India's wait for gold medal in World Championships is to be continued till next year as PV Sindhu lost to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in women's single finals of World Badminton Championships held in Glasgow. Saina ran away with the first game at 21-12 in a rather spirited manner in the semi-final of the World championship in Glasgow.
At the interval in Game 1, Sindhu was comfortably ahead 11-5 but Okuhara soon brought her A game to the court to lead 13-11 before Sindhu came back to level it at 19-all. The two players have met seven times so far in global badminton with Saina having an upper hand in six of those battles.More news: Symptoms of solar eclipse eye damage
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"She (Okuhara) started winning long rallies after the first game and that was the main reason for her to make a comeback into the match", she added.Okuhara, on the other hand, said she was happy to have beaten a "great opponent". The Hyderabadi girl continued her brilliant drop shots to which the Japanese literally didn't have any clue as the Indian took the first game 21-12. The Japanese took the benefit of Saina's tiredness as she used the whole court perfectly to take the game to 10-3. A brilliant inside-out smash gave Okuhara her first point in seven attempts but a long drive in the next rally means that the six point advantage is intact. The world champion decider took 110 minutes, and it was the Japanese, who won the thrilling final to emerge as winners. Next up was Cheung Ngan Yi, who tested Sindhu, but the Indian managed to scrape through to the next round, where she met Sung Ji in the semifinals.
While the gruelling contest was on between Sindhu and Okuhara, Sehwag had tweeted: "Making India switch off from watching a cricket match while we are batting, what a joy to watch". But soon after that, Sindhu replied to the opponent. Earlier, Saina had settled for the Bronze medal.More news: Dera chief followers throng Panchkula
Nehwal created history in 2015 by becoming the first Indian to reach the final of World Badminton Championships. For Okuhara, the Saina match was a strenuous one and it will be interesting to see how well her body has recovered.
A match between two fighters who didn't give up till the last point. The Japanese displayed a good net game to grab two points but Saina's small deception took a toil on her rival.More news: Android Oreo Pixel launcher now available for all devices