PV Sindhu has made India proud by creating history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to reach the Olympics and World Championships finals on Saturday. Sindhu became the first Indian badminton player to reach the World Championships final after she defeated China’s Chen Yufei, 21-13 21-10, in the semifinals of World Badminton Championships in Glasgow. PV Sindhu took on Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara in the finals of the World Badminton Championships. Okuhara had defeated India’s Saina Nehwal to reach the finals of the Championship. Both players were in top form and did not disappoint for a minute.
In the semi-final the fourth seeded Sindhu dominated her opponent in the most part of the match starting from start , not giving any chance to the current world junior champion to settle in, IANS report said. She confused the 19-year-old with her barrage of strokes.
Saina Nehwal lost to her opponent Okuhara in the other semi final to settle for bronze. The 2012 Olympics bronze list won the first game 21-12. In other two sets A Okuhara’s strategy of playing long rallies tested Saina’s fitness to the core, the agency report added. Saina, who had who had a 6-1 winning record against Okuharabefore this match , started strongly, winning the first game 21-12 as the Japanese took time to get into her rhythm. As per the report, the Japanese shuttler struggled with her net play and a few wrong line judgements to trail 6-11 which became 6-15 before losing 12-21, the agency report said.
In the second set, Okuhara started off to a flying start, taking a 4-0 lead but Saina fought back and equalised at the nine-point mark. Saina, even though kept pace with heropponent but got towards the end. While th set was 17-all, Saina missed a great chance to take the lead as she smashed wide right. Okuhara then claimed won successive points as she showed more agility as a tired Saina failed to stop her from dictating the rallies, IANS added.