Sindhu clinches her first ever World Tour title

In a match of long rallies, Sindhu played a very calculated game to tame a gutsy Okuhara. Incidentally, Sindhu won her first title after six attempts.

By Author  |  Published: 16th Dec 2018  12:17 pmUpdated: 16th Dec 2018  12:15 pm
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Sindhu Pusarla of India hits a return against Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand during their women's singles semi-final match at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals badminton competition in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. Photo: Photo: AFP

Hyderabad: Lady luck finally smiled on PV Sindhu. The 23-year-old broke the final jinx to clinch the BWF Tour Finals title by beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in 62 minutes in Guangzhou, China on Sunday.  She thus avenged her World Championship defeat in an emphatic fashion.

In a match of long rallies, Sindhu played a very calculated game to tame a gutsy Okuhara. Incidentally, Sindhu won her first title after six attempts. Sindhu got into a good rhythm at the start as she played the shuttle around nicey. She took a good 6-2 lead.

But the diminutive Okuhara slowly began to slow down the game. There were long rallies but Sindhu went into a 11-6 lead. She stretched to 14-6 lead but hereabouts came the Okuhara fightback. Sindhu started making silly errors while Okuhara played some good shots to close the gap. It became 16-all. It was neck and neck before Sindhu grabbed the first game in 29 minutes.

Sindhu began the second game by taking a 5-2 lead. The Japanese was not to be overawed by the occasion. She b egan totrouble Sindhu with long rallies. But Sindhu managed to keep a two-points lead at interval (11-9).

Okuhara was relentless. She deceived Sindhu with lovely drop shot but Sindhu managed to stay ahead. The game was tight and gripping. However Sindhu took important points at 18 as Okuhara made crucial errors by hitting it wide. At 19-17, Sindhu made it 20-17 before closing the match with a clever tap to win the title.

CM congratulates Sindhu

Chief Minister K Chandraskehar Rao congratulated Sindhu for winning her maiden World Tour title.