PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin, clinches Indian Open crown

In the Olympic champion's favour was the fact that she had got the better of the Indian in most of the matches they had played and in the one that really counted - at Rio a year ago.

Sindhu gave her best performance yet to beat Marin 21-19, 21-16 in a 46 minute summit clash, securing her first India Open title.

In the first game, Hyun had opened up a 6-3 lead but Sindhu caught up with her rival when the Korean hit the net. Sindhu then sealed the first game when Marin was slow to defend a half smash.

While Marin had a relatively easy match, Sindhu had to stave off a spirited display from South Korea's Hyun to reach her maiden final at her home event. This match, I feel, could go to the wire.

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In the second game, the ace Indian shuttler raced into a big lead, surging 11-7 ahead during the break. But she was humble in victory and credited her win to crowd support. While she dominated the back court, she was also beating Marin to the net. The 21-year-old has opened the new season with a Grand Prix Gold title in India as well. While the first game was a close encounter, it was the the second-seeded Sung, who looked better poised going into the decider. "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. Both Sindhu and Marin had dropped just one set on their way to the final and were looking strong contenders. "But I believe in myself and was confident I could turn it around", Sindhu said later. "But I think ups and downs are part of life but you will have to come back and train harder to improve yourself and that's what is really important".

Earlier, Sindhu's opposite number, third seed Viktor Axelsen won as expected against Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen in straight games.

In other title clashes of the day, seventh seeded Japanese duo of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto stunned third seeded compatriots Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 16-21 21-19 21-10 to lift the women's doubles title.

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