- S/F 1: Carolina Marin beat Akane Yamaguchi 21-16 21-14
- S/F 2: PV Sindhu beat Sung Ji Hyun 21-18, 14-21, 21-14
- PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin final on Sunday at 5:30pm(approx)
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu set up a summit showdown with Carolina Marin after a hard-fought win over world number four South Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semifinals of the India Open Super Series.
Playing at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi, Sindhu dished out a superb performance to outwit the second seeded Hyun 21-18, 14-21, 21-14.
Fans, who kept chanting 'Sindhu' and 'India' throughout the match, will now witness a rematch of the Olympic final on Sunday with Sindhu facing two-time world champion Carolina Marin.
The Spanish star defeated Japan's Akane Yamaguchi, seeded fourth, 21-16 21-14 in an easy contest on the other end of the draw.
Sindhu came into her semi-final match with a 6-4 head-to-head record against Sung Ji Hyun and displayed nerves of steel, with some scintillating low lifts.
PV SindhuI was prepared from the start because it’s was always going to be a long match. So, in the second game, I was leading 5-2 but made simple errors as I hit a mid-court smash outside. From there she lead 11-6 and I tried, but she maintained the lead and finished it off.
The two-time world championship bronze medallist added, "In the decider, I was aggressive from the start. I remembered the errors I made in the second game”
PV SindhuSo, I was prepared from the first point itself. She came back in the third but I told myself if she can win so many points why can’t I and so I believed myself.
Talking about her final against Marin, Sindhu said:
PV SindhuAt Dubai finals I beat her but she defeated me at PBL, but this time it will be at Delhi so I will have the support. However it will be a new game, new conditions, new style. She might know my game and I might know hers, we both will have this feeling that we won against each other. But it will be a fresh strategy, fresh game, so who plays best on that day will win. I just hope for the best.
Sindhu had clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open last year before reaching the final at the Hong Kong Open.
This season, she guided the Chennai Smashers to a title victory in the Premier Badminton League (PBL). She started the new international season with a win at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold tournament at Lucknow in January.
(With inputs from PTI)
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