PV Sindhu continued her fine run in the Denmark Open badminton tournament as she defeated world number two Carolina Marin of Spain 21-15, 18-21, 21-17 in a match that lasted 72 minutes in Odense, Denmark. P.V. Sindhu on Saturday made it to her maiden Super Series final with a stunning upset victory over reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the Denmark Open here. The unseeded Indian beat the world number two and All England champion Marin 21-15 18-21 21-17 in a closely-fought semifinal that lasted one hour and 14 minutes at Odense Sports Park in the USD 650,000 Super Series Premier event. This was Sindhu’s first win against Marin in their last four outings. This result is a boost for Sindhu and for Indian Badminton, considering that Saina Nehwal, the World Number 1, crashed out in the second round of the tournament to Japan’s Minatsu Mitani. Sindhu, a twice bronze medallist in World Championships, will now take on former world number one and reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui — ranked fourth in the tournament — of China in the summit clash on Sunday. Xuerui had beaten Korean seventh seed Sung Ji Hyun 21-8 20-22 21-10 in the other semifinal. Sindhu had never gone past the semifinals in the Super Series or Super Series Premier events.
PV SINDHU TO MEET LI XUERUI IN DENMARK OPEN BADMINTON FINALS SUPER SERIES 2015
PV Sindhu won the first set of the match and Marin won the second. The third and deciding set was a tough contest and at one time it looked like Marin would run away as winner but Sindhu made a brilliant fightback under tremendous pressure to first close the gap and then zoomed ahead to win the tie and maintained her rampaging form in the tournament.
After 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.
The Spaniard once again took three points in a row to be 15-11 ahead and it seemed that she would break free only to see a resilient Sindhu closed the gap to take the score to 14-16.
From there on, the Indian won six points on the trot to reach to the game and match point. Marin made a one last try by winning a point and take the score to 17-20 but it was all over soon as Sindhu bagged the next point to pocket the deciding set and the match.