PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, Korea Open Superseries final, highlights: Sindhu beats Okuhara, gets revenge
PV Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in an hour and 24 minutes to clinch the women’s singles title at the Korea Open Superseries in Seoul. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, Korea Open Superseries badminton, here.other sports Updated: Sep 17, 2017 12:51 IST
PV Sindhu took revenge of her women’s singles final loss at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow last month by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in the summit clash of the $600,000 Korea Open Superseries in Seoul on Sunday. The brilliant final lasted an hour and 24 minutes and in the end Sindhu clinched her fourth victory against the Japanese in eight meetings. With this title, PV Sindhu has now won three Superseries titles, including two this year. Catch highlights of PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara, Korea Open Superseries badminton, here.
12:40 hrs IST: Hope you enjoyed our coverage! See you soon
12:35 hrs IST: The final lasted an hour and 24 minutes! A real marathon final!
12:31 hrs IST: What a victory. Sindhu comes out on top 22-20, 11-21, 21-18!
12:29 hrs IST: Sindhu wins 21-18! Sweet revenge!
12:26 hrs IST: Okuhara saves a matchpoint!
12:24 hrs IST: Oh! That goes out and Okuhara now gains a point
12:22 hrs IST: Wow! A 56-shot rally gives Sindhu her 19th point!
12:21 hrs IST: Okuhara wins another point! Sindhu leads 18-16 now
12:20 hrs IST: That one is out but Sindhu is still leading 18-15
12:17 hrs IST: Okuhara is giving it everything but Sindhu is proving tad bit better
12:16 hrs IST: Wow! What a rally! 29 shots and it goes in Sindhu’s favour! She leads 16-13
12:14 hrs IST: Okuhara is not giving it away just yet. She is a fighter
12:11 hrs IST: Sindhu is pulling away and is just 7 points away from her title
12:08 hrs IST: Okuhara is frustrated at making errors and is shaking her head
12:06 hrs IST: And Sindhu is leading 11-5 in the deciding game. She has turned the tables on her Japanese opponent
12:03 hrs IST: Sindhu is pulling away and is leading 7-4!
12:01 hrs IST: This is turning out to be just like the first game -- a neck-and-neck contest
11:59 hrs IST: The match is 53 minutes old now
11:58 hrs IST: Okuhara has won the first point of the deciding third game
11:57 hrs IST: The match has entered the all-important deciding third game! All to play for now
11:55 hrs IST: And she has done it! Okuhara has run away with the second game 21-11
11:52 hrs IST: Okuhara, at 17-10, is almost on the verge of taking this into the decider
11:50 hrs IST: This game is slowly going towards the Japanese World No.9
11:47 hrs IST: Okuhara won three consecutive points to be 11-6 up during the break
11:43 hrs IST: Sindhu is trying to fightback but Okuhara has made sure she keeps the lead in this game
11:40 hrs IST: Sindhu is fighting back here but trailing 3-6
11:39 hrs IST: And Okuhara has blazed away to a 4-1 lead in the second game. She wants to comeback. She also must be frustrated after losing the first game despite having two gamepoints
11:37 hrs IST: Badminton is a very fast game and the second game has started
11:35 hrs IST: Sindhu not just won four points on the trot but also saved two game points to win the extremely close first game 22-20
11:32 hrs IST: Fantastic action this
11:30 hrs IST: Sindhu has saved two gamepoints and it is level now at 20-all!
11:25 hrs IST: Wow! Fantastic action going on at the SK Handball Stadium!
11:24 hrs IST: After short rallies at the start, the rallies have become longer
11:22 hrs IST: It is neck and neck between the two girls. Very close!
11:21 hrs IST: Sindhu showing amazing fighting abilities and has taken a 14-13 lead
11:18 hrs IST: Nozomi clearly the more dominant of the two, leading 12-10 at the moment
11:15 hrs IST: And it is the break and Nozomi leads Sindhu 11-9
11:14 hrs IST: Nozomi has won four straights points to take the lead in the match for the first time
11:12 hrs IST: Sindhu has not the lead even once in this match. Up 6-4 now
11:10 hrs IST: Short rallies and quick points at the start for both the girls
11:08 hrs IST: The first point goes to Sindhu
11:07 hrs IST: And play begins!
11:06 hrs IST: Warm-up time
11:05 hrs IST: Sindhu and Nozomi have stepped on to the court
11:02 hrs IST: PV Sindhu is the only Indian women’s player to clinch a Superseries title this year
11:00 hrs IST: Just for your information, Sindhu is World No.4 and Nozomi is No.9
10:55 hrs IST: Next up PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara
10:52 hrs IST: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting has defeated compatriot Jonatan Christie 21-13, 19-21, 22-20 in an hour and eight minutes to lift the men’s singles crown
10:45 hrs IST: Ginting has wont he third game 22-20
10:35 hrs IST: We are not far away from Sindhu’s final vs Nozomi Okuhara
10:30 hrs IST: Nozomi Okuhara has won as many as four Superseries titles -- two more than Sindhu
10:25 hrs IST: Christie has won the second game 21-19 so the men’s singles final has entered the third game
10:21 hrs IST: Sindhu has won two Superseries crowns till date - the China Open last year and India Open in 2017
10:15 hrs IST: Sindhu’s match will be played after this
10:10 hrs IST: Ginting has won the first game 21-13
10:06 hrs IST: Currently the men’s singles final is taking place in the SK Handball Stadium between Indonesians Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonatan Christie.
10:00 hrs IST: While Sindhu clinched the India Open in New Delhi in April, Nozomi won the Australian Open in Sydney in June
09:56 hrs IST: Both Sindhu and Nozomi have won one Superseries each this year
09:50 hrs IST: Chinese combine of Huang Yaqiong and Yu Xiaohan have beaten local pair and third seeds Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee 21-11, 21-15 in 46 minutes to lift the women’s doubles crown
09:45 hrs IST: Meanwhile Indonesian fourth seeds Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto beat Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping 21-17, 21-18 in 46 minutes in mixed doubles final earlier in the day
09:40 hrs IST: This is the seventh Superseries event of the Badminton World Federation calendar
09:35 hrs IST: No Indian has ever won the Korea Open which is a $600,000 Superseries tournament
09:30 hrs IST: The two have met twice in 2017 with Sindhu winning in three games in Singapore in April and Nozomi coming out on top in that epic World Championships final in Glasgow last month
09:25 hrs IST: And significantly Okuhara has a 4-3 lead in career meetings over Sindhu
09:20 hrs IST: This will be the seventh meeting between the two girls
09:15 hrs IST: There is still time for Sindhu’s match as it is the fourth one on the court
09:10 hrs IST: Sunday is the last day of the tournament and it is being played at the SK Handball Stadium in Seoul
09:05 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara final at the Korea Open
First Published: Sep 17, 2017 08:14 IST