World champion PV Sindhu defeated Spanish Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain to clinch the second-best finish in the Swiss Open final on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Indian, who won the World Championship gold medal in 2012, did not match the Marines’ speed and accuracy in his 12-21-2-11 defeat in the final, which lasted just 35 minutes.
It was Sindhu Marines’ third defeat since winning the Super 1000 events in Thailand in January before finishing runner-up in HSBC’s BWF World Tour Final.
To play its first final in 18 months, it entered the match with an 8-6 head-to-head record against world No. 7 Indus Marines, losing the previous two matches and losing the last two with the former World Cup.
The world number one Indian, who has not lost a game in the last four matches this week but failed to call his ‘A’ game under pressure, has won Marin Trump for the third title this year.
Currently ranked 3rd in the world, Marine 201 lost to Sindh in the final of the Rio Olympics in Sindh.
The Indus was utterly indifferent to the Rampage Marine, which had overtaken the Indians with its speed, strength and accuracy during the recent conflict.
In the opening game, the Marines opened up a 2-0 lead early, saw the pace increase and quickly eliminated the Indus.
The Indians went on to win 4-4 – the only time they had a lead in the match – but the Marines clapped again and often did not find the net.
Indus missed a shot on the backline and applied several pressures to lead the Marines to a 9-6 lead.
The Spanish made two mistakes before winning the video referral. He then entered the mid-game break with a healthy 11-8 advantage.
It took four consecutive points to go one-way traffic, 15-8, as the Marines accelerated after the break. Proper return to the backline helped break the Indus game run.
However, with the Marines occupying nine game points, Indus could not change pace or control the net. Indus rescued him before handing his backhand back to the Marines on the net.
The Marines did not give up the paddle and continued to dominate the process, zooming 5-0 in the second game.
The net error served Indus, but the Indian was unable to return as he fell into the net again and later made the mistake of giving the forehand back. The Marines soon went 8-2.
Indus changed his rocket, but his luck did not change as the Marines moved to the next position to take advantage of nine points during the break.
The Marines continued their brutal move and went 14-2, completely disappointing the Indians before winning 17-3.
In the end the Spaniard had 15 match points in his match and the Spaniard cleared the matter by pushing it into the clear-court net, which hung the Indian.
Indus will take part in the 50,000 All England Championship in England, the Super 1000 event to be held from March 17 to 21.