Sunday's final will be a rematch of the recently concluded World Championships gold medal match, where Sindhu lost out to Nozomi Okuhara in the longest match in the history of the competition. Nozomi Okukara had defeated Sindhu in a marathon final at World Championships just two weeks back.
Indian fifth seed Sindhu joined Okuhara in the last four after a tough 21-19, 16-21, 21-10 win against Minatsu Mitani. They had previously faced off in an epic BWF World Championship final that the Japanese won 19-21, 22-20, 20-22. She needs to stretch the lead further as Okuhara comes back strongly. The first game witnessed Sindhu's pure domination with 21-10. In the opening game, Okuhara failed to win game point twice as Sindhu eventually had the last laugh. Her net play looked strong while Sindhu failed to connect with the cross court backhand whip well.
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The Indian, who had a 3-5 record against the left-handed Bingjiao, began very brightly as she outpaced and out-battled the error-prone Bingjiao. However Bingjiao picked up in the second game taking it on Sindhu with 17-21.
The key was to get the early lead in the decider and Sindhu did exactly that. Sindhu only had to maintain her composure. And she did not let the momentum slip, even as the Japanese upped the ante after the interval, going for broke with her shots, attacking Sindhu from all possible angles. The two 22-year-olds, who were involved in the second longest match of women's singles at the Worlds final, entertained the crowd once again at another major final.
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