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It was my day as I made fewer mistakes: PV Sindhu after win over Carolina Marin

PV Sindhu defeated the Spanish Olympic champion Carolina Marin in straight games after a thrilling final to claim the women’s singles title at home.

other sports Updated: Apr 02, 2017 23:12 IST
Navneet Singh
Navneet Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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PV Sindhu in action against Carolina Marin during the women’s singles final of the India Open.(PTI)

Well begun is half done. PV Sindhu’s definitive win over Spain’s Carolina Marin early in the year has set the tone for the tall Indian to dominate the world. Barring the loss to world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the All England quarterfinals, it’s been a great start to 2017 for Sindhu. (HIGHLIGHTS)

The confidence was evident after her win in the India Open final. “I am really happy with my overall performance. I have won big tournaments early in the season. It (India Open title) will add to my confidence and motivate me to work harder and prepare for the World Championship (at Glasgow in August).”

Sindhu looked every inch an athlete in prime fitness as she decimated her Spanish opponent and for a moment it looked like she could have beaten her Rio nemesis at any venue, in any tournament on Sunday, such was her domination. But she was humble in victory and credited her win to crowd support. “Certainly, the kind of support I got was amazing. I believe it was an advantage.”

Not taking anything away from Marin, though, Sindhu said, “Marin also played well. We were locked 19-all in the first game, but then I just managed to race ahead. It was sheer luck as she was fighting for each and every point in the match… It was my day as I made fewer mistakes than my rival.”

On losing to Marin at the Rio Olympic Games last year, Sindhu said, “Then (too) I was at my super best. It’s a different matter that I won silver. Winning and losing are part and parcel of sports,” said Sindhu.

The Hyderabad shuttler also gave due credit to coach, Pullela Gopichand, for the triumph. “It was good that Gopi sir was sitting on the official coach’s chair. He had opted to sit in the stands during the quarterfinal match between me and Saina Nehwal. It was good to get tips during the break,” she said.

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Marin conceded it was not her day. “It happens sometimes…I was a bit error-prone. It was good for my rival but bad for me. But I am happy with my performance as had some injury problem after the Olympics.”

However, the Spaniard said she had many positives from the tournament. “This event was a stepping stones for future goals. The week here at the India Open was good. I reached the final. It will motivate me to prepare for the upcoming World Championship.”

First Published: Apr 02, 2017 22:45 IST