continuous badminton, the game was level at 16-16.The two players were so tired that they kept biding time after each rally and the chair umpire had troubling keeping them on the court. After many warnings, Sindhu even picked up a yellow card for her offence.Photo Credit: AP At 19-19, Okuhara again targetted Sindhu’s corners and a tired Sindhu faultered to give Okuhara the match point but levelled back the proceedings at 20-20 not letting go.A visibly tired Sindhu was unable to keep pace thereafter and a stable Okuhara cracked her down to win the decider 22-20 and become the 2017 World Champion.Photo Credit: AP This has to go down as one of the best matches in history. Incredible!! [email protected] @nozomi_o11- Kirsty Gilmour (@KirstyGilmourr) August 27, 2017last_img