Sindhu gets it right against Carolina, wins maiden India Open

Sindhu gets it right against Carolina, wins maiden India Open

Marin did manage to stage a comeback in the first game and led 19-18 but Sindhu was quick to win three points on the trot and pocket the first game, 21-19. Neither did P V Sindhu resort to the kind of fist pumping Carolina Marin is known for as she piles on the pressure on her opponent.

The world No.3 registered a facile 21-16, 21-14 win over Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi in 40 minutes.

Just the start of April and this is Sindhu's second title of the season already, having bagged the China Open earlier this year. But Sindhu also had to be credited for showing her ever-improving game, especially in the cross-court net-game and defence. Her bodyline shots on Sindhu seemed to be a pre-game tactic and it rattled Sindhu throughout the match.

And Sindhu finishes it off with a brilliant forehand body-smash!

The two shuttlers have faced each other nine times at BWF tournaments in the past and Carolina holds the edge over Sindhu with a 5-4 head-to-head record.

Sindhu, thanks to her late performances, has come out of Saina's shadows and stakes were high for both players. The Spaniard faced Sindhu at the World Superseries Finals in December where she was a pale shadow of the aggressive, determined Marin that she is known to be.

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In the second game, the 21-year-old Indian was vying for the game point with a five-point advantage.

As it turned out, Sindhu was never in any serious threat of losing the match.

A game break, Sindhu led 11-7 and later made it 15-11 with some crucial and deep smashes. Marin smashed the shuttler outside and gave away two points back-to-back.

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.

Not only is the destination country of each doubles title already known but it is also known that the women's doubles will give a first Superseries title to the victor.

"I am really happy the crowd cheered both of us and they enjoyed themselves" said Sindhu after collecting $24,375 for her week's work.