Nozomi Okuhara (@1.16) vs Nitchaon Jindapol (@5.0)
08-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Nozomi Okuhara will win

Nozomi Okuhara – Nitchaon Jindapol Match Prediction | 08-11-2019 00:30

At the end of the 2015 BWF season, she won the Dubai Superseries final where in the preliminary round and semifinals she succeeded in defeating world number 1 player Carolina Marin and in the final she beat Wang Yihan with a score of 2220, 2118. In 2015, Okuhara won first Superseries title at Japan Open in the final defeating her great colleague Akane Yamaguchi with a score of 2118, 2112.

It boiled down to finding the right balance of aggression and patience and Sindhu ensured that she had the last laugh as she outwitted Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 in a battle that lasted an hour and 24 minutes here.With this victory, Sindhu registered her fifth win over the Nagano-born World No. 6 Japanese, who robbed her of a World Championship gold at Glasgow after a 110-minute marathon battle which went down in history as one of the greatest.

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Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu produced a top-notched performance to eke out a thrilling three-game victory over 2016 champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to progress to her maiden semi-final of the All England Championship, in Birmingham, on Friday.The quarter-final clash lived up to its billing as Sindhu and Okuhara strained every sinew to dish out yet another nail-biting contest at the Arena Birmingham.

By dropping her intensity and losing some of her focus after winning the first game, Sindhu allowed herself to be taken advantage of. Despite the win, Sindhu would know that she could and should have wrapped up the match in two games. She managed to eventually take the match in the end but against a tougher opponent like Okuhara in the next round she may not have such liberties.

Sindhu tried hard to turn things around after the interval in the second game but the Thais speed enabled her to hold on to win it 21-13 and force a decider. Sindhus intensity and drive was back in the final game and, even though Jindapol managed to take a sizeable 16-12 lead, the Indian maintained a positive body language and did not let the scoreline affect her mentally.

Nitchaon Jindapol - Nozomi Okuhara Match History

Sindhu will have to play the game of patience and try to control the shuttle in the longer rallies. In short, Sindhu will need a lot of fuel to stay on her legs long enough on Friday. But after two long matches already, does she have enough left in the tank? She will have to be far more efficient at the net and play with quick hand-speed, like she had done in the Korea Open match last year when she got the better of the Japanese.

Trying to attack Sindhu, Okuhara had taken a 16-12 lead in the final game, five points away from reaching the semi-finals after the first-round defeat against Saina Nehwal last year. The longest lead in the match was a four-point advantage Okuhara gained it at the most crucial time in the match. The familiarity meant that there could barely be any surprise element to gain any upperhand. Naturally then, it was a fight of attrition as the scoreline suggested.

The main concern for Sindhu will be the drop intensity that has plagued over the last 2 matches. Even though she emerged victorious from the previous matches, there is no doubt facing Okuhara will be her biggest challenge this year. The Japanese shuttler missed the first few weeks of the new year having suffered an injury in the later parts of 2017, which is why she will be eager to get a big result like this as soon as possible.

The world No 3 has played back-to-back three-game matches ahead of her All England Open quarter-final match against the world champion.

Sindhu in the semi-finals, but won the bronze medal match against Li Xuerui of China in a walkover. In 2016, she won the prestigious All England Open after defeating Wang Shixian in the final with score 2111, 1621, 2119, and thereby became the first Japanese women's singles player to lift this title in the past 39 years.[3] She won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She lost to P.V.

Elation followed trepidation for both Sindhu and Gopichand. Today they tussled for another six extra minutes, making this the second-longest duel in their 10 meetings. Historically, the contests between the two players can be called as 'badminthons': only because the average time for the previous four contests between Sindhu and Okuhara was 78 minutes. It was never going to be easy - both for the players and the fans watching.

The Thai tends to make mistakes when the pressure is on and all Sindhu had to do was to keep the errors from her side at bay. Sindhu won the next five points with some smart badminton of her own she drew Jindapol forward and then unleashed the overhead smash. At 20-18 to Sindhu, then, it was another unforced error a lazy tap into the net from the world No 11 that handed Sindhu the match.

Sindhu settles into attack mode after nervy start

Armed with a supreme retrieving game, they made Sindhu cover all corners of the court at a fast pace, eventually squeezing every drop of juice out of her and forcing her to make errors. The Japanese will bring forward a completely different challenge compared to the Thai players. Last year, Okuhara and her compatriot Akane Yamaguchi, who beat Sindhu in the Dubai World Superseries Finals, had provided a tutorial on how to tackle tall players such as Sindhu.

Unlike her opponent tonight Okuhara, Sindhu has spent over 2 hours on the court already and this match will come just a few hours after her 3 game win against Jindapol. Okuhara will definitely be pumped for this one, knowing that a slight rivalry is starting to build and she will also be well rested for this game, given how confidently she has put away opponents already in the tournament.