PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, World Badminton Championships Final: PV Sindhu loses in the final; settles for silver

BWF World Championships: Rio silver medallist PV Sindhu went down 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in the final to twelfth seed Nozomi Okuhara from Japan in Court 1, Glasgow, Scotland. She settled for silver in the tournament while Saina Nehwal ended her campaign with bronze.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 27, 2017 9:29:08 pm
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Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu is all set to create history as she faces Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final on Sunday at Glasgow, Scotland. The Hyderabadi shuttler looks confident after knocking out China’s Chen Yufei in the semifinals on Saturday, assuring India of at least a silver. On the other hand, Okuhara defeated Saina Nehwal, who ended her campaign with bronze, in a close encounter to reach the final. Okuhara struggled against the London Olympic bronze medallist in the first game but returned in the second game to turn the match in her favour. Sindhu said ahead of the match, “It will be a tough match in the final. Though I have beaten her (Okuhara) in the Olympics, it is a new match and there will be a new strategy. She will also come up with new strokes and I will have to be prepared. I will give my heart out for the gold.” Follow the page for live updates and scores of women’s singles final between PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara.

PV Sindhu loses 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara in the final

2121 hrs IST: PV Sindhu went down in the decider 22-20. It was a hard-fought battle, which continued till the last point. The shuttler, however, settled for silver. This is India’s second silver at the World Badminton Championships.

2115 hrs IST: Sindhu makes it 20-20. Neither of the women are ready to give up.

2111 hrs IST: PV Sindhu on the floor as she takes a shot. She gets up in hope of keeping the lead and winning the decider. Sindhu 19-18 Okuhara.

2101 hrs IST: Neck-to-neck match between the two players continues. Sindhu makes it 15-15. This does not seem like a match, it is war where every point counts.

2059 hrs IST: Sindhu gets warning for taking extra time. Okuhara, meanwhile, takes 13-12 lead.

2055 hrs IST: Okuhara refuses to give up. Everytime she trails by more than two points, the two engage in a wonderful rally and the tables turn. Okuhara makes it 11-11.

2052 hrs IST: Like the previous two games, Sindhu goes into the decider break with 11-9 advantage.

2044 hrs IST: Sindhu trails but takes the game ahead to make it 7-7. Neck to neck match. Not to forget, Okuhara is the same opponent who defeated Saina in the semifinals.

2036 hrs IST: Okuhara takes an early lead in the game after the two started with 1-1. The decider game stands at 4-1 in favour of Okuhara.

2028 hrs IST: Sindhu wins the second game 22-20. What a closely-contested game, it could have gone in anyone’s favour. Sindhu, however, was the better of the two after the break point, taking the match into decider.

2025 hrs IST: Sindhu gets closer to winning the second game. Lead the game 21-20. Anything could happen now.

2019 hrs IST: Sindhu takes the game back in her control as she makes it 17-14. Even though the two look tired, Sindhu maintains the lead after a brilliant rally.

2013 hrs IST: And the repeat of Game 1 happens as Okuhara makes it equal after break at 12-12. It has been a hard-fought game so far for Sindhu, unlike her semifinal and quarterfinal matches.

2007 hrs IST: Sindhu goes into the break with 11-8. The game looks similar to the first one when the Indian went into the break with an advantage but started trailing towards the end of game. Let us hope the same is not repeated in this game.

2003 hrs IST: Well done Sindhu. The Hyderabadi shuttler makes it 9-3, a four point advantage but only to lose a few points as the match gets close to break. Sindhu 9-7.

2000 hrs IST: Fourth seed Sindhu begins the match on a positive note. She takes 6-2 lead in the beginning as Okuhara tries a comeback again.

1955 hrs IST: Sindhu loses the first game against Okuhara. The match can be divided into three phases. First, both players matching each other’s play, taking measured points. Second, Sindhu takes lead and goes into break with 11-5 lead. Third, Sindhu trails Okuhara by four points towards the end of the match to finally lose against twelfth seed 19-21.

1951 hrs IST: Sindhu makes it equal at 18-18. Anything could happen as the game gets more interesting.

1949 hrs IST: What a dramatic turnaround. After Sindhu was leading the game with four points into the break, Japan’s Okuhara turned the game in her stride to stand four points ahead of Sindhu at 18-14.

1947 hrs IST: Okuhara figured a way to get past Sindhu as she makes it 17-14 in her favour.

1945 hrs IST: Okuhara attempts a comeback as she reduces the gap to 14-13 first, then equalling it at 14-14.

1940 hrs IST: Sindhu keeps the game in her favour but loses on a point after a stunning rally. Sindhu leads 13-10 against Okuhara.

1937 hrs IST: Sindhu makes it 11-5 at break. Good job with the lead. Now the Hyderabadi shuttler needs to maintain the point difference to win the first game in hope of historic gold.

1935 hrs IST: Fourth seed Sindhu finally takes the lead. The first game stands at 8-5. She now needs to maintain the lead.

1927 hrs IST: Match begins. Both the girls keep the game draw at 5-5, each taking one step at at time.

1924 hrs IST: Nozomi Okuhara facing close to the wall, seemingly praying. All set for the final now as Sindhu warm ups – shadow, quick jogs, hands stretched full behind back.

1909 hrs IST: Women’s singles final between PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara is now underway. Sindhu in yellow, the colour she wore during her Rio final match. She got a rousing applause as she entered the court.

1901 hrs IST: Sindhu to start play in a few minutes from now. Sindhu had said after winning the semifinal, ” “When you get to the final, you want to win. You want to win the gold medal for the country and you can do anything for the country. It was the same in Rio last year and I want to win a medal for my country. It will be a tough match in the final. Though I have beaten her (Okuhara) in the Olympics, it is a new match and there will be a new strategy. She will also come up with new strokes and I will have to be prepared. I will give my heart out for the gold.”

1850 hrs IST: Chinese pair of Chen Qingshen-Jia Yifan win the women’s doubles 21-18, 17-21, 21-15. Next up is Sindhu vs Okuhara. Wishes for the Hyderabadi shuttler pouring in.

1823 hrs IST: The Japanese pair Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota won the second game 21-17. The match moves on to the deciding game with the Chinese pair taking the lead.

1823 hrs IST: Sindhu and Okuhara last faced each other at the Singapore Open in April. They have played each other twice till now and both the matches have been won by the fourth seeded Sindhu.

1810 hrs IST: Sindhu takes the court after doubles women final match between China’s Chen Qingshen-Jia Yifan and Japan’s Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota. The Chinese pair won the first game 21-18.

1750 hrs IST: All Indian eyes are on Sindhu as the country stops to watch their badminton star fight for World Championships glory after Saina Nehwal departed with a bronze medal as she went down 12-21, 21-17, 21-11 in the other semi-final against Sindhu’s final opponent Okuhara.

1730 hrs IST: This is going to be a historic match for the country as all eyes will be on the Rio silver medallist Sindhu, who faces 12th seed Okuhara from Japan. Seeded fourth, Sindhu beat China’s Chen Yufei 21-13, 21-10  in the semi-finals to record an easy win, dominating the match with her attacking plays and some jump smashes. With the win, Sindhu stays unbeaten against a Chinese player at the Worlds!

1715 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the BWF World Championships final taking place in Glasgow, Scotland as PV Sindhu faces Nozomi Okuhara in hope of a historic gold.

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