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PV Sindhu avenges Glasgow loss, beats Okuhara to lift Korea Open title

Rio Olympic silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu on Sunday took a sweet revenge of her World Championship defeat to Nozomi Okuhara by beating the Japanese opponent in the pulsating final match of the Korea Super Series badminton tournament.

In an exhilarating summit showdown that lasted one hour and 24 minutes, the ace Indian shuttler produced a spirited performance as she bounced back from a game down to register a 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 win over Okuhara and eventually lift the third Super Series title.

Sindhu saved two game points to clinch the first game, but she was completely outplayed in the second as Okuhara rebounded strongly to return to the match.

The Hyderabadi shuttler then staged a brilliant fight back to take a big lead in the mid-break of the decider and finally win the trophy despite a late surge from Okuhara.

With the victory, Sindhu has become the first Indian to win the Korea Open Super Series title.

World No. 4 Sindhu, who had won the China Super Series Premier last year and clinched the India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season, had earlier settled with the bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship after going down against Okuhara 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in the finals in Glasgow.

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