Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu produced a superlative performance to beat reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain 21-19 21-16 to lift her maiden India Open Super Series title, here on Sunday (April 2).
Sindhu had earlier defeated South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 in a titanic clash to progress into the finals.
Fans, who kept chanting "Sindhu" and "India" throughout the match, will witness a rematch of the Olympic final tomorrow.
After the change of ends, Sindhu started from where she left in the first game and opened up a 5-2 lead and it seemed nearly certain that she would not have to wait much to wrap up the match. We were locked 19-all in the first game, but then I just managed to race ahead. The two-time world championship bronze medallist added, "In the decider, I was aggressive from the start". Even though she made some unforced errors, the momentum swung in her favour.
"So, I was prepared from the first point itself".
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Conquering Marin had been the toughest task for the Indian women shuttlers in the last couple of seasons. Marin hits a smash to inch towards a first game win.
On this day, it was all credit to Sindhu's ability to execute her game-plan really well.
"Talking about Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who recently won their fifth worldwide challenger title at Vietnam Open, Gopichand said: ".they are just 18 and 19 years old and they are doing well for this age. After that I got some injuries but from January, I am just getting better.
PV Sindhu clinched the India Open title after beating Olympic champion Carolina Marin, 21-19, 21-16 in the summit clash. But Sung's improved net play and array of lethal attacking strokes gave her a 21-14 win. At the break, she led 11-4 and the fate of the match seemed sealed at that point. Marin then bagged some points for herself as the scorecard read 9-7. Throughout the 47-minute encounter, there were very few occasions where the 21-year-old Indian allowed her opponent to control the rally.
Marin did try to make a comeback late in second game but it was little late as Sindhu took five match points.
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