World badminton PV Sindhu wins the Silver Medal

Posted August 28, 2017

"I am very exhausted", she said. She has to destroy Japan's Nozomi Okuhara, who made the Saina Nehwal lost in Semi Final in the women's Singles final, to reach her destination.

"I think 21 points is good, there will be long rallies and it won't be possible to keep it within 30-40 minutes because it a world championship and everybody is a world class player", she said. "Everybody aims for gold and I was there very close but that last moment changed everything", she said referring to crucial unforced error at 20-20 in the deciding game.

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It was only justified that the game went down the wire to stand at 20-20.

After the change of sides, Saina failed to reach for a couple of forecourt returns, helping Okuhara opened up a 4-0 lead early on. The best part is that despite not being at 100 per cent peak fitness, her body language shows the hunger to win.

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Saina took Okuhara out with a attractive misleading shot to race to an 8-2 lead. Okuhara's strategy of playing long rallies tested Saina's fitness to the core. She overcame the unseeded Cheung Ngan Yi 21-13, 21-9 in the second round, 14th seed Sayaka Takahashi 21-18, 21-14 in the third round, sixth seed Wang Yihan 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 in the quarters and the unseeded Lindaweni Fanetri 21-17, 21-17 to book a final date with Marin. Sindhu, seeded fourth, was a little sluggish to start with and was 3-5 at one point but she managed to reel off eight points on the trot to grab an 11-5 lead at the break. Okuhara is now ranked 12th in the world but was ranked as high as 3 once. It resulted in five straight points and the Japanese took a 6-3 lead. Sindhu then won a point by pushing the shuttle at the back of the court. However, she ran into a wall yesterday as the Indian shuttler held firm against the junior world champion. Okuhara continued to accumulate points, sometimes using her disguise at the net. After closing the second game by winning an incredible 73-shot rally, Sindhu saved one championship point in the decider but it was the Rio Olympic bronze medallist who had the last laugh.

Asked about her chances ahead of the final, Sindhu had admitted "not going to be an easy match" but that she would give her best.

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