All England Open: Sindhu enters semi-final after thrilling win


She fought back from a game down in her opening round match against Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong before getting past world no. 11 Nitchaon Jindapol in a tricky second round clash.

PV Sindhu was a delighted person after her stunning comeback win against seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japanin the quarter-final of the All England Badminton Championships on Friday.

Sindhu, after the match, was simply happy to have won it. The Indian kept the shuttle in play, pushing Jindapol to the corners and returning the shuttles with immaculate ease early on.

"We hope no one can stop us, we don't know what will happen next and we will always try our best". A towering smash and soft drop near the court gave Sindhu the lead, which swelled after Okuhara served at the net and sent one wide.

Similarly, the two were involved in another see-saw match in which Okuhara was too good to win the first game 22-20. We got 2-3 service faults in crucial moments. we were down in first game and it was same till the end. Sindhu was all aggression, looking to dominate the rallies and throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Okuhara, who absorbed all the punishment with obdurate defence, and even returned it with dividends attached.

Asked what her strategy against Okuhara was, an opponent she has played 10 times now, losing five and winning as many times. Sindhu closed the gap to 13-17 with three- straight points with some excellent returns.

In an attritional battle which lasted one and 34 minutes, the Japanese player's relentless retrieving exhausted Sindhu out by the end of the match. My coaches have been telling me, because sometimes I find when I hit out or tap to the net, when you actually have to get points, I lose confidence and get nervous. I am not thinking too much about the tournament. Jindapol kept the pressure on and narrowed down the lead to 7-8. Okuhara won the final two points after a brace of unsuccessful line challenges from Sindhu as her strokes landed millimeters out along the sidelines. Sindhu held a slender 11-9 lead at the interval after Jindapol hit wide on both side of the flank. She said, "Sindhu is a very tall player; so she is very strong in attacking". Also, I was trailing like 12-16 and then I came back, so I am happy I won it. Sindhu then drew parity at 6-6 when Okuhara found the net. The warning, though, did not deter the Indian No. 1 as she went on towin the match. Jindapol netted again and Sindhu sighed a relief.