Korea Open: PV Sindhu defeats Nozomi Okuhara to clinch title

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The win didn't come easy for Sindhu as Okuhara fought right to the end in an exhilarating match that was nearly a replica of the World Championships encounter, with a reverse result. Sindhu clinched her third Superseries title with her win in the Korean Super Series.

This is her second Super Series final after winning the title in India Open earlier this year. "It only registered in my brain that I had won the 21st point of the decider, and the match; and gained some level of revenge for my defeat at Nozomi's hands in the World Championship final". Sindhu managed to hold on to the lead and win the third game 21-16 to seal a place in the final.

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Sindhu had come into the match with a 3-5 head to head count, having lost to the Chinese at the Asia Badminton Championship in April this year. Mitani then erased the deficit but Sindhu ensured she had the bragging rights after the first game as she sealed it quickly. Both players showed great spirit and determination. Things changed in the second game as Sindhu looked exhausted while Okuhara on the other hand was calm and composed.

The world number 4 played ruthlessly against the 8th seeded Okuhara as she dominated her in every form. When the second set lead for Okuhara read 16-9, Sindhu would wisely catch her breath. Sindhu committed some unforced errors here and allowed Mita ni to lead 16-13.

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The script didn't change much after the break as Sindhu continued to lead even as Bingjiao struggled with her length and ended up sending the shuttle wide and long. Korean top seed Son Wan beat Verma 20-22 21-10 21-13. Sindhu closed the match with a lucky net chord to set up another clash with Okuhara in Sunday's final.

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