As expected, World Champion Okuhara & Runner-up P.V. Sindhu delievered another high-voltage final as the two shuttlers face off for the second time in three weeks & this time Sindhu got her revenge back to be crowned as Korea Open Champion.
Sunday’s final was a rematch of the recently concluded World Championships gold medal match, where Sindhu lost out to Nozomi Okuhara in the longest match in the history of the competition.
But the story was a bit different from World Championships final as this time the Indian overcomes Japanese Okuhara in thrilling three setter match by 22-20, 11-21, 21-18.
Okuhara was certainly the favourite to win the title as the World Champion was yet to drop a game so far this tournament, plus she had a 4-3 lead over her rival in the head-to-head.
Sindhu defeated He Bingjiao on Saturday, recording a 21-10 17-21 21-16 in one hour and six minutes. On the other hand, Okuhara crushed her compatriot Akane Yamaguchi in her semifinal, taking just 38 minutes to take home a 21-17 21-18 win.
In the first game of the final both players started to move neck to neck & at the half time Japanese was in control by 11-9 but in the end moments, Sindhu’s brilliant comeback sealed the set for her by 22-20.
Okuhara was totally dominating in the second game & she had no problems in crushing Sindhu’s challenge by 21-11 & forced the match into three setter.
In the final game, Sindhu took the charge & went into the break with a lead of 11-5, Japanese tried to comeback into the match but Sindhu maintained the distance & finally sealed the match by winning the third game by 21-18.
With her semis win on Saturday, Sindhu also created a new record for India’s shuttlers, showcasing their dominance over the BWF circuit in the singles category. By entering the final of the Korea Open, which is the seventh tournament of the Superseries circuit, Sindhu has ensured that India has the most finalists in the singles categories of Superseries events so far this year.
She became the sixth Indian finalist, which the most by any country so far this year in the singles events. In second place is Japan, who have had five shuttlers in the finals, all of which have come in the last three tournaments in Korea, Australia and Indonesia.