In the men's final, top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark won his first India Open title as he thrashed Chinese Taipei's Chou Chen Tien 21-13, 21-10 in 36 minutes. The first game was a close affair as Marin took the first point but Sindhu then took five straight points to lead early. "It did not turn out to be a good match for me but I am happy that I have reached the finals", Marin said after the match. "The crowd was very supportive and my coaches as well have been very helpful", Sindhu said after the match. Last year, my goal was to win the Olympics which I won.
In the decider, Sindhu took an early lead but still had to dig deep into her reserves to halt Sung. The see-saw game continued till the 19-point mark.
"It is always hard to play Sung Ji as she is a kind of player against whom you have to construct points as she would not give away easy points".
After vanquishing compatriot Saina Nehwal in the quarter-final, Sindhu faced her toughest challenge in the form of Sung Ji Hyun. She started the 2017 season with the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold title in January and this India Open Superseries is her second title of the season.
Marin hasn't won a tournament post her historic gold medal at the Rio Olympics previous year and she has been battling an injury that has forced her to skip some events and pull out of the final of one (German Grand Prix). It was sweet revenge for the Hyderabadi, who lost their previous encounter in three games at the Dubai World Superseries Finals in December 2016.
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Carolina's fiery and never give up nature resonates aloud in the court, while Sindhu's confidence helps her in building her winning steps. We have played our best matches at the Olympic Games.
"I think every player is improving". The Marin has been brilliant in the competition, justifying her top seed in the India Open. So, in the second game, I was leading 5-2 but made simple errors as I hit a mid court smash outside. It was good for my rival but bad for me.
Marin also added that she peaked at the Rio Olympics past year after which injuries affected her performances.
"My best performance was at the Olympics".