P V Sindhu suffers demoralising defeat in Swiss Open final

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World Champion P V Sindhu completed a distant second in the Swiss Open final after being utterly routed by Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain in a lop-sided ladies’s singles title conflict right here on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Indian, who had received the coveted World Championship gold medal right here in 2019, could not match the velocity and accuracy of prime seed Marin throughout her 12-21 5-21 defeat in the final that lasted solely 35 minutes.

It was Sindhu’s third successive loss to Marin, who had received each the Super 1000 occasions in Thailand in January earlier than ending runners-up on the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

Playing her first final in 18 months, Sindhu, ranked seventh in the world, entered the match with a 5-8 head-to-head file in opposition to Marin, having misplaced her final two matches in opposition to the previous world no 1.

The second seeded Indian, who did not drop a sport in the final 4 matches this week, nonetheless, didn’t summon her ‘A’ sport underneath stress as Marin got here up trumps to assert her third title of the yr.

Marin, the present world no 3, had additionally defeated Sindhu in the final of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Sindhu, who did not have outing in the final three occasions in Thailand in January, appeared utterly clueless in opposition to a rampaging Marin, who outclassed the Indian along with her tempo, energy and precision through the summit conflict.

In the opening sport, Marin opened up a 2-0 lead early on, which was shortly erased by Sindhu as she seemed to step up the tempo.

The Indian moved forward 6-4 — the one time she had a lead in the match — however Marin once more clawed again with Sindhu discovering the online as a rule.

Sindhu missed a shot on the backline and dedicated a few unforced errors as Marin led 9-6.

The Spaniard erred twice earlier than profitable a video referral. She then entered the mid-game interval with a wholesome 11-8 benefit.

It was a a technique site visitors after the break as Marin continued the momentum, grabbing 4 straight factors to maneuver to 15-8. A exact return at backline helped Sindhu to interrupt the run of play.

But Sindhu could not range the tempo or take management of the online as Marin continued to march on, grabbing 9 sport factors. Sindhu saved one earlier than sending her backhand return to internet handy over the sport to Marin.

Marin did not take the foot off the pedal and continued to dominate the proceedings, zooming to a 5-0 lead in the second sport.

A internet error gave Sindhu the serve however the Indian simply could not get going as she once more faltered on the internet after which miscued a forehand return. Marin quickly moved to 8-2.

Sindhu then modified her racquet however that did not change her luck as she went lengthy subsequent as Marin took a nine-point benefit on the interval.

Marin continued her ruthless march, transferring to 14-2 earlier than cruising to a profitable place with a 18-3 lead leaving the Indian in full despair.

The Spaniard ultimately had 15 match factors at her disposal and she or he sealed the problem with a cross-court return on the internet which caught the Indian napping.

Sindhu, who had shifted her coaching base to London for just a few months final yr, could not make a profitable return when worldwide badminton resumed in January following the coronavirus-induced break.

The Indian was knocked out in the opening spherical of the Yonex Thailand Open, earlier than she managed to achieve the quarterfinals on the Toyota Thailand Open.

Sindhu additionally didn’t qualify for the knockout stage on the World Tour Final after shedding two out of the three matches in the group stage.

Sindhu will subsequent compete on the USD 850,000 All England Championships, a Super 1000 occasion to be held from March 17 to 21.

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