Okuhara was worthy of a powerful opponent as she fought relentlessly till the last serve, only to be defeated by Sindhu who played brilliantly and never gave up.
The 22-year-old Indian had come into the match with a 3-5 head-to-head record, having lost to the Chinese at the Asia Badminton Championship this year. Both players showed great spirit and determination. I want to dedicate this title to the country, coach, my parents and all my support staff. Her physical ability has a lot of advantage. The Rio encounter was the only match that ended in straight games with Sindhu entering the famed final. However, the third one was the decider and went neck-to-neck before the Indian shuttler imposed her dominance and did not let it go of the lead.
Eighty three minutes of physically and mentally exhausting exchanges against an accomplished Japanese, the reigning World Champion, might have a lot to do with her eventual equanimity and visible lack of crowd-pleasing roaring antics that follow exultant victories. "At every tournament there is someone who wins and someone who loses; you just take the points and work on them". She did not struggle much and she reached the final of Korean open badminton championship. Okuhara managed to save two game points as she equalized 20-all.
An 18-14 lead seemed to be healthy for Sindhu but a feisty Okuhara didn't allow the Indian to roll to the title. It was perhaps fitting that the match ended with another long rally, as Sindhu forced Okuhara to hit wide soon after.
Sindhu moved to a 19-15 lead before Bingjiao produced a powerful smash to gather a point, but the Indian was in no mood to stretch it any further as she moved to match-point when Bingjiao hit wide again. 'India is immensly proud of her accomplishment, ' said PM Modi. "Also, it's heartening to see the congratulatory messages (tweets) pouring in after the win".
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