PV Sindhu beats Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to win Korea Open Superseries 2017

PV Sindhu clinched the Korea Open Superseries 2017 in Seoul today beating Japanese badminton star Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final at SK Handball Stadium with a scoreline of 22-20 11-21 21-18.

A silver medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, PV Sindhu achieved the rare feat of becoming the first Indian badminton player to win the Korea Open Super Series.

PV Sindhu entered the 2017 Korea Open Super Series seeded no.5 while her Japanese opponent Nozomi Okuhara was seeded no.8.

For the 22-year-old PV Sindhu, it was a third Super Series title win after the 2016 China Open when she defeated Chinese badminton star Sun Yu followed up by the 2017 India Open where she beat 2016 Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain.

PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu has been quoted in bwfworldsuperseries.com on her Korea Open victory saying: “It’s very special and very important.

“I couldn’t control the shuttle in the second game and she got a big lead. In the third set, even though I was ahead, she came back. There were some really long rallies, just like in the World Championships. I’d lost that final after leading 19-18 – but that wasn’t on my mind. I was going with the flow… Everybody used to say I had a rivalry with Carolina (Marin), but now maybe they’re saying it’s Okuhara.”

It was sweet revenge for PV Sindhu over Nozomi Okuhara who beat her in the 2017 World Championships final at Glasgow 21-19, 20–22, 22-20.

The Korea Open Superseries 2017 women’s singles final in Seoul saw a closely fought contest again between the Indian and Japanese badminton stars. PV Sindhu scraped through the first set winning 22-20 and in the second set lost without much fight at 11-21.

However, in the deciding set of the Korea Open Superseries 2017 women’s singles final, PV Sindhu prevailed in a narrow finish winning it and the match and title with 21-18 despite a late fightback from Nozomi Okuhara.

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