Indian Open: Sindhu to take on South Korea's Ji Hyun in semis

Posted April 03, 2017

The top-ranked Indian shuttler asserted her dominance over familiar foe Sung Ji Hyun by outclassing the South Korean 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 in the semi-final match, that extended to an hour and 16 minutes yesterday. Sindhu awaits her revenge from Rio 2016 fuego where Carolina Marin outclassed her by 19-21, 21-12, 21-15. The Indian eventually won the game 21-14 - thus setting up a repeat of her Olympic final match with Marin.

The second game was even better for the Indian as she made an early four point lead and forced Marin to play according to her rather than giving away the advantage and play the game of her opponent.

"Talking about Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who recently won their fifth global challenger title at Vietnam Open, Gopichand said: ".they are just 18 and 19 years old and they are doing well for this age.

Marin though upset after losing the finals was gracious to praise Sindhu "It was after a long time that I have reached a final". She opened up 9-4 lead and Sung was left to do the chasing from there on.

She will face world number one Carolina Marin in the finals on Sunday. "I am happy with my performance", Sindhu, who won the TOISA player of the year and badminton player of the year awards, said at the post-match press conference. Marin slowly found her feet on court and narrowed the gap.

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Sindhu tried to force her way back, and at a point of time 13-16 scoreline seemed to make a good contest.

"I really played well. In the second, I could not play as well as she did".

PV Sindhu won her maiden India Open Superseries title with a straight-games win over Carolina Marin.

"It is a great victory, I can not express my happiness in words", said Sindhu later. Though the percentage of unforced errors was quite high in the match, Sindhu showed she was mentally stronger on the big points. 2012 victor Jung Kyung Eun of Korea, together with Shin Seung Chan, were the only women's doubles semi-finalists who had a Superseries title to their name but they came up short in a photo finish with Japan's Shiho Tanaka / Koharu Yonemoto (pictured), unable to capitalize on either of two match point opportunities.