PV Sindhu displayed a phenomenal game after the young Indian shuttler grabbed a convincing 21-19. 21-10 win over Japan’s Okuhara in the women’s singles semis. In the first game, both kept going back and forth with Sindhu taking three point leads at regular stages before having it reduced to a single point in most stages. Okuhara would also force Sindhu back into the final third and produce lovely drop shots to keep the Indian shuttler on her toes.
The second game was a contest in the first part but Sindhu looked a different player after the pep talk by Pulella Gopichand. Okuhara continued to make errors after errors and Sindhu would dispatch low returns with ease. Sindhu finally won the match and was down on the ground when she hit a smash into open court.
Sindhu’s father was very happy after his daughter’s emphatic win. “We are very happy! We are very happy!, he said after Sindhu entered the finals.
Sindhu’s father also said that he was bit nervous in the first set as the competition was neck to neck. He said, “first set was a bit tense, it was going head to head”.
Sindhu first pocketed the first game and then fired on cylinders to dominate here Japanese opponent in the second, winning it 21-10 and sealing the final berth.
“When she was leading 15-10 in the second game then we thought that she will now win”, said Sindhu’s father.
Talking about her daughter’s coach Pullela Gopichand, Sindhu’s father praised the hard work put in by the teacher-student duo.
“Both she and Gopichand are working very hard, if she plays like this then she will surely win,” he added.
Sindhu’s mother too expressed her excitement on the achievement of her daughter.
“We have been going to the temple everyday and even tomorrow we will. She will win by god’s grace. We will be celebrating now, we are extremely happy and proud’.