PV Sindhu goes down fighting to Okuhara, settles for Silver

Tammy Harvey
August 28, 2017

Sindhu destroyed Chen Yufei of China 21-13, 21-10 on Saturday night in a match lasting just 48 minutes, thereby assuring herself of at least a silver medal.

PV Sindhu has become a force in world badminton.

Every rally seemed to be played as if it was match point, as they pushed each other to all corners; Sindhu patiently waiting for a floater to smash, and Okuhara bashing at Sindhu's forehand side to set up a drop shot victor. Despite an fantastic win in the first game, the Spaniard overpowered her in the last two games of the final to dash Sindhu's hope of a gold medal. "It was a big match, a good match but unfortunately I couldn't win".

Saina produced a down-the-line smash to level par, while Okuhara unleashed an onrushing backhand flick to lead 18-17 and then an overhead return took her to 19-17.

The 27-year-old Saina's second round defeat to unheralded Ukrainian Marija Ulitina was the lowest point for India in Rio, having entered the Games as the previous edition's bronze medallist and a victor of multiple worldwide tournaments. At 17-all, Saina wasted a great chance to take the lead as she fired a smash wide right. Sunday's game was the first appearance of Sindhu in the finals and was also her best performance, even though she secured the silver medal.

Okuhara became the first Japanese to win a world badminton singles title.

Axelsen, who won the bronze in the 2014 worlds and 2016 Rio Olympics, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency: "I am still a little out of words, I never expected to win that comfortably, I am very happy".

The Indian lady in yellow started the second game also on a positive note and took the score to 11-8 till the break. "When we got into the game, our decision-making was not up to snuff". Okuhara had defeated India's Saina Nehwal to reach the finals of the Championship.

Chen, 28, said he was under too much pressure.

Tensions mounted on the court as the match dragged to the third game. But lost by two points in the row, Sindhu lost.

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