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Singapore Open 2019 Semi-final Highlights: PV Sindhu Crashes Out With Loss to Okuhara | April 13, 2019, 3:10 PM IST
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PV Sindhu crashed out of the Singapore Open 2019 after losing 7-21, 11-21 in the women's singles semi-final to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara on Saturday. It took Okuhara just 37 minutes to blaze past Sindhu, who looked nothing like the player people have come to know her as.

Okuhara controlled the rallies and came up with a very solid gameplan while Sindhu looked completely short of confidence once Okuhara started getting on top of her. Sindhu struggled to keep pace and get her shots right as she absolutely crashed to the defeat in Singapore.
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Apr 13, 2019 2:03 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu struggled on the court today - with confidence, with shuttle control, with movement and just patience. Sindhu never looked in the match as Nozomi Okuhara controlled the pace of almost all the rallies. It was a disappointing game from the Indian.

Apr 13, 2019 2:02 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu is out of the Singapore Open 2019 with a 7-21, 11-21 loss to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in just 37 minutes. Nothing went Sindhu's way today and the Indian played with no confidence in contrast to a superb game from Okuhara.

Apr 13, 2019 1:57 pm (IST)

Okuhara is absolutely on the attack! She has put Sindhu at the backfoot completely. Her smashes are bogging down Sindhu. Sindhu trails 7-17 vs Okuhara.

Apr 13, 2019 1:55 pm (IST)

Sindhu is absolutely crashing down here. She is either throwing the shuttles long and wide or is hitting the net. She is struggling to get a single point on board here. Okuhara is blazing away. Sindhu trails 6-16 vs Okuhara.

Apr 13, 2019 1:53 pm (IST)

Okuhara Leads at Second Game Interval

Nozomi Okuhara leads PV Sindhu 11-5 at the mid-game interval in the second game. This is a poor performance from the Indian, she looks no match to the Japanese here.

Apr 13, 2019 1:51 pm (IST)

That was a shoddy judgement from Sindhu! She let's the Okuhara serve fall thinking it's going out. The line judge calls it out but Okuhara challenges and Hawk-Eye shows its in. Sindhu trails 4-10 vs Okuhara.

Apr 13, 2019 1:49 pm (IST)

Okuhara is going ahead once again. Once more, it is about controlling the pace of the rallies and Okuhara is coming up with some beautiful shots to get the points. Sindhu trails 4-8 vs Okuhara.

Apr 13, 2019 1:45 pm (IST)

Sindhu Wins a 48-Shot Long Rally

PV Sindhu wins the longest rally of the match so far. She ends the rally with the beautiful cross-court smash to make it 2-3. This particular rally and the patience shown by Sindhu should give her confidence.

Apr 13, 2019 1:43 pm (IST)

Nozomi Okuhara is literally toying with Sindhu at the moment. Sindhu is not moving that well and is struggling to keep pace with the Japanese. This is not a good look for the Indian. Sindhu trails 1-3 vs Okuhara.

Apr 13, 2019 1:40 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu lose the first game 21-7 against Nozomi Okuhara. Okuhara had a fabulous first game in Singapore while Sindhu looked lacklustre, extremely short of confidence and did not found her retrievals or shots.

Apr 13, 2019 1:36 pm (IST)

Commentators have a question for PV Sindhu: Is she distracted from badminton or she has lost patience in her game? With her fashion shows and advertisements, commentators wonder if the Indian star is distracted.

Apr 13, 2019 1:33 pm (IST)

Okuhara Leads at First-Game Interval

Nozomi Okuhara has made a blistering start to this one. Okuhara leads 11-3 at the break and Sindhu has been struggling to keep pace with the Japanese.

Apr 13, 2019 1:32 pm (IST)

Okuhara uses the first challenge of the match after the line judge, extremely hesitatingly, calls the shuttle out. Okuhara's challenge is eventually successful as she caught the line. Okuhara leads Sindhu 10-2.

Apr 13, 2019 1:29 pm (IST)

First solid shot from Sindhu there to make it 2-9. A wonderful cross-court half smash on the line and Okuhara was unable to reach that one.

Apr 13, 2019 1:27 pm (IST)

Sindhu gets her first point to make it 1-5. She executed a flat smash towards Okuhara that the Japanese returned into the net.

Apr 13, 2019 1:26 pm (IST)

Slow Start from Sindhu:

Okuhara has won the first four points of the match. Sindhu is again struggling to keep control of the shuttle. Okuhara's third and fourth points have come with Sindhu sending the shuttle wide.

Apr 13, 2019 1:24 pm (IST)

Okuhara serves and takes the first point of the match. Her approach was attacking and kept Sindhu chasing in the rally at all times.

Apr 13, 2019 1:20 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara - Sindhu has defeated Okuhara in the last two matches between the two. Their last meeting came at the BWF World Tour Finals final that Sindhu won in straight games.

Apr 13, 2019 1:19 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara have arrived at the court. Okuhara won the toss and chose the side. Sindhu was asked whether she will serve or receive, she chooses to receive.

Apr 13, 2019 1:14 pm (IST)

Kim Hye Jeong-Kong Hee Yong of Korea just won the women's doubles semi-final. PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara up next. This will be the 14th meeting between Sindhu and Okuhara.

Apr 13, 2019 1:06 pm (IST)

Women's Doubles Update:

Kim Hye Jeong-Kong Hee Yong of Korea took the first game 21-15 against Liu Xuanxuan-Xia Yuting. The second game is underway!

Sindhu vs Okuhara will take place after this match.

Apr 13, 2019 12:51 pm (IST)

It was a gruelling 57-minute battle between Tai Tzu Ying and Akane Yamaguchi, where the former emerged as the winner. The match was women's singles at its absolute best!

Apr 13, 2019 12:43 pm (IST)

A women's doubles match between Chinese pair of Liu Xuanxuan-Xia Yuting and Kim Hye Jeong-Kong Hee Yong of Korea. Apart from that, mixed doubles match between Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia and Malaysia's Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing is also taking place on Court 2.

Apr 13, 2019 12:28 pm (IST)

World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan has reached the final of Singapore Open 2019 with a 15-21, 24-22, 21-19 win over Japan's Akane Yamaguchi. A brilliant match where Yamaguchi tried her best to reverse the result of Malaysia Open final and played brilliantly but in the end, a few mistakes in the end and Tai Tzu just lifting herself and the Taiwanese emerges as the winner.

Apr 13, 2019 12:22 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu has been adding some deception and variety to her repertoire in the last few months and that will be crucial against Okuhara today as the Japanese has brilliant retrieving abilities.

Apr 13, 2019 12:11 pm (IST)

In the first semi-final of the day, Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai pulled off a huge upset as they beat world No.1 Chinese pair Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong 24-22, 21-19.

Apr 13, 2019 12:09 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, there is a brilliant women's singles semi-final going on between world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan and Japan's Akane Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi came up with a brilliant game plan of playing at a fast pace and defended extremely well to take the first game 21-15. In the second game, she had five match points but Tai Tzu saved them all and took the second game 24-22 in her second game point opportunity. The decider is underway!

Apr 13, 2019 12:07 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara have played each other on the BWF tour 13 times and the Indian leads 7-6. Last year, the two played each other four times and Sindhu won on three of those occasions.

Apr 13, 2019 12:04 pm (IST)

Round 1 | Okuhara beat Russia's Evgeniya Kosetskaya 21-13, 21-9 in 29 minutes

Round 2 | Okuhara beat Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan 18-21, 21-15, 21-13 in 1 hour and 5 minutes

Quarter-final | Okuhara beat Saina Nehwal 21-8, 21-13 in 36 minutes

Apr 13, 2019 12:00 pm (IST)

Round 1 | Sindhu beat Indonesia's Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky 21-9, 21-7 in 27 minutes

Round 2 | Sindhu beat Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt 21-13, 21-19 in 40 minutes

Quarter-final | Sindhu beat China's Cai Yanyan 21-13, 17-21, 21-14 in 59 minutes

Singapore Open 2019 Semi-final Highlights: PV Sindhu Crashes Out With Loss to Okuhara
PV Sindhu takes on Nozomi Okuhara in the women's singles semi-final of Singapore Open 2019. (Photo: BAI)


With this loss, the head-to-head record of Sindhu against Okuhara now stands at 7-7. Sindhu had won the last two matches against Okuhara, including the final of BWF World Tour Finals in December 2017, but on Saturday, she looked no match to the Japanese.

Okuhara will take on world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the final on Sunday, who earlier defeated her compatriot Akane Yamaguchi 15-21, 24-22, 21-19.

With Sindhu's loss, the Indian challenge at Singapore Open came to an end after Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal and Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy had all crashed out in the quarter-finals.
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