Sindhu downs Okuhara to clinch Korea Open

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PV Sindhu kept a surprisingly detached countenance soon after she beat Japanese rival Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in what was a rematch of last month's World Championship final.

Satwik and Chirag, who reached their first ever Super Series quarterfinal, gave a good account of themselves despite losing to third seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan 14-21, 21-17, 15-21.

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The two booking a spot each in the finals would be a historic repeat of the World Championships final where Okuhara recently got past Sindhu in a nail biting battle to win Gold at worlds. This will be Sindhu's second Superseries final this year and fifth overall. She breezed through in 16 minutes.

On August 27, Okuhara had outlasted the Indian 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in an hour and 50 minutes at the World Championships in Glasgow in the second-longest women's singles match in history. But the Japanese's unforced errors kept Sindhu going, who also made a considerable number of unforced errors in the game as Okuhara took a five-point lead at 11-6 at the changeover.

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Sindhu started the game brightly, holding a 5-2 lead early in the first game.

The match, pitting together two unseeded players, was far lower in quality than the women's affair.

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When Sindhu was leading 18-16, they played a 56-shot rally with Sindhu eventually winning the point, which was the turning point of the match. When the second set lead for Okuhara read 16-9, Sindhu would wisely catch her breath. The Japanese girl went on to win the game and pushed the contest into the decider. Playing thereafter with great patience and concentration, and staying with her rival in the energy-sapping rallies, the Indian clung on to the lead for the rest of the match.

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