Sindhu beats Carolina Marin for Yonex-Sunrise India Open title

Apr 02, 2017 18:27 | Education&Sports


World No. 5 Pusarla V Sindhu continued her good run of form this season as she beat World No.3 Carolina Marin of Spain to win the $325,000 prize money BWF Metlife Yonex Sunrise India Open World Superseries played here today at the packed Siri Fort Sports Complex today.

Sindhu who made it to the finals of the India Open for the first time did not let the opportunity slip away and she rolled out her A-Game to get better of her opponent 21-19, 21-16 in a pulsating encounter that lasted for 47 minutes.

 With this win, Sindhu not only avenged her Rio Olympics finals loss to Marin but also annexed her second superseries title of her career. She now has become the only Indian after Saina Nehwal to have won the prestigious title. 

This is also her second title of the season after her win at the Syed Modi Grand Prix in Lucknow early this year.

It was fourth win, second in succession, for Sindhu over Carolina out of nine meetings so far. Sindhu, a product of Gopichand Academy, Sindhu had last beaten Carolina in the Dubai World Superseries in Dubai in December 16. In the Rio Olym;pics Carolina had prevailed over Sindhu  19-21. 21-12, 21-15. 

“It was a very intense first game and it was crucial that I won it. It was a close encounter and tied at 19-19, any of us could have won it from here. We were not in the mood to give it away and played long rallies and eventually I came out on top,” the Hyderabadi said after the match.

Marin though disheartened after losing the finals praised her opponent for her achievement. “It was after a long time that I have reached a final. It has been long time that I had come so far in any tournament in a long time. It did not turn out to be a good match for me but I am happy that I have reached the finals,” Marin said after the match.

“On-court we might be rivals but off-court we are very good friends and I am happy for her that she won as she was the better player on the day,” the Spaniard added.

Crediting chief national coach Pullela Gopichand for her win, Sindhu said, “Initially in other matches he sat in the crowd and used to cheer for me. But today he was by my side and it gave me a lot of confidence.”

Earlier in the day, Viktor Axelsen lived up to his top billing in the tournament as he beat Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-13, 21-10 to lift his maiden title in India. 

In the men’s doubles clash, top seeded Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya of Indonesia beat their compatriots Ricky Karandasuwardi and Angga Pratama 21-11, 21-15 to win the title.

In the women’s doubles, it was an all-Japan clash with Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto getting better of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 16-21, 21-19, 21-10.

The mixed doubles title went to Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong of China after the beat their compatriots Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 22-24, 21-14, 21-17.

Results (all finals): 

Women's doubles: Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto  [7] (Japan) bt Naoko Fuklman//Kurumi Yonao [3] 16-21 21-19 21-10.

Mixed doubles: Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong  [2] (China) bt China Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen [1] (China) 22-24 21-14 21-17.

Men's singles: Viktor Axelsen [3] (Denmark) bt Chou Tien Chen [7] (Chinese Taipei) 21-13 21-10.

Men's doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/ Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo [4] (Indonesia) Ricky Karandasuwardi/Angga Pratama  [6] (Indonesia) 21-11 21-15..

Women's singles: Pusarla V. Sindhu [3] (India) bt  Carolina Marin [1] (Spain) 21-19, 21-16.