Nozomi Okuhara put up a splendid performance to beat India’s PV Sindhu 21-15,21-18 in the final of the 2018 Thailand Open on Sunday. The Japanese shuttler was way ahead of her opponent in both the games as she never allowed Indian to settle down in the match with some flurry of shots that rattled the Indian.
The first game witnesses PV Sindhu making some unforced errors and some great rally from both the players, but it was the Japanese who raced away to 6-2 lead. The second-seeded Indian fought back her way into the match and picked up 3 quick points to cut the lead to 6-5, but her unforced errors helped Okuhara maintain 4 point advantage over her fancied rival.
At the interval, it was Okuhara who had a three-point advantage taking 11-8 lead over Sindhu. After the break, the Japanese continued to lead as Sindhu tried to close the points gap. Inspite of pressure from the Indian, Okuhara stretched her lead and managed to take the first set 21-15.
In the second game Sindhu raced to a 5-1 lead, but Okuhara fought her way back to pick up 5 straight points to level the score at 6-6. In a pulsating match, both the players fought hard not giving a space for the opponent to stretch the lead. It was Sindhu, who managed to take an 11-9 lead at halfway mark.
After the break, there were some good rallies between the two, but Sindhu errors costed her giving her two points as Okuhara took 14-12 lead. Sindhu leveled the match at 14-14, but Okuhara played some excellent smashes to race to a 17-14 lead. The Japanese continued to hit smashes as Sindhu was unable to handle her smashes. The Indian did not go down easily as she staged a great comeback thanks to some brilliant rallies to level the tie at 18-18. Okuhara managed to hold onto the lead to win the second game 21-18