P.V. Sindhu lost 21-12, 21-5 to Spain’s Carolina Marin in 35 minutes in the final of the Swiss Open Super300 in Basel on Sunday.

It was Sindhu’s third successive loss to Marin, who had won both the Super 1000 events in Thailand in January before finishing runner-up at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

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Playing her first final in 18 months, Sindhu, ranked 7th in the world, entered the match with a 5-8 head-to-head record against Marin. She had lost her last two matches against the former world no 1.

Sindhu, who didn’t drop a game in the last four matches this week, failed to summon her A-game under pressure as Marin came up trumps to claim her third title of the year. Marin, the current world no 3, had also defeated Sindhu in the final of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Sindhu will next compete at the USD 850,000 All England…

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