Sindhu goes down fighting to settle for a Silver

Robyn Ryan
August 28, 2017

The Indian shuttler received a bye in the first round and had an easy outing in the second against Kim Hyo Min, who lost in straight games.

The strategy before the semis was to take advantage of the fact that Okuhara would be exhausted after her long quarter-final against Carolina Marin that lasted 93 minutes. All eyes will be on Sindhu to see if she can finally break the jinx and win the gold. She showed them exit door one after the other. It worked superbly in the first game before Okuhara realised she was being outplayed.

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A match between two fighters who didn't give up till the last point. He won the first round by 21-17 in just 22 minutes but she had no idea about the plans of Japan's shuttler. For someone whose idol is tennis legend Roger Federer, Saina has to take a leaf out of his book and introduce the surprise element into her game.

Then, Okuhara claimed three consecutive points as she showed more energy and agility as a exhausted Saina failed to stop her from dictating the rallies.

The Japanese grabbed the match point again when Sindhu found the net and she used it this time with a flawless return on Sindhu's backhand to seal the title.

"They did their homework and didn't give us the freedom to do what we do best", Kamura said. In the next point, Okuhara again hit the shuttle way behind the baseline to concede the point as Saina then trailed by 6-8.

While both players looked out of breath and struggled to move, Sindhu got a bit more exhausted than the Japanese and that led to the end result. The pair never led in the first game and was only briefly up in the second.

Earlier, London Olympic bronze-medallist Nehwal, booked her place in the semi-finals after struggling past 16th seed Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. The Japanese took the benefit of Saina's tiredness as she used the whole court perfectly to take the game to 10-3. Okuhara had defeated India's Saina Nehwal to reach the finals of the Championship. "In the second game I kept telling my coaches, 'I am so nervous right now'".

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