PV Sindhu clinches 2018 Badminton World Tour Finals with epic win over Nozomi Okuhara


PV Sindhu finally ended her 2018 in grand style and extracted sweet revenge on Nozomi Okuhara as she won the 2018 Badminton World Tour Finals in style with a 21-19, 21-17 win over the Japanese in the final which lasted an hour in Guangzhou on Sunday. In the 2017 edition of the tournament in Dubai, Sindhu had lost to Okuhara in a titanic battle 19-21, 22-20, 20-22. Heading into the final, Sindhu had lost in many world finals in the past couple of years and she was determined to ensure that she had won something on the world stage after a tough year. The Hyderabad youngster showed her mettle and signalled her intentions by adopting an aggressive approach against the Japanese player, whom she had a 6-6 head-to-head record heading into the contest.

Sindhu started off the first game in style by winning five consecutive points but Okuhara pulled it back slightly. The Indian shuttler maintained the momentum and built a four-point lead. Sindhu continued to apply pressure on the Japanese, ranked No.2 in the world, by stretching her lead to eight points. Okuhara launched a fightback and won four consecutive points as she closed the gap to two points. The Japanese sustained the momentum and at 16-16, it was anybody’s game.