Denmark Open: PV Sindhu beats world champion Carolina Marin to enter maiden Super Series final
PV Sindhu continued her sensational form in the 2015 Denmark Open by defeating two-time defending World champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the first semi-final of women's singles.
New Delhi: Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu continued her sensational form in the 2015 Denmark Open by defeating two-time defending World champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the first semi-final of women's singles in Odense on Saturday.
Inside a poorly-lighted Odense Sports Park, twenty-year-old Indian shuttler won the match 21-15, 18-21, 21-17 in one hour 14 minutes to make her first ever Super Series final.
All England champion Marin started the match as the favourite, but the World No.13 Sindhu took the initiative early in the first game, to win it comfortably 21-15 .
However, the Spaniard staged valiant fight back to wrest the second game 21-18, despite a late surge from the Indian shuttler.
In a see-saw third game, Sindhu kept her calm to finish the game and match 21-17, after trailing most of the game to her opponent.
Sindhu won a total of 60 points, seven more than her opponent, in a match which saw 113 points played.
It's worth mentioning that Marin has an impressive record against the Indian players, winning high stake matches against both Sindhu and her more illustrious compatriot Saina Nehwal.
This is Sindhu's second win over the current World champion in fifth attempts. She won their first ever meeting in 2011 Maldives International Challenge.
The two-time World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu will play the winner of second semi-final between third rank Sung Ji Hyun of Korea and sixth rank Li Xuerui of China in tomorrow's final.
Prakash Padukone (in 1980) and Saina Nehwal (in 2012) had previously won this prestigious tournament for India.
Yesterday, Sindhu defeated former World No.1 Chinese Wang Yihan in straight games to book her semi-final spot in the Super Series Premier event.
World number one Nehwal's campaign ended on Thursday after losing to Minatsu Mitani 15-21, 13-21 in straight games in the second round.