Sindhu storms into final, Saina settles for bronze

Sindhu storms into final, Saina settles for bronze

Sindhu storms into final, Saina settles for bronze

An "upset" PV Sindhu says a historic gold medal at the World Badminton Championships slipped through her hands in the dying moments of the thrilling final against Nozomi Okuhara.

Sindhu had faced Okuhara six times before, and the head-to-head stood at 3 apiece. Taking hold of the game again, the Indian player ended the first half 11-9.

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu failed to deliver in the final of the World Badminton Championships as she was defeated by her Japanese opponent here on Sunday. But we have just witnessed a match for the ages. Sindhu had, in fact, struggled to make it to the main draw of the singles competition for Rio, but some important points in major events before the Games gave her a spot.

The second game was possibly the best of the three as the two finalists were engaged in long rallies, including one that lasted 73 shots.

Saina took Okuhara out with a handsome misleading shot to race to an 8-2 lead. The Hyderabadi young woman 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 Danish third seed crushed the 2016 Olympic champion 21-9, 21-10 in 39 minutes.

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Okuhara became the first Japanese to win a world badminton singles title. And also because the conditions are different, the atmosphere is different here, so I shouldn't take it easy. A brilliant inside-out smash gave Saina two back-to-back points for the first time since the opening rallies of this game, but the Japanese scored two more points to take the game to 13-7.

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

"I played very well today and now look forward to trying to win gold tomorrow". While Sindhu beat Yufei at the Macau Open in 2015, the Chinese girl avenged that defeat by stunning the India at the Malaysian Open in January 2017.

Tennis legend Leander Paes tweeted a picture of Sindhu and Saina Nehwal on the podium and wrote, "Watching two of our Champions on the Podium is such a proud feeling!"

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