World Badminton Championships 2017: Watch how PV Sindhu won 73-shot rally against Nozomi Okuhara in final
Despite the loss in the final, PV Sindhu gave the fans enough to cheer about by winning a breathtaking rally in what will go down as one of the greatest matches of all time.
Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu might have lost the longest match of the 2017 World Badminton Championships against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara on Sunday, but the Hyderabad-born shuttler gave the viewers inside the Emirates Arena and the ones watching it on their television sets a lot to cheer about with her gallant display.
The highlight of the marathon match which lasted for 110 minutes was an incredible 73-shot rally in the second game, in which Okuhara and Sindhu gave their all. The rally was finally won by the Indian.
In the second game, Sindhu had mixed her shots well from the mid court and back court to unsettle her opponent. But Okuhara had slowly closed the gap on the Indian's lead to stay in the hunt for a maiden gold. Sindhu had a crucial one-point lead at 21-20, but then the breathtaking rally happened, which gave Sindhu the game, but sapped the two players of all energy.
The 22-year-old Indian returned every shot from her side and notably, every inch was covered. It was a similar story on the other side of the court as Okuhara's sharp defence helped her make clean returns, but eventually, she had no answer to Sindhu's sliced drop. It was long and exhausting; the Japanese was on her knees and Sindhu had no energy to celebrate her second game win.
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Reigning world champion and Rio Games silver medallist, Sindhu has been drawn with Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi (ranked 34th) and Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova (ranked 58th) in Group J of the women's singles event.
Sindhu is one of the favourites for the gold, especially in the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin, who missed the Games due to an injury.
Sindhu added she used the break to learn more and focus on her technique and skills.