PV Sindhu Stuns Nozomi Okuhara To Book Semi-Finals Clash At World Championship

| August 4 , 2018 , 13:29 IST

Indian Ace shuttler and Olympic medalist PV Sindhu outgunned Japan shuttler Nozomi Okuhara in straight games to advanced into her 2nd consecutive semi-final of the Badminton World Championship at Nanjing, China on Friday.

Sindhu assured India of a medal at the World Championship with her win over Okuhara in a 58 minutes quarter-final clash to set up a semi-final battle with  Japanese Akane Yamaguchi on Saturday.

The Indian shuttler had lost to Okuhara in finals of 2017 World Championship but after the quarter-final win on Friday, it was Sindhu who took her to avenge and levelled her head-to-head record at 6-6.

In the 1st game, Sindhu started slowly in the match and Okuhara on the other side looked in fine touch to gain an early lead. After a close start, there was little to separate between the two players and after two consecutive points, Sindhu went into the mid-break with a lead on scoreline 11-10.

Even after the break, Sindhu continued with her momentum as she managed to maintain a slender two-point lead every time in the first game.

Sindhu chipped in a couple of beautiful cross-court shots and a series of smashes helped her wrap the first game with a score of 21-17 against her Japanese counterpart.

In the 2nd game, it was again a slow start from the Indian star as Japanese Okuhara shifted her gears and chipped in a 5-point lead with a scoreline of 5-0. Sindhu tried hard to come back with occasional points but Okuhara had some other plans and with few quick shots led Sindhu with a score of 11-8 at mid-break.

The World No.3 held her nerves and took a lead for the very first time in the 2nd game to count the scores at 15-14 but the Japanese pulled one back to draw level at 15-15.

The 2nd game was evenly poised as both the players were fighting hard for each and every point and continued to win alternate points before Okuhara netted a lift at 19-19 to give Sindhu a match point, which was immediately converted after the Japanese sent her to serve long.

In the end, it was the Indian shuttler who forced her Japanese opponent to make a few errors as she claimed the second game in style with a to count the score 21-19 to book her semi-final spot.