All England Open: Sindhu fends off Okuhara, enters semis

All England Championship PV Sindhu beats Nozomi Okuhara advances to semifinal

Sindhu is the the lone Indian shuttler remaining in the women’s singles category of All England Championships

"I have lost matches were I am leading".

"I have been working on my mental game". Pranoy's exit means P.V. Sindhu has now emerged as the sole Indian contender for the coveted title. I just gave my best There were errors in my part as well.

Nozomi Okuhara won the first game 22-20, but Sindhu hit back hard in the second game, winning it 21-18 to take the match into a deciding game.

However, Sindhu did manage to beat Okuhara in the final of the Korea Open Super Series. We got 2-3 service faults in crucial moments. we were down in first game and it was same till the end.

"We hope no one can stop us, we don't know what will happen next and we will always try our best".

"I know there were errors where I missed taps, hitting outside or into the net". It was anybody's game until the last point. She went long next before unleashing another powerful smash to grab the lead.

PV Sindhu has won a staggering 74 matches since the beginning of the Rio Olympics.

PV Sindhu had never reached the semi-final of All England Championships. Once the momentum swung to her side, the Indian star took the stride and snatched the hard-fought match from Okuhara.

"I have to be patient enough, and keep going, keep the shuttle in the court because she is a rally player, so have to be very consistent". She doesn't leave any shuttle, till the last minute.

Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand said he was happy to see Sindhu topple Okuhara today in what was another massive contest between the two. Speaking about the clash, Sindhu - who has a 6-3 head to head record against the Japanese - said that she is expecting a tough game.

"I am playing well but it has been three-setters right from the start in this tournament and I really need to go back and recover well". The warning, though, did not deter the Indian No. 1 as she went on towin the match.

To Okuhara's credit, it must be said that she took her opponent by surprise by suddenly upping her speed and switching to an all-out attack.

In both the encounters since that heartbreak in August, Sindhu has come out triumphant and it was particularly pleasing to see how the 22-year-old successfully countered Okuhara's strengths with a more proactive approach despite chasing the match for most of the one hour and 24 minutes duration.

"She is not an easy player". However, a bad judgement at the baseline by Sindhu saw the score levelled. "They have had very similar matches all along, and hopefully she will pull through in the next couple of days as well", he said.

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