Sindhu in semis; Sameer, Satwik-Chirag lose in Korea Open quarters

Posted September 18, 2017

She held her nerve to win the third, though, and seal a 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 victory to gain avenge for a similarly epic defeat in the final of last month's World Championships.

Satwik and Chirag, who reached their first ever Super Series quarterfinal, gave a good account of themselves despite losing to third seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan 14-21, 21-17, 15-21.

IN A REPEAT of World Badminton Championships finals between PV Sindhu and Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, the result favoured the Indian this time. However, all the statistics didn't matter as Sindhu reigned in her unforced errors that cost her the second game to eventually seal another Super Series final spot without much ado. When things looked like slipping put of Sindhu's hands, Sindhu stepped up her game and took the attack to Okuhara.

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Sameer Verma, meanwhile, lost to South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho 22-20, 10-21, 13-21 in an hour and nine minutes. The highest number of rally in this match was 56 shots that left both the shuttlers gasp for breath.

Sindhu and Okura played a neck-to-neck first game before Japanese dominated the second game. Sindhu took an early lead and went into the break with an 11-5 lead.

It seems Prime Minister Narendra Modi was occupied by the intensity of PV Sindhu's Korea Open finals. A deceiving return on Bingjiao's serve saw Sindhu save a game point but the Chinese sealed it next when the Indian found the net again.

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Okuhara was subdued with minor tweaks to Sindhu's game - corrections that coach Gopichand personally supervised right from the day after the duo returned from Glasgow.

"There were some really long rallies, just like in the World Championships". Since then, the Korean player has climbed up to world ranking. Both Sindhu and Okuhara displayed their strengths, with Sindhu focusing on her strokeplay and Okuhara on her angles.

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