Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
Sci-tech | By Doreen King

Sindhu beats Marin to lift India Open badminton title

Sindhu beats Marin to lift India Open badminton title

In the past also, I have played against her and it was never easy to play her.

An impeccable performance from PV Sindhu helped her win a maiden women's singles title at the $325,000 India Open Superseries in New Delhi.

Marin though disheartened after losing the final, praised her opponent. Only time will tell. She then kept up the momentum backed by a boisterous crowd at New Delhi's Siri Fort and won the second set 21-16.

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Meanwhile, Ji Hyun stormed into the last-four after defeating defending champion Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 22-10 in 49 minutes to avenge for her loss at the All England Open. Predictably, it went the distance and Sindhu emerged victorious 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 after 76 minutes of intense struggle. But Sindhu also had to be credited for showing her ever-improving game, especially in the cross-court net-game and defence. Just two points, and Marin misses a golden chance as she hits it wide.

Marin did try to make a comeback late in second game but it was little late as Sindhu took five match points.

The Korean, however, fought back after change of ends from the faster side of the court and drew level.

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In the decider, Sindhu came out all guns blazing and zoomed to a 5-1 lead. It is getting close, still Sindhu has 13-11 lead. "The crowd was very supportive and my coaches as well have been very helpful", Sindhu said after the match. The Spaniard defeated Rituparna Das, Minatsu Mitani, Akane Yamaguchi en route to the finals, and will be confident of adding one more Super Series title to her cabinet of trophies. She is now on a 10-match winning streak in India.

The home favourite will take on Carolina Marin in a repeat of the Olympic gold medal match. There will be a huge support. The game was good for spectators but not for me because I lost.

"It (India Open) is one of the important tournaments and my second (Super Series) title after China Open". Last year, my goal was to win the Olympics which I won. After the Olympics, I have not been at my best but I am doing better.

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The Olympic silver medallist was visibly ecstatic and relieved after a hard-fought win over Marin.

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