Star badminton player and BWF world number 4 PV Sindhu will face the Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the final of the World Badminton Championship in England. She entered the final after she beat the Chinese shuttler Chen Yufei 21-13, 21-10 yesterday. Chen, who is the junior world champion, had managed to subdue the top seed Akane Yumaguchi as well as the 2013 champion, Ratchanok Intanon on her way to semis. However, she ran into a wall yesterday as the Indian shuttler held firm against the junior world champion.
On the other hand, Nozomi Okuhara had to beat back a rousing challenge from the other Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal. Okuhara came back from a set down to beat Nehwal 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 to shut out the fans’ hope of seeing an all Indian championship final. Nehwal had won the silver medal in 2015 here at the world championships, and Sindhu would be hoping to go one better over her compatriot this time.
Sindhu has a head-to-head record of 3-3 against Okuhara, suggesting that the match could go either way. The match will be played in Glasgow, Scotland and will be broadcast live at Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1 starting 5pm. The women’s final is the second match in on the main court, and will begin approximately at 6 pm. To stream the match online, you can also go to the Hotstar channel and also to World Badminton Federation’s official YouTube channel.