Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu overcame a stiff challenge from Spain’s Carolina Marin before overcoming her Spanish opponent 22-20,21-19 in the quarterfinal of the 2018 Malaysian Open. The Indian shuttler took just 52 minutes to beat her opponent in a nail-biting contest and book her place in the last four.
It was a sweet revenge for Sindhu who lost to Marin in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. Both the players now even (6-6) in the head-to-head battle.
The match expected was a very close affair as both the players matched each others game and also came from behind on a couple of occasions. Both of them fought hard in the first set and in the end, it was Sindhu who managed to take the first game 22-20.
The second game also witnessed Sindhu racing to an early lead and at the time of interval she lead Marin 11-6. After the break, the Spaniard made a strong comeback as she tried to reduce the deficit. It was too little too late for the former World No 1 as the Hyderabadi ace managed to hold onto her nerve before taking the second game and the match 21-19.
Sindhu will face top seed Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final on Saturday.