Sindhu Returns with a Silver

Posted August 28, 2017

Along with the win, Okuhara became the first Japanese player to enter in the final of the World Badminton Championship.

While Sindhu got home the silver, Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze medal after she lost to Okuhara 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 in the semi-final on Saturday. Sindhu has a 3-3 head-to-head record with her summit clash rival Okuhara in their last six meetings.

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After comfortably winning the opening game, Nehwal went down in the second before she rebounded strongly to register a 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 win over her Scottish opponent.

4 Hyderabadi finished the game in just 48 minutes to reach the finals of this competition for the first time in her career.

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"I am very exhausted", she said. It must be remembered that most of the time when the rallies were long, Sindhu was able to stay in contention for the point, even if it meant pulling off reflex returns, from behind her back or at a long, ligament-tearing stretch if she needed to. The plan was to play an aggressive game, not allowing Okuhara to settle down. A net error stopped Okuhara's run as Sindhu held a 11-8 lead, which she extended to 18-16. Sindhu then won a point by pushing the shuttle at the back of the court. The Japanese lobbed and backed them up with drops, making Sindhu bend and rise quite regularly - draining her.

Saina has to work out ways to compensate for age taking its toll, be inspired by someone like Lin Dan, who at 33 has reached his seventh world championship final.

"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. At 17-all, Saina wasted a great chance to take the lead as she fired a smash wide right.

India's other badminton sensation Saina Nehwal won bronze.