India's top-ranked shuttler PV Sindhu survived a stiff battle against her familiar foe and local shuttler Aya Ohori in the women's singles 2nd round of Japan Open, BWF Super 750 tournament in Tokyo on Thursday.
Sindhu in Quarters!— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 25, 2019
8⃣th straight win against Aya
Ohori of 🇯🇵. The top 🇮🇳 shuttler made a strong come back in the 2nd game to wrap the match 11-21,21-10,21-13. #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/bggYzQBrIu
Sindhu, who had finished runner-up at Indonesia Open Super 1000 tournament last week, lost the opening game to unseeded Aya Ohori 21-11 before making a strong comeback to take the match 11-21, 21-10, 21-13 in 61 minutes. Sindhu had clinched a similar come-from-behind-win against Aya Ohori at last week's Indonesia Open. The India shuttler came from behind after conceding the first game 21-11.
Sindhu also extended her unbeaten record against Aya Ohori in on the tour as she has beaten her Japanese opponent 8 times in as many meetings. The three-game win at Indonesia Open was the first time Sindhu lost a game in 7 meetings to her lower-ranked opponent.
Notably, Sindhu has gone past the 2nd round at Japan Open for the first time in her career.
Sindhu had been struggling for form early in the season but the World No. 5 has looked in fine form since returning from nearly a 2-month break for Indonesia Open. Sindhu was stopped in the final of the Super 1000 tournament in Jakarta by Akane Yamaguchi.