Sachin Tendulkar wishes PV Sindhu after her India Open win

Yesterday, PV Sindhu showed nerves of steel to beat her compatriot Saina Nehwal 21-16, 22-20 to book her place in the semi-finals of the tournament. With that mindset, I entered the court, " SIndhu said after coming through the energy-sapping contest.

The lead continued for Sindhu till Marin won a point late it the game to make it 19-18 in her favour. The Korean tried to engage Sindhu in rallies but the Indian always produced a power-packed stroke to finish the rallies and kept her three-point lead till 19-16.

Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu with her Spanish counterpart Carolina Marin during the presentation ceremony of India Open Superseries badminton title at Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on April 2, 2017. Her repertoire of strokes, particularly the cross-court ones, gave her a 15-9 advantage, thanks to a spell of six successive points from nine.

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Marin though disheartened after losing the final, praised her opponent.

Before today's match, the two modern day legends had met nine matches, Marin holding the edge, winning five of them. With this win, Sindhu also equalised 5-5 in career meetings against the two-time reigning world champion.

The home favourite will take on Carolina Marin in a repeat of the Olympic gold medal match.

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As Sung hit the net at matchpoint, Sindhu pumped her fists and the celebratory roar in the stands would just not stop.

Sindhu held on to her slender lead by pushing Marin to the baseline, from where the Spaniard was forced into making a series of errors. The world number four was playing in his third successive India Open final and had lost to K Srikanth (2015) and Kento Momota (2016). 2012 victor Jung Kyung Eun of Korea, together with Shin Seung Chan, were the only women's doubles semi-finalists who had a Superseries title to their name but they came up short in a photo finish with Japan's Shiho Tanaka / Koharu Yonemoto (pictured), unable to capitalize on either of two match point opportunities. It was Tanaka and Yonemoto pair's first Superseries title.

In mixed doubles, second seeded Chinese Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong thrashed Husband-wife English duo of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock 21-13 21-13.

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