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Sunday, Aug 18, 2019

World Badminton Championships highlights: PV Sindhu loses final to Nozomi Okuhara, settles for silver

PV Sindhu lost to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Sunday to settle for a silver medal. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, World Badminton Championships, here.

other-sports Updated: Aug 27, 2017 21:35 IST
Sandip Sikdar
Sandip Sikdar
Hindustan Times
PV Sindhu (L) lost to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Sunday. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, World Badminton Championships, here.
PV Sindhu (L) lost to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Sunday. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, World Badminton Championships, here. (HT Photo)

PV Sindhu had to settle for a silver as she lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final of the World Badminton Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Sunday. This was the maiden Worlds summit clash for both girls, who won medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. While Sindhu clinched silver last year after beating Nozomi in the semi-finals, the Japanese had to settle for the bronze. But today it was Nozomi who came out on top by clinching the gold while Sindhu had to settle for the silver. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, World Badminton Championships, here.

21:40 hrs IST: That is all from us tonight. Hope you enjoyed our coverage!

21:34 hrs IST: India has had two silver winners in the last two editions of the World Championships - Saina in 2015 and Sindhu now with the latter also clinching the silver at 2016 Rio

21:31 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal is also at the presentation ceremony for the bronze medal

21:27 hrs IST: Eventually Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara defeated Indian fourth seed PV Sindhu 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in an hour and 50 minutes to win the World Championship.

21:23 hrs IST: What a match that was! Wow! Just incredible!

21:19 hrs IST: Sindhu has lost! Nozomi is World Champion!

21:17 hrs IST: Sindhu has levelled it at 20-all!

21:15 hrs IST: Championship point for Okuhara

21:12 hrs IST: We are lost for words! Sindhu leads 19-18!

21:11 hrs IST: Sindhu leads 19-17! 2 points away from the title!

21:09 hrs IST: Sindhu is just three points away from a World Championship!

21:05 hrs IST: We are nearing the end of the match but still unsure who is going to win, such close this match has been

21:04 hrs IST: It is level again at 15-15!

21:02 hrs IST: That last rally lasted 43 shots! This is turning out

21:00 hrs IST: Sindhu has been shown the yellow card for taking too much time in between points!

20:57 hrs IST: Both these players are extremely tired, apparent from their faces. But neither wants to give up, both want that elusive title

20:56 hrs IST: This is a match for the ages! Level at 11-11

20:53 hrs IST: And Sindhu for the third time in match goes into the mid-game break ahead, this time 11-9

20:52 hrs IST: A big ‘Come on’ from Sindhu on winning her 10th point, fists pumped from Gopichand

20:50 hrs IST: Level at 9-all again! This is one edge of the seat thriller

20:49 hrs IST: Quite a topsy-turvy match! Sindhu 9-7 in front

20:47 hrs IST: What an amazing final so far!

20:46 hrs IST: Sindhu has levelled it at 7-7!

20:44 hrs IST: We are now an hour and 14 minutes into the final

20:43 hrs IST: Where do these players find this amazing strength and resistance?

20:42 hrs IST: This just might end up being another tight contest

20:40 hrs IST: This is what other badminton players have to say about the match

20:39 hrs IST: Nozomi has won five straight points to go 5-1 ahead! Sindhu has to stop her now

20:38 hrs IST: And Okuhara has taken a 4-1 lead!

20:35 hrs IST: The decider has begun!

20:33 hrs IST: Apparently that last rally lasted 73 shots! Amazing badminton

20:32 hrs IST: That was the grandest of rallies! Wow! Badminton of the highest class and Sindhu takes the game 22-20 on her fourth gamepoint!

20:29 hrs IST: Fourth gamepoint for Sindhu! Can she close it?

20:28 hrs IST: Sindhu has given away all three gamepoints! Is it the end for her?

20:27 hrs IST: Gamepoint for Sindhu and crowd goes wild! Lot of Indians there at the Emirates Arena

20:26 hrs IST: Sindhu, no matter how close it got, has managed to retain the lead

20:22 hrs IST: Attempts of jump smash from Sindhu! You do not see that often.

20:21 hrs IST:Okuhara has fought back and is trailing 15-17

20:20 hrs IST: This Japanese has excellent retrieving skills!

20:18 hrs IST: That was a lovely rally and a superb comeback from Sindhu

20:16 hrs IST: But wait Sindhu is not giving up. She is leading 15-13 in the second game

20:15 hrs IST: Exquisite drop and Nozomi is in the lead at 13-12

20:14 hrs IST: Nozomi has equalised it at 12-all!

20:12 hrs IST: It is close in the second game but Sindhu has somehow managed to keep the lead at 12-10

20:08 hrs IST: Sindhu leads 11-8 at the break in the second game!

20:06 hrs IST: Nozomi is doing exactly what she did in the first game. She has won five points on the trot

20:05 hrs IST: Three consecutive points for Okuhara!

20:04 hrs IST: Okuhara caught the Indian on the backfoot there. Sindhu still leads 9-4

20:03 hrs IST: Sindhu is now leading 7-3 in the second game

20:02 hrs IST: Coach Gopichand has a very serious look on her face!

20:00 hrs IST: Sindhu is again leading 5-1 early in the second game. But she must not lose the advantage this time around

19:59 hrs IST: Sindhu is 4-1 in second game

19:58 hrs IST: And the second game begins!

19:57 hrs IST: This is one gritty Japanese. Brilliant comeback!

19:56 hrs IST: Sindhu loses the first game 19-21 with that unforced error!

19:55 hrs IST: Gamepoint for the Japanese

19:54 hrs IST: Oh this is too exciting and tight! 19-all!

19:53 hrs IST: Sindhu is on the floor! She lost the point. Tired is she, after all the gruelling badminton throughout the week?

19:52 hrs IST: And the Indian, who has won two Worlds bronze medals in the past, is fighting back

19:51 hrs IST: Sindhu must give it her all to win this game. It will be very difficult to make a comeback after losing the first game

19:50 hrs IST: Sindhu is down 14-18 now

19:48 hrs IST: Superb tactics from the Japanese. She is backing a lob with a drop - in effect making Sindhu cover a lot of court and also tiring her spine

19:47 hrs IST: Okuhara has moved into the lead!

19:45 hrs IST: Nozomi’s resistance is worth admiring. But then she has to give it all in this match. If not now, then when

19:43 hrs IST: Nozomi Okuhara is looking to tire out Sindhu, same tactics she used against Saina Nehwal in the semi-final

19:42 hrs IST: What a rally! Sindhu looked tired by the end and lost the point

19:40 hrs IST: Some superb drops from Sindhu! Totally out of the reach for her opponent

19:39 hrs IST: Nozomi has won the first point after the break

19:38 hrs IST: Sindhu has won eight straight points and is 11-5 ahead at the break! She must continue this momentum which could dent Nozomi’s confidence

19:36 hrs IST: Sindhu is slowly building her lead. She is ahead by 9-5

19:34 hrs IST: 5-5! It is very close right now!

19:32 hrs IST: Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand and assistant Mulyo Handoyo are courtside. How tense will they be?

19:31 hrs IST:It is 2-2 right now. Too early to say where the match is heading

19:30 hrs IST: Match begins

19:29 hrs IST: Nozomi take a deep breather, prays, talks to herself, bows and enters the court. Sindhu is waiting for her on the other side of the court

19:28 hrs IST: The warm-up procedures have begun!

19:27 hrs IST: Nozomi Okuhara, a former junior World Champion, is also on court now

19:26 hrs IST: And Sindhu is entering the arena! Loud cheers for the Indian

19:25 hrs IST: An interesting fact - this is the only final where there will be no Chinese! All the other four finals have Chinese participants

19:20 hrs IST: It is time now!

19:15 hrs IST: The ceremony is for women’s doubles is on at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow

19:10 hrs IST: Chinese fourth seeds Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan defeated Japan’s ninth seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 21-18, 17-21, 21-15 in an hour and 24 minutes

19:03 hrs IST: The Chinese have won the women’s doubles championship

18:53 hrs IST: The Chinese pair lead 11-4 in third game of the women’s doubles final

18:50 hrs IST: We are not far from Sindhu’s final!

18:46 hrs IST: The last time Sindhu lost to Nozomi was in February 2016

18:42 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the women’s doubles final has entered the deciding game

18:35 hrs IST: Eventually Sindhu went on to win the silver and Nozomi bronze at Rio 2016

18:29 hrs IST: Interestingly, the two also met in the semi-finals of the Olympics last year where Sindhu defeated Nozomi in straight games

18:20 hrs IST: The only time the two players faced each other in 2017 was at the Singapore Open in April where Sindhu won in three games

18:15 hrs IST: But Sindhu won the last two times they played against each other

18:04 hrs IST: Sindhu has a 3-3 record against the Japanese player

17:52 hrs IST: This will be the seventh meeting between Sindhu and Nozomi

17:43 hrs IST: The women’s doubles final begins!

17:41 hrs IST: Before that it will be women’s doubles final between Chinese fourth seeds Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan against Japanese ninth seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota

17:38 hrs IST: The big match is the PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara women’s singles final which is the second match of the day

17:35 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the World Badminton Championships

The two girls have played each other six times with both winning three matches apiece. But significantly, Sindhu has won the last two meetings between them.

Sindhu and Nozomi have only played one match in 2017 -- at the Singapore Open in April -- which Sindhu won 10-21, 21-15, 22-20. It remains to be seen what happens today.

First Published: Aug 27, 2017 16:10 IST

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