Sindhu defeats Okuhara, becomes the first Indian to win Korea Open Superseries

PV Sindhu’s win has set social media abuzz and people are hailing her indomitable spirit

In the fiercely-fought final, Sindhu won the first set 22-20, lost the second 11-21 and fought with grit to win the third 21-18, thus clinching the first ever title by an Indian in Korea.

Meanwhile, Sindhu recovered from a mid-match slump to oust Minatsu Mitani of Japan 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.Mitani, who stunned world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying on Thursday, was in good touch against Sindhu. She had won the India Open title by defeating Spain's Carolina Marin. Mitani then erased the deficit but Sindhu ensured she had the bragging rights after the first game as she sealed it quickly. Korean top seed Son Wan beat Verma 20-22 21-10 21-13. It was a great match, and she (Nozomi Okuhara) fought hard too. Okuhara then managed to save two match points. Okuhara had to be content with Silver medal.

The Korea Open final was a re-run of that epic battle with the only difference being the name of the champion.

With this win, three-time World Championships medallist Sindhu has equalised 2-2 in career meetings with the Japanese.

Sindhu trails 3-5 in head-to-head record against Bingjiao. Her championship point opportunity came soon after as Okuhara netted the former's drop shot.

Even some of the members of the Indian cricket fraternity congratulated the 22-year-old for her efforts. Both Sindhu and Okuhara displayed their strengths, with Sindhu focusing on her strokeplay and Okuhara on her angles. She has the smash but today she was sharp in follow-up taps and pushes to get the winners.

It now remains to be seen if Sindhu can replicate this level of determination and resolve on Okuhara's home territory, as the badminton circus moves to Tokyo for the Japan Open Superseries championships starting on Tuesday.

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