Two weeks after the clash at the India Open finals, Rio Olympic finalists Spain’s Carolina Marin and ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu today crossed path at the Singapore Open Quarterfinals. And even as the Indian shuttler reached her career best World 2 after defeating Marin in the India Opens final, PV Sindhu faced a crushing quarterfinal loss to his arch-rival as Marin clinches 11-21, 15-21 victory.
However, in the men’s single category, India’s B Sai Praneeth displayed spectacular and consistent performance for an hour and eleven minutes to win 15-21, 21-14, 21-19 over eighth-seeded Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand. Praneeth will next be facing Korea’s Lee Dong Keun.
It was a rare bad day in office for Sindhu as she was completely outwitted by arch-rival Marin, who showed tremendous agility and pounced on every opportunity to emerge victorious. Sindhu, who had dropped down to world No.5 due to her first round exit at the Malaysia Open last week, never looked the player who had outsmarted Marin not too long back in Delhi. The Indian just couldn’t match up to the pace of Marin.
The opening game started aggressively with Marin being quicker off the blocks in fast-paced rallies. Marin opened up a 2-0 lead early on and then made Sindhu run across the court with her angled strokes. Sindhu, on the other hand, miscued her shots even as Marin sealed an 11-4 advantage with a smash on the Indian’s backhand. The Spaniard continued in the same vein yelling her heart out at every point won and did not allow Sindhu to gather herself. Marin was up 16-4 in no time. Sindhu picked up a few points to make it 11-18 but a wide hit helped Marin close the game in 14 minutes with a body smash.
The second game was no different and Sindhu continued to find the going tough against a consistently aggressive Marin. Sindhu lagged 5-11 at the break. It was an on-rushing tap from near the net that helped Marin grab the advantage at the interval. Even after the breather, Marin didn’t take her foot off the pedal and moved to a 19-11 lead. Sindhu tried a late comeback but it was too little too late as Marin grabbed the match point with a body smash. Sindhu then handed over the match to the Spaniard with a service fault, summing up an unusually bad day for her.
(With inputs from agencies)