PV Sindhu wins Korea Super Series title

PV Sindhu wins Korea Super Series title

Sameer faced defeat against the Korean player with 20-22, 21-10, 21-13 in a 69-minute long duel.

The 2016 Rio Olympic silver medallist had clinched China Super Series in 2016 and has won India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season. Sindhu proved a point but calmly refrained from rubbing it in the face of both her opponent as well as critics who were wondering about two second-place, silver-medal finishes - at the Olympics and the Worlds - in as many years. However Sindhu bounced back in the third game beating 21-16 and making it to the final. The world number four then couldn't keep the pace in 2nd set after a 13-8 lead she gave away the game 21-18 as the Japanese pulled off a stunning comeback forcing Sindhu to make errors. Hardly a month after tasting defeat against Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara during the World Championship, it must have been sweet revenge for Sindhu to vanquish the latter to clinch the global title. Sindhu then stamped her authority with two shots which Okuhara failed to defend as the Indian clinched the first game 22-20. Concentrating on the same strategy, the Japanese led 11-9 at the changeover.

It was sweet revenge for Sindhu who had gone down to Okuhara in the final of the recent World Championships in Glasgow. While the World Championships final, a 110-minute epic battle, stands out among all with an extraordinary 73-shot rally being the highlight, Sunday's encounter too was equally engrossing. Sindhu won a hard-fought opening game 22-20. She opened up an 11-6 handsome lead. Sindhu was unable to play her best attacking game, and instead was reduced to playing long rallies which suited the supremely fit Japanese player very well. "Congratulations", Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. She began to get the right length and found her rhythm.

Sindhu held a 19-17 lead and it became 20-18.

It now remains to be seen if Sindhu can replicate this level of determination and resolve on Okuhara's home territory, as the badminton circus moves to Tokyo for the Japan Open Superseries championships starting on Tuesday.

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