Japan's shuttlers have also been on the rise in the past few months, with Okuhara clinching her maiden gold medal at the World Championships last month.
Speaking to TOI Sports soon after his ward PV Sindhu won the finals, India's chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said: What a super match! However, Sindhu gained some momentum and won four straight points to win the first game 22-20. Sindhu got on top of the long rallies but Okuhara put up a strong resistance picking up the Sindhu's smashes easily. In the opening game, Okuhara failed to win game point twice as Sindhu eventually had the last laugh.
Sindhu and Okuhara played a neck-to-neck first game before the Japanese dominated the second game.
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Okuhara attempted to tire Sindhu again with the longest rally of the match lasting 56 shots.
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. She needs to stretch the lead further as Okuhara comes back strongly. She lost to a close 19-16 by the end. She did not struggle much and she reached the final of Korean open badminton championship. Harsheel had defeated sixth- seeded Malaysian Joo Ven Soong and England's Toby Penty in the run-up to the quarterfinals. However Bingjiao picked up in the second game taking it on Sindhu with 17-21. On one hand, where Sindhu will look for a revenge for against the Japanese shuttler and will eye to settle the score even by winning the finals.