Sindhu Defeated by Carolina Marin in Semi-Finals of Denmark Open Badminton – The Statesman.
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Sindhu Defeated by Carolina Marin in Semi-Finals of Denmark Open Badminton – The Statesman.

PV Sindhu Falls to Carolina Marin in Denmark Open Semi-Finals

In a match fraught with tension, two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu was defeated by Rio 2016 champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the Denmark Open badminton semi-finals at the Jyske Bank Arena in Odense.

Sindhu, who is ranked six places below World No. 6 Carolina Marin in the badminton rankings, lost the match 21-18, 19-21, 21-7 in a gruelling 71 minutes. This marks Sindhu’s 11th loss to Marin in their 16th head-to-head encounter. The pair previously faced off in the Rio Olympics final, which was won by Marin.

Sindhu’s Losing Streak Against Marin Continues

Sindhu last triumphed over Marin at the Malaysia Open in 2018, but this recent defeat extends her losing streak against the Spanish player to five matches.

The initial game saw both players effectively utilizing their reach and exchanging leads before the break. Sindhu entered the mid-game interval with a narrow one-point lead and managed to maintain it for most of the game. However, Marin’s powerful smashes proved too much for Sindhu, and she won the first game by securing the final four points.

Sindhu’s Early Lead Decisive in Second Game

Sindhu started the second game with a renewed vigour and quickly amassed an 11-3 lead. Despite Marin’s attempts to fight back with seven consecutive points, Sindhu managed to regain control of the game with her defensive skills, making the score 14-10.

Marin continued to challenge Sindhu with a combination of net play and smashes, saving three game points. However, Sindhu’s early lead proved decisive, and she won the second game.

Sindhu Loses Steam in Decider

Sindhu, who has been battling injuries since her gold medal win at the Commonwealth Games last year, lost her momentum in the deciding game, resulting in a three-game match loss.

This marks Sindhu’s fifth semi-finals appearance this season. The former world champion and two-time Olympic medallist is still in pursuit of her first BWF title this year.

Prior to this match, Sindhu had secured victories over Thailand’s Supanida Katethong, Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, and Indonesia’s Gregoria Tunjung.

The outcomes of the Denmark Open and the Paris Open will contribute to players’ qualifying rankings for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Author’s Quote

“This match was a testament to Sindhu’s resilience and skill, despite the outcome. Her performance throughout the tournament has been commendable, and we look forward to seeing her future endeavours on the court,” says [Author’s Name], [Author’s Title].

Author’s Conclusion

[Author’s Name], [Author’s Title], concludes: “While Sindhu may not have secured a victory this time, her determination and skill are undeniable. As she continues to compete at this high level, we can expect great things from her in future tournaments.”

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