Glasgow: They huffed, they puffed, and they stumbled all over the court, matching each other shot-for-shot in the long, winding rallies of the BWF World Championship final, here at Glasgow.
PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara gave everything they had, and perhaps even a little more, as they played the second longest match, lasting 110 minutes, in the final of the
World Championships, which the Japanese shuttler won 21-19, 20-22, 22-20.
While the match was strewn with long rallies, the two players gasped for breath between points, a bit too frequently for the referee’s liking. So much so that Sindhu even got an official warning.
However, one of these rallies caught the imagination of one and all.
With Sindhu 21-20 up in the second game, Okuhara put on a great show, to try and prevent the Indian shuttler from clinching the second game and take the match into a third game.
What started out as a crucial point for the match, ended up being one of the best rallies we have seen, one that lasted for 73 shots.
Ultimately, Sindhu won the crucial point and took the match to the third game, after Okuhara struck the net.