P.V. Sindhu faced off against Carolina Marin in the India Open Super Series final today to become the women’s singles champion. Sindhu beat the Spaniard in straight sets with a score of 21-19, 21-16. “It was a good match overall. It was a tough contest. From the first point we were fighting hard. There were rallies, no easy points. I am happy with my performance,” said P.V. Sindhu in the post match press conference.
She also termed the India Open as an important tournament and it is her second Super Series title after the China Open. Sindhu also acknowledged the newly appointed Indonesian coaches and also her regular coach Pullela Gopichand who she trained under. Sindhu bested the Olympic gold medal winner at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in Delhi. Besides her triumphs at the China Open and the India Open, she is also the winner of the Times Of India Sports Award (TOISA). This is the 9th time that these two players have faced each other at a senior level, but Marin currently lead the head to head with five wins over Sindhu’s 4. Even a change of shuttle for Marin wasn’t enough for her to stay at the level of Sindhu.
Sindhu held the advantage in the first set with a 6-1 lead before Marin started to make a comeback. but Sindhu held her nerve to win a closely fought first set at 21-19. In the second set, Sindhu forged ahead with a 4-0 lead and was on the verge of clinching the title at 20-15. A few errors from the 23 year old Spaniard saw the game end at 21-16 and the title went to the 21 year old Indian.