NEW DELHI, April 2: Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu produced a superlative performance beating reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain 21-19, 21-16 to win her maiden India Open Super Series title, here today.
In front of a partisan home crowd at the Sirifort Sports Complex, the third seeded Indian dominated the match from the start to win the summit clash in 46 minutes.
The win also narrowed down Sindhu�s head-to-head record against the Spaniard to 4-5. Sindhu had last defeated Marin in the BWF Super Series in Dubai last year.
Earlier, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark clinched the men�s singles title beating Chinese Taipei�s Tien Chen Chou in straight games.
Third seed Axelsen took just 36 minutes to edge past Chou 21-13, 21-10 to claim his maiden India Open title at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
In a much-anticipated match of the evening, a replay of Rio Olympics title showdown, the star Indian shuttler came out with a purpose and looked determined for a revenge.
On the day, Sindhu was far better than Marin controlling the proceedings with ease.
Marin was guilty of committing plenty of unforced errors with Sindhu�s deft drops and powerful cross-court smashes also keeping the Spaniard at bay.
In both the games, it was Sindhu who took the initiative and set the tempo with early leads.
In the opening game Sindhu raced to a 6-1 lead before Marin slowly and steadily clawed her way back into the affair.
After the first six points, it was a closely fought encounter between the two of the world�s best shuttlers. Sindhu went into the break with a slim 11-9 lead.
The intense fight continued thereafter and at one stage both the shuttlers were locked at 16-16 when Marin won a brilliant rally with a cross court drop shot. � PTI