It is another final for the Rio silver medallist PV Sindhu. This time her opponent is a known player, Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, who beat her at the World Badminton Championships this year, in a three-set match. Sindhu has earned another opportunity of avenging the defeat earlier this year. Okhura has been in ominous form and going past her would be difficult for the Indian shuttlers. When the two last met, they gave us a glimpse of their physical ability and mental strength. If one remembers, there was a mammoth 72 shots rally. One can expect the same resolve and fight from both the young talents. Going by current form, Okuhara would start favourites but one can never write off Sindhu. On way to the finals, Okuhara has not dropped a single set which again shows the form she will bring into this finals.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist, on the other hand, has shown signs of struggle and a few lapses have led her to concede a couple of games — against the 19th ranked Minatsu Mitani in the quarter-finals and against the sixth-seeded He Bingjiao in the semi-finals.

Going by current ranking, Okuhara is 9th whereas Sindhu is 4th. But all that will not count, when the two ladies walk out to the centre court to lock horns against each other. It will be a test of Sindhu’s attack versus Okuhara’s net play, which is very good. Head to head, Okuhara leads 4-3, that should also make Okuhara feel comfortable before the tie. A billion people will be backing the Indian against the more favoured Japanese opponent.

Channel: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD

Live streaming: Star Sports Hotstar

Date: September 17, 2017

Time: Fourth on the court after a 11 am local time start. Expected to begin around 9.45 am IST.