Sindhu and Okuhara have played each other since their junior days - at the Badminton Asia Youth Under-19 Championships in 2012, where the Indian emerged as the victor. The Indian ace also has a chance to win her second Super Series title this year.
Sindhu had won the 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Super Series this year, besides a title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow. Sindhu managed to lead 7-4 and 9-6 before Bingjiao clawed back with three straight points. Okuhara reached game-point first, at 20-18, but Sindhu produced her best badminton at this stage to win four points in an unbroken reel.
Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Korea Open.
"In the last, both of us played our hearts out and just like the World Championships, the score was nearly there, like 19-17". Okuhara then displayed improved net play to win two points to take the match to a decider. She began to get the right length and found her rhythm. Trailing 4-8 in the second, Sindhu wiped off the deficit with a sixpoint burst and surged into lead at 13-11.
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Okuhara attempted to tire Sindhu again with the longest rally of the match lasting 56 shots.
Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu advanced to the women's singles semi-finals, while Sameer Verma and the men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty lost in the quarter-finals of the Korea Open Superseries here on Friday.
Okuhara had conquered the Hyderabadi in the World Championships final in August in Glasgow. Both the player stayed neck-and-neck till 17-17, before Sindhu committed two back-to-back unforced errors as the Japanese took a lead. Okuhara turned on the attacking mode and tried to finish the shuttle early and her tactics worked out well as she clinched the second game 21-11 in no time.