Dubai, Dec: (PTI) Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu avenged her
heart-breaking loss at the Rio Games to two-time World Champion
Carolina Marin with a thrilling straight-game victory in a do-or-die
women’s singles Group B contest and sealed her place at the
semifinals of the BWF World Super Series Finals here today.
In a much-anticipated contest, Sindhu came up trumps against the
Olympic champion Marin, who had spoiled her gold medal dream at
Rio in August. The Indian dished out an energetic performance to see
off a fighting Marin 21-17 21-13 in a hard-fought battle that lasted 46
A former World No. 1 Marin, who held a 5-2 head to head record, tried
to play an aggressive fast-paced game and pumped herself with each
point, letting out a war cry but Sindhu was equally up for the battle of
nerves and she showed tremendous grit and nerves to emerge
victories in a crucial contest.
With this win, Sindhu finished in the second place behind China’s Sun
Yu, who won all the three matches, in Group B.
Both the players started with an aggressive rally and even though
Sindhu had a 2-0 lead early on, Marin soon turned the tables at 4-3
when the Indian hit long. The Spaniard made it 7-3 with Sindhu playing
a few nervous strokes.
However, Sindhu changed her approach and got hold of her nerves and
reeled off five points to lead 8-7. But again two long shots from Sindhu
and Marin was 9-8 up.
The left-handed Marin soon came up with a sharp smash which an
outstretched Sindhu could not connect. But the Indian immediately
produced three straight points and entered the break with a slender
11-10 lead after producing a superb cross court smash which found
A lucky net chord helped Sindhu to lead 13-12 after the break which
she swelled to 16-12 with Marin finding the net and hitting long.
The duo continued to battle hard and engaged in some fast paced
rallies with each trying to outdo the other with sharp acute angled
strokes. Eventually Sindhu grabbed six game point advantage when
Marin missed the baseline. The Spaniard saved three points before the
Indian sealed the game with a superb smash.
Marin needed medical treatment for what seemed like a bruise in her
feet before the start of the second game.
The Spaniard used her deceptive returns to put Sindhu in trouble and
opened up a 3-1 lead which the Indian soon erased and grabbed a 5-3
advantage after another excruciating rally.
Sindhu tried to keep her opponent away from the net and kept tossing
the shuttle at the back of the court. The ploy seemed to work as Marin
committed errors while trying to use deception to break the rhythm.
Sindhu was equally athletic on court as she stretched, jumped and
dived all across to cover the court and entered the interval with an 11-6
lead after Marin sent the shuttle wide twice.
At 13-7, Sindhu missed the sidelines and coach Pullela Gopichand
tried to calm her down. With Marin continuing to struggle with her
strokes, Sindhu soon lead 17-10 and eventually grabbed a 21-13
match point advantage when Marin hit long after another exciting rally.
The Indian then sealed the match as the Spaniard found the net again.
2015 Kashmir Despatch