Korean Open 2017: PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara: The Indian player took her sweet revenge today by defeating Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 20-18 in the Korean Super Series final on Sunday morning in a nail-biting encounter. With this win, Sindhu has become the first Indian to win the title in Korea. This is her second Super Series final win this year. Earlier she had won the India Open. Last month Okuhara had defeated Sindhu in the World Championship final. Expectations of an epic battle were raised after Sindhu and Okuhara set up a summit clash for the second time in little over three weeks since they had fought for an hour and 50 minutes in one of the greatest women’s singles matches in the World Championships final last month. Today’s summit clash also turned out to be another electrifying contest as Sindhu displayed great stubbornness to lay claim to her third super series title of her career.
Sindhu and Okuhara played a neck-to-neck first game before the Japanese dominated the second game. Sindhu unlike the Glasgow final pulled her back this time and gave it all to take vengeance. The last time around, Sindhu had been totally exhausted as the match went into the third game. This time, she stayed strong through the match. The World no. 4 Sindhu, who had clinched the 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Open Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season, thus dashed Okuhara’s bid to win her third straight title after winning the Australian Open and the World Championships. The win also helped Sindhu to level her head-to-head record against Okuhara, making it 4-4 in eight meetings.