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P. V. Sindhu beats Japanese Nozomi Okuhara by 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 on Sunday to win Korea Super Series badminton title.

India's PV Sindhu progressed to the semi-finals of women's singles but it was curtains for Sameer Verma in men's singles at the Korea Open Super Series yesterday. Trailing 7-14 at the mid-game interval, Sindhu started attacking her opponent's weak backhand and the strategy worked initially, but Okuhara raised her net play to win two points to take the match to the decider. However, all the statistics didn't matter as Sindhu reigned in her unforced errors that cost her the second game to eventually seal another Super Series final spot without much ado. She breezed through in 16 minutes. She was 11-6 at the break, which she extended to 19-9 after the interval, before slamming the door on the Japanese.

Sindhu began her Korean Open campaign with a 21-12, 21-8 win against Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi. In Seoul - albeit with the cushioning of a first lead - Sindhu would approach Set 2 strategically, and not go wading into battle everytime Okuhara blew the bugle. The Indian shuttler then defeated Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol in a closely-contested 22-20, 21-17 second round match.

"It was not an easy match, I was prepared for long rallies".

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The match, pitting together two unseeded players, was far lower in quality than the women's affair.

"There were some really long rallies, just like in the World Championships".

With the win, Sindhu drew level 4-4 with Okuhara in their head-to-head record after the Japanese had taken the lead post the World Championships.

PV Sindhu the Champion badminton player is now uttering her best in he career.

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