Sindhu defeated Okuhara, avenged her loss from Glasgow to win the Korean Open Super series
PV Sindhu became the first Indian Shuttler to win the Korean Open Super series after she beat Nozomi Okuhara in the Women’s singles final in Seoul on Sunday. This was her third Super Series title and second this year.
The duo had fought in World Championship final which was won by Okuhara, Sindhu avenged her loss from Glasgow and won the Korean Open Super series final 22-20 11-21 21-18 and claimed the title.
Sindhu and Okura played a neck-to-neck first game before Japanese dominated the second game. Sindhu edged her out in the third game to win the title.
Sindhu strategized the game to perfection, used down the line smashes, and then net drop shots, changed it to long cross- court shots.
World no. 4 Sindhu, who had clinched the 2016 China Open Superseries Premier, India Open Superseries and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season, dashed Okuhara’s bid to win her third straight title after winning the Australian Open and the World Championships.
Soon after his ward PV Sindhu won the finals, India’s chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said: What a super match! Both players showed great spirit and determination. It was almost a repeat of the World championship final, though the result reversed, in our favour. Both players are great champions.”
Former Indian Cricketer Virender Sehwag congratulated PV Sindhu on twitter, on her win over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, to clinch Korean Open Super series.
The win also helped Sindhu to level her head-to-head record against Okuhara, making it 4-4 in eight meetings.
South Korea had organised the tournament amid growing tensions with Pyongyang. North Korea has built up its Army on the borders with North Korea that soured relations between the two countries. Pyongyang is accused of provoking neighbouring countries, shoots missiles intermittently, that fly over Japan and fall in sea. Pyonyang had recently conducted Hydrogen Bomb Test which further escalated tension in the region.