Ace Indian Badminton Champion P.V. Sindhu, on Saturday made it to her maiden Super Series final with a fantastic victory over reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the Denmark Open.
She beat the world number two and All England champion Marin 21-15 18-21 21-17 in a closely-fought semi-final that lasted a nail-biting one hour and 14 minutes at Odense Sports Park in the USD 650,000 Super Series Premier event here. This was 20-year-old Hyderabadi’s first win against Marin in their last four outings. However, she lost in the finals to turn runner up.
Both Sindhu and Marin began the match on an equal footing before the Indian grabbed five points on the trot to cruise to a 8-3 lead before Marin closed the gap gradually.
Sindhu, kept the lead for a while and took four straight points to reach to game point before pocketing the first set 21-15.Marin began the second set on a bright note and took the early lead, only to be ousted by Sindhu who made it 3-3 and then 5-3 by winning four straight points.
The deciding set was a tough contest and Marin almost ran away as the winner, but Sindhu made a brilliant comeback, and that too under tremendous pressure, to first close the gap and then zoomed ahead to win the tie and maintained her excellent form in the tournament.
After this, the score was tied at 5-5 and then 8-8 with none of the two willing to give an inch to the other, Marin inched ahead at 12-9 but Sindhu bounced back to make it 11-12.
Earlier in the quarterfinals, Sindhu had beaten former world number one Wang Yihan of China in straight games.
Sindhu, who had lost to Yihan — a 2011 World Champion and silver medallist at 2012 London Olympics — four times in the past, dished out a 21-18 21-19 win over the sixth seed Chinese.