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28 August 2017, 01:27 | Melanie Burgess
PV Sindhu fought back from 13-16 down in the second game after losing the first to eventually come up trumps
In the other semi-final, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark will play defending two-time champion Chen Long, who eliminated fellow Chinese Tian Houwei 21-12, 21-17.
All of India was waiting to tell Nozomi Okuhara from the land of Sony - "It's a Saina". Yufei is ranked 10th in the world and had won 19 of the 29 matches she has played this year. Although Saina finally managed to secure a point, Okuhara entered the mid-game interval with complete control of the match with a lead of 11-4. With this win, she also became the only second Indian to reach the finals of World Championship after Saina achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta.
In the third penultimate game, Japanese Shuttler took early four point lead with score 5-1.
In the second game, Okuhara saved three game points by forcing errors; they played 33 shots for 20-20.
Saina took Okuhara out with a attractive misleading shot to race to an 8-2 lead.
Viktor Axelsen held his nerve to win his first badminton world championship at the expense of his idol, the great Lin Dan on Sunday.
Axelsen, who won the bronze in the 2014 worlds and 2016 Rio Olympics, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency: "I am still a little out of words, I never expected to win that comfortably, I am very happy". And also because the conditions are different, the atmosphere is different here, so I shouldn't take it easy.
But nonetheless, this was the best badminton that the fans got the pleasure of watching. "When we got into the game, our decision-making was not up to snuff".
The final proved to be one of the best matches in the competition, where both Sindhu and Okuhara looked in a dazzling form and there was nothing to choose between the two.
The Chinese player had no words to explain the game of Sindhu in the match.
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