PV Sindhu enters first final of World Badminton Championship

2017 BWF World Championships Srikanth Sindhu Saina in in action on Day 5

Anyways, Sindhu, the brand ambassador of AP has always made the country proud and one loss wouldn't make any difference in how India feels about her. Congratulations Sindhu for the third medal of yours in world championships and we are proud of you as always, keep going!

Okuhara beats Indian in heart-wrenching final to become first Japanese to clinch title.

Although Sindhu lost the final, for India, it still is a historic edition since for the first time Indian shuttlers are returning with two medals.

Though Sindhu had defeated the Japanese in 2016 Rio Olympics, the latter equaled the score this time. The last one year has seen Saina on the sidelines with the spotlight on Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy.

But Saina's biggest strength has always been her mind.

"Lin Dan is an idol for me, it's just unreal", said the first male champion from Europe in 20 years. Never one to take a shortcut, Saina spent hours at the gym, challenging herself. Etsuko Toganoo and Emiko Ueno had won gold for the East Asian nation in the first ever World Championships (in women's doubles). It is a testimony to her never-say-die attitude.

But he was blown away by Axelsen 21-9, 21-10.

Sindhu will go for her shots but she will need to stay patient against Okuhara. Nozomi then accelerated her game and took the Championship point at 21-20. "It was disappointing to have lost the match despite being a game up". Next up was Cheung Ngan Yi, who tested Sindhu, but the Indian managed to scrape through to the next round, where she met Sung Ji in the semifinals. But she trailed in the other half and Okuhara soon brought down the lead and caught Sindhu on 12.

That was a year ago. Besides, she still is not back to her pre-surgery fitness. If a particular nut or bolt has been overused, realign the machine to put less stress on the worn out part. After the change of side, Okuhara struggled to control her lifts and also miscued a few shots as Sindhu led 5-1. What Saina needs to do is to introduce an unorthodox element into her game. Although Okuhara didn't give any chance to Nehwal, the Indian played to her strength as she took another two points that took the game to 6-4 (in the favour of Okuhara). It had everything - from clears, to drops, to drops, to half-smashes, to smashes and some diving retrievals thrown in. Saina's training manual has to combine her body dynamics with a tinkering in courtplay. She became an immediate hero for her superb performance in Rio.

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