Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin to clinch title

PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin to clinch title

Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu defeated Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the summit clash in the India Open Super Series Badminton tournament at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.

This is Ashim Sunam here, and I will bring all the happenings from the India Open women's singles final between PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin. The Indian shuttler, on the other hand, has continued to improve since the Rio Games and she went on to win her maiden Superseries title in China previous year. "There were no easy points, there were long rallies", Sindhu said after winning the title.

However, Sindhu turned the tables on Sung in the third game and led from start to finish to book her berth in the final. After the interval, Hyun misjudged a shuttle at the baseline and struggled with the length as Sindhu led 13-10.

After their Olympic final showdown in August, Sindhu did meet the Spaniard once in between at the Dubai World Superseries Finals in December where the Indian prevailed over the southpaw in straight games.

Not taking anything away from Marin, though, Sindhu said, "Marin also played well".

Asked if pocketing the first game gave her an edge in the contest, Sindhu said:"You never know because each point was important".

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On the day, Sindhu was far better than Marin controlling the proceedings easily.

This was the second meeting between Sindhu and Marin after the Rio Olympics in August previous year where the Spaniard defeated the fifth-ranked Indian 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a thrilling contest to win the Gold medal. Most recently, she recorded two victories over Sung in India's Premier Badminton League, albeit with that league's system of 11-point games.

Carolina Marin had won the first point of the match but Sindhu came back strong to win the first set 21-19.

"It was a good match, Marin played really well". Her compatriot Saina Nehwal won the trophy in 2010 and 2015.

In the end, when a resigned looking Marin sent her backhand return straight to the net, Sindhu threw up her hands in the air and jumped in celebration. Seventh-seeded Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yomenoto won the Women's Doubles title.

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