PV Sindhu loses to Nozomi Okuhara

Local hero Kirsty Gilmour edged out of World Championships

The semi-final of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow saw Saina Nehwal settling for a bronze against Nozomi Okuhara, with a score of 21-12 17-21 10-21, India TV News reported. He won the first round by 21-17 in just 22 minutes but she had no idea about the plans of Japan's shuttler. After being a game down and trailing 5-16 in the second, Srikanth mounted an impressive comeback and narrowed the lead down to two points at 17-19. I was away for a long time because of the knee injury.

"I really enjoyed today's match", said 33-year-old Lin, who was taken to three games in his two previous matches.

Having taken the first game easily, Saina had to go for the kill in the second game against her younger opponent.

How do I watch the World Badminton Championships final between PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara live? Last time I played her I lost to her in Dubai.

Playing the faster side of the court, Sindhu tried to make her opponent bend and move across the court with her acute-angled strokes.

Saina was switched on right from the word go, despite her three-game marathon against Gilmour on Friday. Okuhara lost a video referral next as Saina led 18-10.

In a match which lasted around 48 minutes, the Guntur player was beaten by top seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-14, 21-18. Okuhara started representing Japan in 2010, while Sindhu first represented India in 2013. The Indian then unleashed a body smash to close out the opening game.

Saina was all praise for Kirsty as she said, "I was expecting a tough fight from Kirsty and she put that up".

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"But Okuhara also played late yesterday".

Saina drew the first blood in the day as she hit a ideal drop shot to bring Okuhara closer to the net and then hit a smash on her return to take a 1-0 lead, but the Japanese didn't give away easy points after that as they share the first four points.

Chen laboured to the first point of the second game targetting Sindhu with a deceptive shot at the front-court and following it up with a straight shot down the line. Okuhara is now perched at 12th having slipped from a career-high third.

However, Son Wan grabbed the match point when Srikanth rushed into a shot and hit the net.

The fourth seeded Indian tried to dictate the rallies and she did manage to break the Chinese defence to claw back at 8 -8 and then led 9-8 when Chen hit the net. Okuhara continued to accumulate points, sometimes using her disguise at the net.

The Denmark shuttler reduced the gap to 11-13 but Srikanth changed gears to produce another five-point burst to zoom ahead.

Cut to August 2017, Saina will be the recipient of a World Championships bronze.



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