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"In the second, I could not play as well as she did".

In the end, when a resigned looking Marin sent her backhand return straight to the net, Sindhu threw up her hands in the air and jumped in celebration. Sindhu is ready to take on Marin head to head one more time in a bid to bring back the glory on the court of Yonex Sunrise India Open 2017.

Today, the Sindhu-Marin rivalry is the new talk of badminton world.

The 23-year-old Marin continued has her good form and last year stood between Sindhu and the gold medal in the Rio Olympics. The first game was anybody's game at 19-19. After the interval, Hyun misjudged a shuttle at the baseline and struggled with the length as Sindhu led 13-10.

"Self belief helped me get out of the tricky situation to remain in contention for the title", Sindhu told reporters.

The two shuttlers have faced each other nine times at BWF tournaments in the past and Carolina holds the edge over Sindhu with a 5-4 head-to-head record.

They had won the title in 2015.

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Both the players started on an aggressive note with the Korean taking an early 6-5 lead. Marin had once again clawed back in the game, winning three straight points and had twice managed to deceive the Indian with her downward strokes.

Like their Chinese counterparts in the previous match, they had to come from behind before they sealed a 16-21, 21-19, 21-10 victory.

The Spaniard leads her head-to-head against Sindhu 5-3, which includes her win in the Rio gold medal match a year ago.

In the third game, Sindhu was back on her rhythm and a 5-1 lead seemed a ideal start to the deciding game. I knew there will be long rallies and Sung will not give points easily.

Marin conceded it was not her day. I reached the final. I have won big tournaments early in the season. "I was prepared from the start because it's always a long match". We are playing in the finals.

The men's doubles crown was annexed by fourth seeded Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, who beat sixth seeds compatriots Ricky Karandasuwardi and Angga Pratama 21-11 21-15 in a contest that lasted exactly half-an-hour.

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