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Gutta and Ponappa had overcome some tough pairings to reach the semi-finals against the Chinese duo Tian Qing and Yunlei, but their resistance was over in two games as they settled for a bronze-India's first and thus far only doubles medal at a world championship.

In the last of the semi-finals, the Olympic silver medallist beat the week's giant killer 21-13, 21-10.

Okuhara was first to match point, but wasted it when she let a Sindhu shot sail past, and watched it fall in. The two players have met seven times so far in global badminton with Saina having an upper hand in six of those battles.

Sarma announced an award of Rs 10 lakh for Sindhu, who won the silver medal and Rs 5 lakh for Saina's bronze medal-winning feat in Glasgow.

According to reports from Times of India, it was the longest match of the World Badminton Championship, as it lasted for 110 minutes. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

Sindhu who was facing the 12th seeded Okuhara in finals, dominated the first game.

In the second game, Okuhara tried to up her game as she took the first point of the second game and then with a thumping smash on the next point, she won two back-to-back points.

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Okuhara, the 2012 world junior champion, raced away to an 11-4 lead and afterwards, it was just a matter of time before the Japanese sealed the game at 21-10 and with this a place in the final. A pumped up Saina returned everything thrown at her and came up with the flawless clears to close out the rallies. "Everybody aims for gold and I was there very close but that last moment changed everything", she said referring to crucial unforced error at 20-20 in the deciding game.

The first major game to determine the victor was Okura's dominance.

"He played the flawless game", Chen said.

Viktor Axelsen held his nerve to win his first badminton world championship at the expense of his idol, the great Lin Dan on Sunday. However, Saina became a little lazy after that which allowed the 22-year old to score four points before Saina outplayed the youngster to gain two more points.

Sindhu put in a string of superlative displays on her way to a first bronze in 2013 in China. "It's a dream come true, ever since I was a little boy I dreamed of a World Championships final". For Okuhara, the Saina match was a strenuous one and it will be interesting to see how well her body has recovered.

"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".


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