Silver for valiant Sindhu

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu

Later in the day, PV Sindhu will be up against 19-year-old Chinese Chen Yufei, who won the Junior World Championships last year and beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 14-21, 21-16, 21-12 to reach the semi-finals.

Sindhu by virtue of winning the silver has created a new record for India at the World Championship with three individual medals - one silver now and two bronze medals in the 2013 and 2014 editions. With this win, she also became the only second Indian to reach the finals of World Championship after Saina achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta. Sindhu then moved to 20-17 lead but Okuhara saved three game points and a delectable drop shot gave Sindhu a breather and then won 22-20. Okuhara's strategy of playing long rallies tested Saina's fitness to the core. The Japanese took the benefit of Saina's tiredness as she used the whole court perfectly to take the game to 10-3.

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Sun Yu tried to stop the juggernaut but could not do much as Sindhu raced to win the opening game 21-14. Sunday's game was the first appearance of Sindhu in the finals and was also her best performance, even though she secured the silver medal. Every time we have played it is not easy, it is tough, tough rallies.

Sindhu started strongly, holding an 11-6 lead at the mid-game break.

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Okuhara took the lead (13-12) for the first time in the second game.

Both the shuttlers played their heart out in the middle and exhibited some extraordinary skills of the game on the court.

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In the match, Okuhara took the first point of the match on a fine line judgement while Sindhu bagged two successive points to take 2-1 lead. Until the end, both of them fought greatly for victory.

In the decider, Okuhara opened up a 5-1 lead early on as Sindhu looked a tad exhuasted but some clever returns near the net helped the Indian claw back at 5-5. Sindhu made it 20-17 while Okuhara dished out her best game to make it 20-20.

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Then, Okuhara claimed three consecutive points as she showed more energy and agility as a exhausted Saina failed to stop her from dictating the rallies. However, the Japanese committed a few unforced errors, which helped Sindhu to level par at 19-19.

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