Sindhu then stamped her authority with two shots which Okuhara failed to defend as the Indian clinched the first game 22-20. And it seems with millions praying back home for Sindhu's win, the prayers paid dividends as she finally won a gold medal, something that had eluded her till date at world events.
Sindhu attacked more from the start of the decider, and, after 4-all, piled on the pressure with some powerful smashes and follow-up moves to the net, to change courts with a handy 11-5 lead. Trailing 9-11 Bingjiao's game flourished. Both Sindhu and Okuhara displayed their strengths, with Sindhu focusing on her strokeplay and Okuhara on her angles.
The Indian was leading 15-14 in the first set before her Japanese counterpart nudged ahead and won five out of the next seven points to take a 17-19 lead.
The highlight of the match was certainly the deciding rally of 56 shots in the third set, which took the scoreline to 19-16, leaving Sindhu just two points shy of victory. She breezed through in 16 minutes. Things changed in the second game as Sindhu looked exhausted while Okuhara on the other hand was calm and composed.
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"I couldn't control the shuttle in the second game and she got a big lead".
Sameer faced defeat against the Korean player with 20-22, 21-10, 21-13 in a 69-minute long duel.
Okuhara was subdued with minor tweaks to Sindhu's game - corrections that coach Gopichand personally supervised right from the day after the duo returned from Glasgow.