The Indian Shuttler who is playing well in the World Badminton battle and confirmed silver medal, PV Sindhu, in her match on Saturday night, performed well in Semi-final match to her Chinese opponent and made the audience shocked for his game. Their last meeting came earlier this year in Singapore, where the Indian won in three games.
Japanese Nozumi Okuhara, who had defeated Saina Nehwal in the semifinals, won against Sindhu 21-19, 20-22, 22-20. The all round game of PV Sindhu made it hard for the 19-year old Chinese player to beat her. Stay tuned for the latest updates. In the second game, her outstanding game made Sindhu lead for eight points by 8-0.
After winning the first game 21-12, Saina, who is yet to regain full fitness after her knee surgery in August 2016, and looked exhausted.
Lin has reached the final for the first time since his last world title in 2013 by taking out No. 1-ranked Son Wan-ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-14 in an hour.
But Saina's biggest strength has always been her mind.
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The second game saw Okuhara returning the compliment, drawing Saina into long rallies.
Sindhu, 22, and Okuhara, 22, have won three games apiece from six outings between them and in the Japanese, the Hyderabadi faces an opponent that likes to play fast-paced shuttle.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also tweeted to congratulate Sindhu for her wonderful match performance. A brilliant inside-out smash gave Saina two back-to-back points for the first time since the opening rallies of this game, but the Japanese scored two more points to take the game to 13-7.
When it was done, almost two hours of sweat-soaked, adrenalin-charged, toe-to-toe, lung-busting, heart-wrenching badminton finished in the blink of an eye with a Nozumi Okuhara victor, PV Sindhu stood bent over double. Okuhara would be a tough competitor as she showed against Saina. "It was disappointing to have lost the match despite being a game up".
The third game too went right down to the wire and it was the Japanese who held her nerve to take it 22-20 after having one match point.