All England Open: Sindhu fends off Okuhara, enters semisLast updated on Mar 16, 2018, 09:23 pm
PV Sindhu moved into the semi-finals of the 2018 All England Open being held in Birmingham.
The world number 3 beat the Japanese sensation and former winner (2016), Nozomi Okuhara in a three-game thriller.
The Hyderabadi won the tie 20-22, 21-18, 21-18. Sindhu had lost to Okuhara in the World Championships final earlier.
A cracking tie
How did the game unfold?
Sindhu and Okuhara were at their best in a pulsating first game.
Both players kept it tight and led each other throughout, before Nozomi stole the thunder from 20-20 to win 22-20.
Sindhu overcame Okuhara after snatching five points on the spin in the 2nd game to win 21-18.
Okuhara was once again leading the 3rd game, before Sindhu staked her authority.
Brilliant Sindhu one win away from final
Sindhu was ousted from the quarter-finals last season and this time she has bettered the feat. A sensational victory saw her equal her win record against Okuhara at 5-5. Sindhu could next face Carolina Marin or Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final.