Sindhu wins India Open title for first time

Miranda GreerApr 03, 2017

"Playing India Open has given me the confidence and motivation to fight hard and to keep going in the next tournament", she said. I knew there will be long rallies and Sung will not give points easily.

"From there she lead 11-6 and I tried, but she maintained the lead and finished it off", Sindhu said.

But Sindhu was prepared this time around as she raised the tempo once again to clinch three straight points and pocket the game.

Sindhu upped the ante in the second game with a strong and solid court game, to race to a 4-0 lead. Sindhu had last defeated Marin in the BWF Super Series in Dubai previous year. this win, however, was sweet revenge for the Rio loss. Coming into the semi-final, she not only had a winning record against Sung Ji Hyun, but she had only lost to the Korean once on home soil. This season, she guided the Chennai Smashers to the title win at the Premier Badminton League (PBL). With this win, Sindhu also equalised 5-5 in career meetings against the two-time reigning world champion.

"It was a good match, Marin played really well". Just one point the difference as the home crowd goes Sindhu, Sindhu, Sindhu, who responds to the support with a smash to go 14-12 up.

Smashes - yes, especially that powerful one from Sindhu down the line and not to forget Marin's game at the net, which is second to none.

Sindhu began the match with a balanced approach of aggression and calmness which reflected in her smashes and drop shots.

"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.

The third seed took 36 minutes to floor Chou 21-13, 21-10 to claim his maiden India Open title. This brings up a repeat of last year's men's doubles final and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo have beaten Suwardi/Pratama twice since then.

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.

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