A déjà-vu feeling must have sunk in when P.V Sindhu was seen standing across the same Japanese player, Nozomi Okuhara, for the Korean Open’s final match. The last time these two had faced each other was in Glasgow for the World Championship last month, where Sindhu came home with a Silver medal. This was a revenge match in that sense, she clenched the gold.
On Sunday, September 17, Sindhu beat Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 20-18, and she was very straightforward telling the reporters clearly that their previous encounter was not running in her mind during the match. She said, “I had lost to her after being 19-17 in the World Championship but I didn’t keep that in mind”, this was despite the fact that there were long rallies between the two.
The first match was a very close win, the second was a breeze for Okuhara but the third match was when Sindhu controlled the match and got home the gold. Sindhu said she won the first game by changing the course of the game after they were head-to-head at 20-20, and the second match was an easy win but in the third match each and every point was important, even though I was leading at 11 points she came back and after 11 points, every point was big rallies like the World Championship and nobody was leaving.”
Sindhu is currently the world no. 4 but after this win, there are chances that Sindhu will now be the world no. 2. The back and forth game between the two players is keeping them at the top of their game and speculations regarding the upcoming Japan Super Series Premium. Chief National coach Pullela Gopichand said that they had concentrated on Sindhu’s attacking game before the Korean Open and he has also specified that Sindhu needs to keep up this standard in all the Super Series to come so that she can face the Dubai Super Series Final in December. Gopichand told PTI, “I think there is Japan next week which is a Premier Super Series, there is Denmark, France, China and Hong Kong. It is important that we focus on one at a time before the year-ender at Dubai final.”