PV Sindhu beats Nozomi Okuhara, enters semi-finals of Badminton World Championship

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Nanjing (China), August 3: Star Indian shuttler P V Sindhu beat Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games to cruise into the semifinals and assure herself of a medal in the World Championships here today.
Sindhu defeated Okuhara 21-17 21-19 in a 58-minute quarterfinal match to set up a semi-final clash against World No. 2 and another Japanese Akane Yamaguchi tomorrow.
The World No. 3 Indian produced a dominant display against her World No. 6 rival as she avenged her defeat in the last edition summit clash.
In both the games today, Okuhara led initially but Sindhu was able to come back to take the honours.
Sindhu had lost to Okuhara in the final last year 19-21 22-20 20-22 but today, it was the India who got the upper hand throughout the match.
The win by Sindhu meant that the head-to-head record between the two is now levelled at 6-6.
After the World Championships final last year, they had played five times against each other, including today’s, and Sindhu have won three of them as against two by Okuhara.
This will be Sindhu’s fourth medal from the World Championships as she has already won two bronze and a silver. (PTI)