"Congratulations to Victor to getting to the final, he played the ideal game", he added. After being a game down and trailing 5-16 in the second, Srikanth mounted an impressive comeback and narrowed the lead down to two points at 17-19. "When I was struggling today I thought back to the last match against Marin and that got me playing much better".
The Japanese tried to engage Saina in fast-paced rallies, which were mixed with down-the-line smashes and cross-court angled returns, sandwiched by deceptive drops. The Japanese took the benefit of Saina's tiredness as she used the whole court perfectly to take the game to 10-3.
"Of course yes, but it's not so easy because even she is a good player, and also she knows my game and I know her game, so it's not going to be an easy match tomorrow". All eyes will be on Sindhu to see if she can finally break the jinx and win the gold.
It was a very close contest and went down to three games.
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Mourinho refused to take credit for the substitutions that changed the game, preferring to deflect the spotlight onto his players. We created enough chances to score today and I think we are the deserved winners. "The players are good and motivated".
But he was blown away by Axelsen 21-9, 21-10. Okuhara's strategy of playing long rallies tested Saina's fitness to the core. It was a must-win game for Sindhu too, having lost the opener 19-21. But, then the Indian started working on her plans and the next two points on offer.
In the decider, Saina grabbed an early 3-1 lead but Okuhara soon started dominating the rallies. In the next point, Okuhara produced a consummate finish with deception on a push down the line, on the forehand side to take the game to 14-7 before taking a ten-point lead at 17-7.
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 Indian shuttler seems to take her game to the next level when it comes to big world events. Okuhara continued to accumulate points, sometimes using her disguise at the net. At Rio 2016, it was Sindhu who beat Nozomi for a place in the final as the Japanese had to settle for a bronze while the Indian ended with silver.