PV Sindhu reaches final of Indian Open Super Series 2017

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PV Sindhu after winning her semifinal match. (picture courtesy: twitter.com/@PBLIndiaLive)

Sets up final showdown against Carolina Marin

Third-seed PV Sindhu faced the second-seed South Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals of Indian Open Super Series 2017 at Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi. Home favourite Sindhu comprehensively beat her Korean opponent 2-1 to reach the finals of the Super Series tournament. Sindhu had reached the semi-finals of the tournament after beating her fellow countrywoman Saina Nehwal.

The two players had a neck-to-neck fight in the first game before Sindhu raced to a 15-11 lead. At set point, Sindhu lead 20-17 and squandered just one point before winning the game 21-18 in 24 minutes.

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The two were tied at 5-5 in the second game before Sung Ji Hyun raced to a 8-14 lead. Sindhu offered little resistance to the Korean then onwards and lost the second set 21-14 in 24 minutes.

Sindhu started the third set aggressively and raced to a 4-0 lead. Trailing 11-5, Sung cut the deficit to 13-10 but ultimately fell behind 20-14, thereby handing Sindhu six match points. Sindhu did not waste any opportunity and sealed the set 21-14 in 28 minutes and thereby the match 2-1.

In other semifinal of the Women’s Singles, top-seed Carolina Marin beat Japanese Akane Yamaguchi 21-16, 21-14 to reach the finals. The final between the two will be a repeat of the Rio Olympics final where Marin had prevailed over Sindhu to win the gold medal.

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The final match of the Super Series between Sindhu and Marin will be played on 2nd April at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi.