PV Sindhu delivered a scintillating performance to overcome second-seeded South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 to enter her maiden women's singles final at the Dollars 325,000 India Open Superseries on Saturday. Sindhu prevailed 21-19, 21-16 against the current world champion, which was her fifth win over Marin overall. The women's singles summit clash at the Siri Fort Sports Complex was billed as the re-run of the Rio Olympics final in August previous year when Marin had come from behind to outplay Sindhu.
India's Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is into her first final of her home Superseries event, after withstanding a late charge from Korea's Sung Ji Hyun.
The Olympic champion came back strongly after the change of ends to finally take a one-point lead at 18-17 but Sindhu displayed steely nerves as she sealed the first game 21-19 in her favour.
Third seed Axelsen crushed Chou 21-13 21-10 in just 36 minutes to claim his maiden India Open title at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. It was a close encounter and tied at 19-19, any of us could have won it from here. Marin struggled against Sindhu's body smashes, but slowly closed the deficit once again with some deft cross-court drops. On Sunday, the World No.5 will take on arch-rival and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain.
Sindhu came prepared for a long match.
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He has played for the under-21s at full-back and centre-back so the system was going to suit him, no problem. There were some really encouraging displays from players who haven't played for us before.
In both the games, it was Sindhu who took the initiative and set the tempo with early leads. Just two points, and Marin misses a golden chance as she hits it wide. She also played well.
"From there she lead 11-6 and I tried, but she maintained the lead and finished it off", Sindhu said. It was a match that pitted in-form Sindhu against a veteran who used to be her benchmark not so long ago. This match, I feel, could go to the wire. Seventh-seeded Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yomenoto won the Women's Doubles title.
Sindhu gave her best performance yet to beat Marin 21-19, 21-16 in a 46 minute summit clash, securing her first India Open title.
Men doubles: 4-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt 6-Ricky Karandasuwardi and Angga Pratama 21-11, 21-15.
The Olympic silver medallist was visibly ecstatic and relieved after a hard-fought win over Marin.