Nanjing: PV Sindhu and India’s wait for a maiden BWF World Championships continues as Carolina Marin outplayed her Rio Olympics rival to win her third world title here on Sunday.
The Spaniard defeated Sindhu 21-19, 21-10 to win the final as the Indian had to settle for silver for a second year in running.
While Sindhu looked in control till the halfway stage of Game 1, Marin bounced back spectacularly to clinch the first game before dominating the Hyderabadi shuttler in the second game to win the final.
With her long reach, PV Sindhu took the fight to Carolina Marin as the Spaniard made quite a few unforced errors to allow Sindhu to run away with the advantage in the first game of the final.
However, Marin upped the ante and reduced the number of unforced errors to grab the advantage back from the Indian to win the first game 21-19.
Carolina Marin 21-10 PV Sindhu (Second Game)
Another game, another final loss for Sindhu. Marin moved from strength to strength with a big lead while her opponent looked worn out and was short of answers. Sindhu found feet at 19-10 but in the end, it proved a little too late.
Carolina Marin 11-2 PV Sindhu (Second Game)
Major lead for Marin as Sindhu loses her way out in the middle. Can she find a way back?
Carolina Marin 21-19 PV Sindhu (First Game)
The Olympic champion bags the game after a stunning comeback. Sindhu was leading 14-11 at one point but the Spaniard kept getting better of her opponent with surprise strokes. Pressure on Sindhu.
While PV Sindhu will look to erase the painful memories of her previous final’s defeat, Carolina Marin will be out to dash Sindhu’s plans as the Indo-Spaniard rivals square off against each other in the BWF World Championships final here on Sunday.
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Although the Rio Olympics finalists are yet to win a title this year, the two have found their gumption and peaked at the right time to make it to the final of this edition of the BWF Championships.
While Sindhu defeated the likes of Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi to reach the final, Marin overcame Saina Nehwal and He Bingjiao to make it to the title clash.
While Sindhu will be targeting to become the first Indian to win the World Championships, Marin will be keen to clinch her third worlds title.
Timing and venue:
The match is expected to start around 12.30 PM (IST) on August 5, 2018, Sunday in Nanjing, China.
The live streaming of Sindhu vs Marin final will be available on HotStar.
The live telecast of the BWF World Championships 2018 final will be available on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.
Head to head: Marin leads Sindhu with 6-5 scoreline.
Last BWF World Championships game: Marin defeated Sindhu in 2014 semifinal 21-17, 21-15.
Last final encounter: Sindhu beat Marin in 2017 India Open final 21-19, 21-16...