Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin to clinch title

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Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin to clinch title
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    P V Sindhu and Carolina Marin address the media after the former put up a dominating performance to win the India Open in straight games. 

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    PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin address the media after the match. 

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    It took exactly 47 minutes for Sindhu to defeat Marin in an epic encounter! The highlight of the game was that the Hyderabad-born shuttler did not lose her cool throughout the game, handling every serve with maturity! 

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    The second game showed the advance that Sindhu has made in her play. Champions have the knack of closing matches and Sindhu showed she can do it; even under the pressure of a cheering home crowd.

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    STAT ATTACK

    Wth this win, Sindhu makes it 5-5 in the head-to-head clashes between the two shuttlers! Another matured show by the 21-year-old to finish the match in straight-games! 

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    CHAMPION! 

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    Straight games victory and the Olympic final defeat has been reversed. The second game showed the advance that Sindhu has made in her play. Champions have the knack of closing matches and Sindhu showed she can do it; even under the pressure of a cheering home crowd.

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    AND THAT THE CHAMPION SINDHU. PV SINDHU HAS BEATEN THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION. Delirious home fans, all standing up to cheer Sindhu. 

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    SINDHU WINS!

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    JUST ONE POINT AWAY! 

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    And we have arrived at MATCH POINT. That's five of them. 20-15.
     

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    Hasty shot from Sindhu. Not in position. It's 15-19.

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    At 19-14, Sindhu has the match in her pocket. She needs to wrap it up.
     

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    Pullela Gopichand looks relieved with Sindhu's performance today!

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    It's 18-13. That's a five point advantage. Marin cuts the lead to four points. 14-18.

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    Sindhu is just three points away from putting her hands on her maiden India Open title! 

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    More than a battle. This clash will test both shutters' psychological ability! 

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    Marin's hand-eye coordination while playing the net-flicks has unsettled Sindhu a bit. Will she make a comeback? 

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    It's 16-13 and a huge point for Sindhu. It's the home stretch for the Indian. And it is 17-13. The finish line is in sight.

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    Marin's hand-eye coordination while playing the net-flicks has unsettled Sindhu a bit. Will she make a comeback? 

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    Marin's hand-eye coordination while playing the net-flicks has unsettled Sindhu a bit. Will she make a comeback? 

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     Amazing drop by Marin as the scores are 12-15 and then Marin brings out a error to make it 13-15.

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    Marin brilliantly deceives Sindhu with that crosscourt shot but still trails 12-15 in the second game. 

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    Fast at the net, Marin squeezes in a point. It's 11-15.

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    Marin cuts it down to four. But a super smash gives Sindhu a 15-10 advantage.

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    14-9 and it goes without saying that the crowd is absolutely going bonkers whenever Sindhu wins a point. Marin under pressure as she's clearly struggling to cover the base point and she has been restricted to play forehand drives. 

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    But a wonderful half smash makes it 13-9. And then net play makes it 14-9. Sindhu has opened up a 5-point gap now. 

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    Marin slowly coming back. It's 9-11.

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    PV Sindhu leads 11-7 at the break of the second game! 

    Sindhu is exactly doing what was expected from her. Her ability to read the opponents movements beforehand is more or less making the difference now. 

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    Leading 11-7 with a delicious side drop at the net, Sindhu shows intent to close out the 2nd game. 

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    Too many of these rallies and both would need a break. It's 10-7 to Sindhu.

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    Looks like Marin tried too much there. Is that the pressure talking? Sindhu leads 10-7 as Pullela Gopichand requests her to stay calm! 

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    That's a Marin drop shot. And it brings her closer at 7-8.

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    Nerves of steel in the second game as the two won't let the momentum slip that easily. 8-7 to the Indian! 

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    This will be one hell of a battle in the 2nd game. Marin will keep at Sindhu and not let the Indian go ahead with too many points. Sindhu leads 8-6. India....India....rings out inside the arena. 

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    Marin is pumped up as she wins two consecutive points to give a mild headache to Sindhu. Let's see who leads at the break

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    Error at the net as Marin pushes into the threading. It's 7-4 to Sindhu.

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    Marin trails 3-6. The Spanish shuttler must make sure she covers both the tramlines because Sindhu is very powerful with crosscourts and that could prove very costly.

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    One can't just wish Marin away. She has a knack of squeezing in points. And that's exactly what she's doing. It's 4-6.

Preview: India's Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu overcame South Korean second seed Sung ji Hyun on Saturday to set up a pulsating title showdown against Spanish top seed Carolina Marin in the India Open World Superseries badminton championships.

The Indian third seed got the better of Sung 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 in a women's singles semi-final which lasted an hour and 16 minutes at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

PV Sindhu faces Carolina Marin in the final of the India Open 2017. AFP

PV Sindhu faces Carolina Marin in the final of the India Open 2017. AFP

The final on Sunday will be a repeat of the 2016 Rio Olympic final which saw Marin earning the gold medal. The world No 3 registered a facile 21-16, 21-14 win over Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi in 40 minutes.

As compared to Sindhu, Marin struggled less during her Saturday's game. And for the Indian it will be important to recover the energy she spent in the gruelling battle against Sung.

The 25-year-old South Korean was inconsistent throughout the match. But she ensured that Sindhu had to put in her best.

In the first game, Sung got off to a fine start, racing to a 6-3 lead. Then Sindhu equalised at the seven-point mark, aided by several unforced errors from the South Korean, who struggled with net play throughout the first game.

Sindhu then took the lead, pressurising Sung to play the catch up game. Sung conceded the lead owing to a couple of shots that went wide, allowing Sindhu to build up a healthy 15-11 lead.

The closest Sung came to erase the deficit was when one cross-court smash caught Sindhu off-guard showing the scoreline 17-16 in favour of the Indian. However, poor net play and Sindhu's powerful smashes to the left of Sung again allowed the home star to win the first game 21-18.

The second game saw Sindhu continuing her momentum as she zoomed to a 5-2 lead. But Sung stepped up her game and fought her way back with the help of an attacking brand of badminton.

She gained an 8-6 lead with the help of six consecutive points and the momentum swung in her favour. Her cross-court smashes fell in the right places and Sindhu felt the pressure. And from thereon, even though Sindhu did her best to close the gap, Sung never looked back.

Sindhu tried to force her way back, and at a point of time the 13-16 scoreline seemed to make a good contest. But Sung's improved net play and array of lethal attacking strokes gave her a 21-14 win.

In the third game, Sindhu was back in her rhythm and a 5-1 lead seemed a perfect start to the deciding game. And at the midway break, the Indian held a 11-4 lead.

After the two-minute break, Sung went on an attacking spree, raising hopes of a fierce comeback as she reduced the deficit to two at 10-12. Sindhu, feeling the pressure, however, didn't stop playing her aggressive game. Even though she made some unforced errors, the momentum swung in her favour. She then ran away with a 21-14 win.

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.

"It is always difficult to play Sung Ji as she is a kind of player against whom you have to construct points as she would not give away easy points," an ecstatic Sindhu said after the match.

"In the past also, I have played against her and it was never easy to play her. But I had faith in myself and knew that I could go the distance."

Now, in her maiden India Open final, Sindhu will be up against Marin, who leads 5-4 in the head-to-head record against the Indian.

Looking ahead to the final, Marin said: "For everyone it will be a rematch from the Olympic final but for us it will be a new chapter in our rivalry. She will have the home support but it will surely be an interesting match."

In the men's finals, top seeded Viktor Axelsen will meet Chou Chen Tien Chou of Chinese Taipei. Axelsen got the better of NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-13, while Chou Chen beat the Danish youngster Anders Antonsen 21-17, 21-14.

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Apr 02, 2017 08:11 pm | Updated Date: Apr 02, 2017 09:11 pm


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