India Open Super Series: PV Sindhu defeats Sung Ji Hyun; set to face Carolina Marin in the finals

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New Delhi | Published: April 1, 2017 7:28:48 PM

In yet another display of spectacular performance, 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu has today defeated World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-18, 14-21,21-14 in the semi-finals of the India Super Series.

PV Sindhu has today defeated World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-18, 14-21,21-14 in the semi-finals of the India Super Series. (PTI)

In yet another display of spectacular performance, 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu has today defeated World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-18, 14-21,21-14 in the semi-finals of the India Super Series. After a hard-fought clash, as the ace Indian shuttler manages to clinch victory in the crucial semi-finals, Sindhu will next be facing Rio Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin in the blockbuster finals of the super series.

Cheered on by a sizable crowd at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, Sindhu dished out a superb game of badminton to outwit second seeded Hyun 21-18 14-21 21-14 in a battle of nerves where fortunes fluctuated frequently. The fans will get a chance to witness an exciting finale, which will be a rematch of the Olympic final which was watched by millions of fans across the globe.

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Earlier, two-time World Champion Marin of Spain defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, seeded fourth, 21-16 21-14 in an easy contest to reach the finals. Coming into the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record, Sindhu displayed nerves of steel as she produced some scintillating low lifts and dominated the nets to see off her opponent.

Yesterday, Sindhu faced Saina Nehwal in the crucial quater finals at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. And with an incredible and consistent performance, Sindhu defeated Saina 21-16, 22-20. While after a nail-biting 40 minutes-long second round clash Sindhu defeated Japan’s Saena Kawakami to book her place in the last eight of the tournament, sixth-seed Saina outplayed Pompawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-14, 21-11 within half an hour to storm into the quarter finals.

(With inputs from agencies)

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