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Indonesia Open 2019 Quarter Finals Highlights: PV Sindhu defeats Nozomi Okuhara 21-14, 21-7

Indonesia Open 2019 Quarter Finals Highli: PV Sindhu defeats third seeded Nozomi Okuhara in the quarterfinals by 21-14, 21-7.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 19, 2019 7:46:43 pm
Indonesia Open 2019 Quarter Finals Highlights: Sindhu progresses into the semi-final

Indonesia Open 2019 Quarter Finals Highlights: Lone Indian flagbearer left at the Indonesian Open Super Series, PV Sindhu defeated Japanese Nozomi Okuhara by 21-14, 21-7, seeded third, in the women’s singles quarterfinals on Friday. Despite her difficult third win over World No. 13 Mia Blichfeldt in the second round, it turned to be a cakewalk for Sindhu, who is seeded fifth.

Although, Okuhara defeated Sonia Cheah in straight games in her previous round, she fell to her defeat against the 2017 World Championships final opponent.

Sindhu remains the lone Indian surviving in the competition after Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out in straight games by Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus 21-17, 21-19 in 39 minutes. Top seeds Si Wei Zheng and Ya Qiong Huang eliminated Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy 21-14, 21-11 in 33 minutes as India’s mixed doubles campaign came to an end too. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were also knocked out by top seeds Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo.

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Indonesia Open 2019 Quarter Finals Highlights:

17:47 (IST)19 Jul 2019

PV Sindhu wins 13 back-to-back points to defeat Japan's Nozomi Okuhara by 21-14, 21-7 to progress to the next round. She will face the second seed Chen Yufei in the semi-final. It could be said that it was a brilliant performance by Sindhu but Okuhara also seemed to be struggling in the match. 

17:43 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 17-7 Okuhara in 2nd game

PV Sindhu is running away with the match. She wins six back-to-back points to make it difficult for her Japanese opponent to make a comeback. It almost feels like Okuhara has given up

17:41 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 12-7 Okuhara in 2nd game

Okuhara claims the first point after the interval but Sindhu responds with a smash to take the next point. Scoreboard reading 12-7 in Sindhu's favour.

17:39 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 11-6 Okuhara in 2nd game

PV Sindhu is another step closer to booking semifinal spot, goes into mid-game break with a five-point lead at 11- 6

17:37 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 9-5 Okuhara in 2nd game

Sindhu replies to Okuhara's attempts by taking the next three points. But Okuhara will not make it easy for the fifth-seeded shuttler to take the game, and with that, the match away

17:34 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 6-4 Okuhara in 2nd game

Okuhara wins three back-to-back points in attempts of making a comeback. The Indian shuttler struggling with forehand shots

17:32 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 6-1 Okuhara in 2nd game

Sindhu is on a roll! She has brought her aggressive side on, refusing to give any points away. That's a few more unforced errors from Okuhara

17:30 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 3-1 Okuhara in 2nd game

Okuhara does not have a good start in the second game as well.  A number of unforced errors gives the lead to Sindhu at the start of the second game. 

17:26 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu wins first game

PV Sindhu has a confident opening game, wins the first game 21-14 against Okuhara. She is now a game away from semifinal. 

17:22 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 17-11 Okuhara

Sindhu is on a roll, collects back-to-back points as Okuhara struggles to keep up. She has taken a six-point lead now. A number of wrong-foots by Okuhara sees her falling back. Looks difficult to make a comeback from here

17:20 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 14-10 Okuhara

Sindhu has returned from the first interval even more confident, more aggressive. She takes the first point after the break with a long rally ending in her favour to make it 14-10 in no time.

17:15 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 11-8 Okuhara

PV Sindhu begins well, trails in between but goes into the mid-game break with the score reading 11-8 in her favour. A three-point lead is not bad against the third-seed

17:13 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu 8-6 Okuhara

This is the first two-point lead Sindhu has been able to manage after the initial lead. Sindhu makes good use of her height as Okuhara fails to reach the shuttle. 

17:10 (IST)19 Jul 2019

Sindhu did take the lead after Okuhara levelled the game at 4-4 but her shot failed to cross the net and the game is again level at 5-5. It would have been a very good opportunity for Sindhu as Okuhara was on the floor in the last rally. Wasted opportunity

17:06 (IST)19 Jul 2019

What a rally! A thrilling start to the quarterfinal clash as Okuhara levels the first game at 4-4. Thundering atmosphere in Jakarta as the two shuttlers are cheered on

17:03 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu begins well

A solid start from PV Sindhu as she grabs the first two points of the first game. Sindhu has a good record of starting big clashes well but falters in the middle. Is that going to repeat today?

17:01 (IST)19 Jul 2019

PV Sindhu vs Okuhara is underway in Jakarta as the two ace players fight for a spot in the semifinal

17:00 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Warm up

Sindhu and Okuhara are warming up for the clash! Remember: This is their 8th match since Glasgow and Sindhu has won 4 out of the last 7.

16:51 (IST)19 Jul 2019

Well, bad news. Star sports is broadcasting matches from the other court. Sindhu-Okuhara match is not being broadcast on television.

16:29 (IST)19 Jul 2019
Sindhu up next

Sindhu and Okuhara are up next. Right now is all Chinese women's double match taking place in Court 2 between Du Yue-Li Yin Hui and Chen Qing Chen-Jia Yi Fan. 

Sindhu, seeded fifth, had to dig deep into her reservoir of experience as she slugged it out for 62 minutes to beat unseeded Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark 21-14 17-21 21-11 in a second-round encounter. The start was far from impressive for Sindhu as Blichfeldt took a 6-3 lead before the Indian got her act together to draw level. From that point, Sindhu raised her game gradually and relied on her long reach and smashes to pocket the first game 21-14. The second game witnessed a tough fight between the two shuttlers but Blichfeldt made a strong comeback to take a 9-5 and then a 10-7 lead. Sindhu then pocketed three straight points to level the scores at 10-10. But the Dane meant business as she took full advantage of the Indian's unforced errors to clinch the second game and draw parity in the match. The decider, however, turned out to be a one-sided affair as Sindhu got her composure back and ran away with the game after some initial resistance from Blichfeldt.