Indian Star Looks To Avenge Rio Games Loss

Saina Nehwal is not a special player that I have to beat every time says PV Sindhu

India's Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is into her first final of her home Superseries event, after withstanding a late charge from Korea's Sung Ji Hyun.

Fans, who kept chanting "Sindhu" and "India" throughout the match, will witness a rematch of the Olympic final tomorrow.

With this victory, Sindhu equaled the head-to-head record over the Spaniard 5-5.

PV SindhuI really played well. Her bodyline shots on Sindhu seemed to be a pre-game tactic and it rattled Sindhu throughout the match.

"So, I was prepared from the first point itself". Marin fired two angling smashes to make it 9-11 before the Indian snatched three consecutive points to have a five-point advantage. However, poor net play and Sindhu's powerful smashes to the left of Sung again allowed the home star to win the first game 21-18. But, today was an all-new day a whole new game. She might know my game and I might know hers, we both will have this feeling that we won against each other. I got some injury after that, had to leave some tournaments.

The win gave Sindhu her first India Open title and second Superseries title after the China Open past year.

The confidence was evident after her win in the India Open final.

In the end, when a resigned looking Marin sent her backhand return straight to the net, Sindhu threw up her hands in the air and jumped in celebration. None of this mattered to the capacity crowd, of course, who were cheering Sindhu in what they saw as a grudge match for the Olympic loss. She is not giving much chance for Sindhu to hit her favourite smashes, but the Indian has been strong in the front court too, as she leads 10-7. But what played in Sindhu's favour may have been she had got the better of Marin in Dubai a year ago.

As expected it was a close battle with both the players displaying incredible tenacity but eventually it was Sindhu who prevailed 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 in the high-octane clash that lasted for 76 minutes. And at the midway break, the Indian held an 11-4 lead. In the past also, I have played against her and it was never easy to play her.

In the decider, Sindhu looked determined from the start.

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