Sindhu enters final, sets up title date with Marin

Posted April 03, 2017

Sindhu started the second game in a dominant fashion, running to a 5-2 lead. The same reflected in Delhi's gallery yesterday.

This is how former Indian Hockey team captain Viren Rasquinha hailed Super Sindhu. But then she hit two returns outside the area and handed Sindhu a match point which she converted as Marin hit the return long. It is the first time that she has won the tournament and her second Super Series triumph.

Conquering Marin had been the toughest task for the Indian women shuttlers in the last couple of seasons. The Korean, in fact, was trailing by six points, but narrowed the gap. The only time Sindhu's fans would have anxious about the Rio clash playing all over again was when the world number five conceded the lead for the first time in the opening game at 18-17 and it looked like Marin had found her voice along with her guile. However, she couldn't maintain the momentum. Marin was also magnanimous in defeat admitting that she lost to better player. She continued to produce some crucial body smashes to keep the lead. Having put a lot of energy and power to be in the lead, Saina looked a bit exhausted, letting Sindhu to come back. The long rallies, in fact, drained both the players. A couple of terrific cross court shots had Marin rattled. Sindhu also snatched a couple of points by smashing cross-court to the left of Saina, who couldn't reply. We are just minutes away from the start of the encounter. I committed a few unforced errors and that was the key of the game. Sindhu made the most of it. She is now on a 10-match winning streak in India.

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With this win, double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu took a 7-4 lead in career meetings against Sung, the 2015 World Championship bronze medallist.

Carolina MarinToday, I couldn't play my natural game. "But today he was by my side and it gave me a lot of confidence". When it was 20-20 in the second, it was anybody's game. "That's the way it goes", said Sindhu.

The 21-year-old, who became an instant hero in her native country after she claimed the silver medal despite her loss to Marin at Rio 2016, produced a superb display on her way to recording a 21-19, 21-16 victory.