Korea Open series: PV Sindhu seals semis spot, Sameer loses


PV Sindhu is now in the Korean open badminton championship final and she will fight with Japan's Nozomi Okuhara on Sunday.

Just a few weeks ago, Okuhara had outlasted the Indian 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in an hour and 50 minutes at the World Championships in Glasgow in the second-longest women's singles match in history. Mitani then erased the deficit but Sindhu ensured she had the bragging rights after the first game as she sealed it quickly. Sindhu looked a bit exhausted at 9-7 but didn't let that affect her game much as she upped her game soon after to take two quick points to lead 11-9 at the changeover.

The Indian shuttler also displayed extreme fitness levels when she won the longest rally of the match - 56 shots - towards the end of the match.

The final game started neck-and-neck and remained so throughout with both players adopting a cautious approach.

Sindhu struggled as Bingjiao played some immaculate shots but the Indian managed to keep the lead at 11-9. This was her third Super Series title and second this year. Sindhu and Okuhara were once again playing a tense third game before Sindhu began edging ahead. Okuhara got things running in the final game, before Sindhu took over.

The Indian, who had a 3-5 record against the left-handed Bingjiao, began very brightly as she outpaced and out-battled the error-prone Bingjiao. On one hand, where Sindhu will look for a revenge for against the Japanese shuttler and will eye to settle the score even by winning the finals.