Marin Takes Early Lead
A long rally in the fifth point and Marin ultimately hits long but still has the early lead. Score is 3-2 to the Spanish player in blue.
The mixed doubles final is all wrapped up with Chinese top seeds Zheng and Huang Yaqiong beating second seeds Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping 21-17, 21-19.
Which now means… it’s time for Sindhu and Marin to step onto the court for their summit clash.
Match to Start Shortly
The Sindhu vs Marin final is the third match of the day at the Badminton World Championships in Nanjing, China.
The first match on the court is over and the second is in the second game so we should have the women’s final underway in less than half an hour.
Some trivia: Sindhu and Marin’s head-to-head record is currently tied at 6-6 but Sindhu holds the edge in recent encounters. In the one match the pair played this year, Sindhu beat Marin in straight games last week in Malaysia. Also, since Marin beat Sindhu in the final of the Rio Olympics, the Indian third seed has won three out of four matches between them.
Both Sindhu and Marin have featured in the finals of the badminton World Championships quite a few times already with Marin having bagged the title twice in her career, in 2014 and 2015.
Sindhu is attempting to become the first-ever Indian to win a gold at the Worlds, herself having won a silver in 2017 and bronze medals in 2013 and 2014.
Road to Finals
On Saturday, Sindhu defeated second-seeded Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-16, 24-22 to reach the final. She trailed 8-4 in the first game and a remarkable 19-12 in the second but managed to fight her way back and book a berth in the final.
“I was determined to fight until the last point,” Sindhu said. “Tomorrow (Sunday) is going to be an aggressive match. Again we know each other’s game, so no easy matches, no easy points, just have to turn up and give my best tomorrow,” added the Indian talking about her match against Marin.
Spain’s Marin beat He Bingjiao of China 13-21, 21-16, 21-13. Marin was overwhelmed in the first game but got stronger as the match went on, ultimately cruising to victory.
“It means a lot to me to get to the finals,” said Marin, the world champion in 2014 and 2015 and Olympic champ in Rio.
Sindhu vs Marin: Episode 13
PV Sindhu is facing a familiar opponent in the gold medal match of the 2018 Badminton World Championships.
We’re going to be getting you the live updates from the action in China as Sindhu takes on Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final. This is the Indian third seed’s second straight final at the tournament after she settled for silver in 2017.
Sindhu and Marin are 6-6 in career meetings but the Indian star won the pair’s last match-up. At the Malaysia Open last week, Sindhu beat Marin 22-20, 21-19 in the quarter-final.
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