PV Sindhu won the Korea Open Super Series title with a 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 win over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. With the win, Sindhu exacted revenge for last month’s defeat to the same opponent in the final of the world championship in Glasgow.
The first game was a tightly-contested affair, with neither player really asserting herself on the match. Okuhara had two game points at 20-10, but Sindhu reeled off four points in a row to take the set. But the Japanese came out all guns blazing in the second set, and Sindhu was blown off the court in the second game. The Indian had no answer to Okuhara’s pace of movement and deceptive shots, as a decider was forced.
Sindhu didn’t let the momentum shift in the second set affect her, as she calmly went about her business, and raced into an 11-5 lead at the mid-game interval. And she did not let the momentum slip, even as the Japanese upped the ante after the interval, going for broke with her shots, attacking Sindhu from all possible angles. This is Sindhu’s second Super Series title of the year, having earlier won the India Open, beating Spain’s Carolina Marin in te final.