Winning the 1st game became turning point: Sindhu

Posted April 03, 2017

The win gave Sindhu her first India Open title and second Superseries title after the China Open previous year. After winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, Sindhu soon picked up her first Superseries title, at the 2016 China Open. Neither did P V Sindhu resort to the kind of fist pumping Carolina Marin is known for as she piles on the pressure on her opponent.

Asked about the doubles players, Gopichand said: "I think we can say that Pranaav and Sikki have done well and Chirag and Satwik are also there". Third seed Axelsen took just 36 minutes to edge past Chou 21-13 21-10 to claim his maiden India Open title at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

This is how former Indian Hockey team captain Viren Rasquinha hailed Super Sindhu. "Mulyo Handoyo is also working on the players, he has been with us for two months".

The match saw a see-saw battle, though Sindhu took an early lead in both the games, and in the final analysis, that proved to be the differennce in the match.

Today, the Sindhu-Marin rivalry is the new talk of badminton world.

But, there was no fault in the second match point as she put one into Marin's body, which the Spaniard managed to pick, could not cross over the net.

Sung had 6-4 lead in the first game but Sindhu bounced back to move ahead 10-7 and held the advantage throughout.

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Not at her best in the final on Sunday, Marin admitted that unforced errors cost her dearly.

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

In the semi-final, Sindhu will face South Korean second seed Sung ji Hyun, who defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16, 22-20.

At the 19-point mark, Sindhu equalised and then Saina played another successful bodyline stroke to be one point away from taking the tie to the third game.

Men doubles: 4-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt 6-Ricky Karandasuwardi and Angga Pratama 21-11, 21-15.

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.