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'World Championship final was not in my mind'

Seoul: PV Sindhu said the heart- breaking World Championship final loss was not on her mind when she was plotting the downfall of Japan's Nozomi Okuhara en-route to her Korea Open title.

Playing back-to-back finals against Okuhara, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu on Sunday exacted sweet revenge of her World Championship heart-break, defeating the Japanese 22-20 11-21 20-18 in yet another energy-sapping contest. "I had lost to her after being 19-17 in the World Championship but I didn't keep that in my mind even though there were long rallies. I kept telling myself next point is important. I had to control the shuttle very much, so there was nothing in my mind," Sindhu told reporters after being asked if the epic final was on her mind.
Talking about the final, Sindhu said: "I'm playing her again after playing in the World Championship and each point was very exhausting. In the first game, we were equal at 20-20 and I changed the course and won the game.
"In the second game all were going out, I couldn't control the shuttle. It was a huge lead even if I would have tried so I lost easy. In the third game, each and every point was important, even though I was leading at 11 points she came back and after 11 points, every point were big rallies like the World Championship and nobody was leaving," she added.
With Sindhu and Okuhara playing back-to-back finals, expectations are high that they might clash at the Japan Super Series Premier next week.

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