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Struggling with her game it was a question of survival for PV Sindhu and she pulled it off

It was a jump smash that helped her to draw parity at 8-8 and she soon moved into the break with a 11-8 lead after setting it up beautifully with her angled strokes.

PV Sindhu is hoping to win India's first World Championship gold and standing in her way is Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. I tried my best to keep up with the rallies and increase my pace, but she was very good. However, she showed no signs of fatigue during her 39-minute mauling of fifth seed Sun Yu in the quarter-final of Friday, August 25. Sweet because she beat all odds to win bronze, bitter because she failed to convert it into silver or gold. Then in the last three years, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon won once in 2013 and Spain's Carolina Marin won twice in 2014 and 2015.

After the break, Srikanth played a good rally with patience and it helped him to win the point but he seemed to go back to his power game, which backfired as the Korean kept moving ahead to 13-5. Okuhara didn't allow Saina to take the lead and won the match. She learnt from her mistakes and started collecting points from every shot.

IST: Sindhu's strength lies in the attacking prowess while Okuhara is a patient player. A perfectly executed smash hoodwinked the Japanese and Saina drew level, from being 8-6 down to 9-9. "We did lose couple of close doubles matches that could have (gone) our way but overall it has been satisfying". I had no idea of how grave my injury was at that time.

Then, Okuhara claimed three consecutive points as she showed more energy and agility as a exhausted Saina failed to stop her from dictating the rallies. She has had a good year and also won some tournaments and reached finals and semi-finals. Though a service error brought Saina back to the game (16-16), the Japanese wore her out to stretch the rubber on to a decider. And also because the conditions are different, the atmosphere is different here, so I shouldn't take it easy.

Okuhara, the 2012 world junior champion, raced away to an 11-4 lead and afterwards it was just a matter of time before the Japanese sealed the game at 21-10 and with this a place in the final.

In Badminton, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu will be playing in the Final of World Championships 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland, today.

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