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Dominant Sindhu brushes Marin aside for Indian Open badminton title


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By Aaditya Narayan



03 April 2017: PV Sindhu was in her element at the Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi on Sunday, as she beat Olympic Champion Carolina Marin 21-19 21-16 in the final of the India Open Super Series.

It was some measure of revenge for Sindhu, as she had lost to Marin in the final of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last year.

Like on that day in Rio, Sindhu won the first game. She was dominant in the opening exchanges as the Spaniard took time to find her feet. In no time, Sindhu had raced to a 5-2 lead, but that is when Marin started to find her range.

The two matched each other shot for shot, and Sindhu went into the mid-game interval with an 11-9 lead. Marin was much the better player in the interval and leveled proceedings at 16-16, before she took the lead for the first time in the match to go within two points of winning the first game.

But Sindhu then reeled off three straight points to take the first game and send the home crowd into delirium. But there was still a need for Sindhu to be cautious. She had won the first game in Rio too, but the Spaniard had come back storming in the second game.

But there was to be no repeat of that at the Siri Fort Complex. Sindhu stormed out of the blocks to take a 4-0 lead in the second game, and from there on, there was no looking back. Sindhu ensured that she stayed aggressive throughout the game, not letting the Spaniard a way back into the game.

Sindhu’s smashes were pinpoint, and the most improved aspect of her play in recent times,  her play at the net, was on full display as she pounced on every opportunity she got.
As the game wore on, Marin uncharacteristically made a lot more errors.

This was a sweet tournament victory for Sindhu, considering the opponents she had to get past to win the title. The Indian no. 1 had to get past her compatriot Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinal and put in a fabulous performance to beat the Korean, Sung Ji Hyun in the last four.

If there was any doubt as to who the best Indian badminton player, Sindhu just rubbished all those as she leveled the head-to-head with Marin, to win her second Super Series title. This win may catapult Sindhu to being the World No. 2.


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