Carolina Marin defeated PV Sindhu 21-12, 21-5 in the final to win her first Swiss Open title in Basel on Sunday.
The Spaniard completely toyed with the world champion at the BWF Super-300 tournament. Such was the dominance of the Olympic champion that the Indian managed to get only five points in the second game. Of all the five finals on Sunday, this was the biggest margin victory.
Sindhu’s poor form was exposed when she faced the first top-10 players of the tournament on Sunday. With no Chinese, Japanese and even Tai Tzu Ying in the tournament, Sindhu faced no real challenge till the finals.
She was in the game only till 8-9 in the first set in finals, after which Marin controlled the rallies, pace and reigned supreme at the net.
Surprisingly, Sindhu struggled to play from the back of the court as Marin made the Indian move all around the court.
From 9-8, Marin scored five successive points to make it 15-8 as she attacked Sindhu with an array of smashes, but it was her cross-court drives near the net that puzzled the Indian.
The second game was finished in just 15 minutes by Marin as she started with a 5-0 lead. Before Sindhu could score her first three points, Marin was leading 14-3.
There was no turning back after that as Marin closed up the game with a cross-court drop to clinch the title.
After winning the World Championship in August 2019, Sindhu played 14 tournaments and was able to reach only one final. She will compete in the All England Championship scheduled to be held from March 17 to 21.