PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara Match Highlights:
- Sindhu lost 15-21, 18-21
- The two have played 11 matches with Okuhara leading 6-5
- Sindhu is ranked 2nd while Okuhara is 4th
PV Sindhu’s wait for her first title this year continues after she faltered at the last stage of the 2018 edition of the Thailand Open. Playing 4th seeded Japanese Nozomi in the final of the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament, Sindhu was far from her best. Nozomi hardly broke a sweat as she dismissed the higher ranked Indian in straight sets, winning 21-15, 21-18.
Comeback to PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara Match Highlights, An off day for the second-seeded Indian saw her lose her 11th match against the world champion, giving the Japanese a 6-5 lead in their encounters. Sindhu turned up to the biggest match of her year rather low, putting in performance that hasn’t been associated to her. The pocket-sized Japanese saw this and took advantage from the first rally, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Her aggressive and attacking play was too much for Sindhu to handle on the day who was nowhere near her opponents skill-set.
The 50-minute match saw Okuhara race into a 6-2 lead in the first game, leaving Sindhu a long margin to recover from. She did manage to claw back to 4-6 with her smashes doing the trick for her and even managed to take the game to 11-8 going into the mandatory break. However, that was her best moment in all the final as she looked completely sapped out of energy after the break, losing 10-7 before going onto lose the second game as well.
It was a field day for Japan at the tournament with Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan winning the men’s singles title with a three-game victory against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-16, 13-21, 21-9.
Results (All finals):
Women’s singles: Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt PV Sindhu (Ind) 21-15, 21-18.
Men’s single: Kanta Tsuneyma (Jpn) bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-16, 13-21, 21-9.
Mixed Doubles: Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja beat Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock 21-12, 21-12
Men’s Doubles: Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda beat Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe 21-17, 21-19
Women’s Doubles: Greysia Polli/Apriyani Rahayu beat Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi 21-13, 21-10
PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara Match Highlights