As it happened, Swiss Open 2021 finals: PV Sindhu slumps to disappointing loss against relentless Carolina Marin

PV Sindhu's campaign falters in the last lap against Carolina Marin. Swiss Open 2021 final highlights and results!

By Utathya Nag

8:28 PM IST - Swiss Open 2021 comes to a close

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu endured a disappointing day at Basel on Sunday, as she went down 21-12, 21-5 to arch-rival Carolina Marin in the Swiss Open 2021 final.

PV Sindhu seemed up for the challenge until the first mid-game break of the match, but the world No. 3 Carolina Marin seized control soon after and produced a masterclass to score a dominating win over her old rival.

This was Marin’s ninth career win over Sindhu. The Indian will get her opportunity to bounce back at the All England Open, which starts from March 17.

The run till the final, however, will earn Sindhu some valuable Race to Tokyo Ranking points to consolidate her chances of qualifying for the Tokyo Summer Games in July.

In other results, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen beat Thai shuttler Kunalvut Vitidsarn to stake his claim on the men’s singles crown.

The men’s and women’s doubles titles were won by Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Malaysia’s Tan Pearly and Thinaah Muralitharan respectively.

The first match of the day – mixed doubles final – saw the French team of Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue edge out Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje to the title.

That’s it from Swiss Open 2021.

8:15 PM IST - Tame submission from Sindhu as Carolina Marin triumphs

A dominating display by the Spaniard!

Power, speed, technique, will to win - the Spaniard seemed a step or two ahead of Sindhu in every aspect on the day.

An almost flawless performance by the Rio 2016 champion at Basel tonight.

Score: PV Sindhu 12-21, 5-21 Carolina Marin

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8:06 PM IST - PV Sindhu staring down the barrel

Not the comeback PV Sindhu would have been looking for.

Marin has just looked a couple of steps quicker than the Indian so far. A mountain to climb for the world champion now.

Score: PV Sindhu 12-21, 2-11 Carolina Marin

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7:58 PM IST - Marin storms the first game

The Spaniard seemed to shift up a gear and a half after the restart.

Carolina Marin took control of the net and Sindhu's reluctance to engage her opponent in quick exchanges set up some easy finishes for the reigning Olympic champion near the net.

Sindhu needs to change things up in the second game.

Score: PV Sindhu 12-21 Carolina Marin

7:49 PM IST - Similar ploys in play for both PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin

Interesting trend to the game in the early phase. Both players seem to be trying to drive the opponent as far back as possible during rallies before slicing a dipping shot in at the front court.

The play has cumulated in several of the two players' points so far.

Marin holds the upper hand heading into the mid-game break, but only three points separate the two. Surely, a lot more badminton left.

Score: PV Sindhu 8-11 Carolina Marin

7:30 PM IST - PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin live soon

The conclusion of the men's doubles final tees up the big one!

PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin up next.....

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7:26 PM IST - Astrup - Rasmussen cruise to Swiss Open men's doubles title

The German team had little say in the second game as well in the face of the Danish team's intensity.

Both Astrup and Rasmussen seemed determined not to give a single loose point to the Germans throughout the match. A comfortable victory for the Danes in just 42 minutes.

Score: Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel 16-21, 11-21 Kim Astrup/ Anders Skaarup Rasmussen

7:00 PM IST - Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen on top in men's doubles

Only one match left before PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin take the court for their clash!

Denamrk's Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen hold a game advantage over Germany's Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel.

It's been a fast-paced match so far with quick rallies.

Score: Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel 16-21 Kim Astrup/ Anders Skaarup Rasmussen

6:35 PM IST - Viktor Axelsen wins men's singles

Viktor Axelsen is the new Swiss Open men's singles champion!

The world No. 2 Dane seemed to be on the backfoot in the early stages as Kunalvut Vitidsarn came out firing and took a 11-7 lead. Axelsen's solid defensive game, however, shone through after that, handing him total control of the match.

With the Thai shuttler hardly finding any openings, Axelsen proceeded to win the first game 21-16.

The Dane was even more imposing in the second game, and controlled almost every rally with ease to sail through to a 21-6 win.

Score: Viktor Axelsen 21-16, 21-6 Kunalvut Vitidsarn

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6:30 PM IST - Highlights of Swiss Open women's doubles final

5:25 PM IST - Malaysians dominate women's doubles final

The Malaysian team of Tan Pearly and Thinaah Muralitharan put on a masterclass of a display to beat Bulgaria's Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva in the final. It was Pearly and Muralitharan first-ever BWF Super 300 title and the first Swiss Open title for any female Malaysian player.

Pearly and Muralitharan held their nerves to see off a topsy-turvy first game 21-19 before stepping up a gear and cruising past the Bulgarian sisters 21-12 in the second game.

Score: Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva 19-21, 12-21 Tan Pearly/Thinaah Muralitharan

5:15 PM IST - Highlights of Swiss Open mixed-doubles final

4:27 PM IST - France's Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue claim mixed doubles title

The French duo of Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue beat Denmark's Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje 21-19, 21-19 in the mixed doubles final to win the gold medal.

After a superb recovery in game 1, which Gicquel and Delrue won after coming back from frailing 19-16, the French duo fended off a tough challenge by the Danes in game 2.

Score: Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje 19-21, 19-21 Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue

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3:25 PM IST - PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin head-to-head record

In senior badminton, PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin have met 13 times with the Indian holding an 8-5 lead.

Their last meeting was at the 2019 Indonesia Open quarter-finals, which Marin won. Sindhu’s last win against the Spanish ace dates back to the quarter-finals of the 2018 Malaysia Open.

Besides their senior meetings, the two also faced off in the 2010 BWF World Junior Championships in Mexico – a match the then 15-year-old PV Sindhu won against Marin, two years her senior.

A detailed account of the PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin rivalry over the years can be found here.

3:10 PM IST: Road to the Swiss Open final

PV Sindhu is yet to be stretched to the third game at the Swiss Open 2021 while Carolina Marin had to overcome a tough challenge from Thai shuttler Pornpawee Chochuwong in Saturday's semi-finals.

PV Sindhu's road to the final

Round 1: PV Sindhu 21-16, 21-19 Neslihan Yigit (Turkey)

Round 2: PV Sindhu 21-13, 21-14 Iris Wang (USA)

Quarter-finals: PV Sindhu 21-16, 23-21 Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Thailand)

Semi-finals: PV Sindhu 22-20, 21-10 Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark)

Carolina Marin's road to Swiss Open final

Round 1: Carolina Marin 21-8, 21-10 Natalia Perminova (Russia)

Round 2: Carolina Marin 21-11, 21-10 Julie Dawall Jakobsen (Denmark)

Quarter-finals: Carolina Marin 21-13, 21-13 Beiwen Zhang (USA)

Semi-Finals: Carolina Marin 21-15, 20-22, 21-19 Pornpawee Chochuwong (Thailand)

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2:55 PM IST – Full finals list and schedule for Swiss Open 2021

The men’s singles title at Swiss Open 2021 will be decided between Denmark’s world No. 2 Viktor Axelsen and Thailand’s world No. 25 Kunalvut Vitidsarn.

While Vitidsarn has been the surprise package in this year’s competition, Axelsen is a former champion having won the 2014 edition.

Here’s the full schedule of the finals at the Swiss Open 2021.

Mixed doubles

Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje (Denmark) vs Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue (France)

Women’s doubles

Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria) vs Tan Pearly/Thinaah Muralitharan (Malaysia)

Men’s singles

Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) vs Kunalvut Vitidsarn (Thailand)

Men’s doubles

Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel (Germany) vs Kim Astrup/ Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Denmark)

Women’s singles

PV Sindhu (India) vs Carolina Marin (Spain)

Another chapter in one of the biggest rivalries of modern badminton is set to unfold as India's PV Sindhu and Spain's Carolina Marin face off in the women's singles Swiss Open 2021 final on Sunday.

The most epic and memorable meeting in the PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin rivalry played out at the Rio 2016 final, where Marin edged out the Indian.

The two superstars enter the Swiss Open final on the back of contrasting forms, nevertheless.

While PV Sindhu's last final appearance was at the 2019 BWF World Championships, which she won, Marin has been consistently winning titles since then.

The Spaniard, in fact, is set to play her fourth final of the 2021 calendar year. She has been in the top two in every tournament held so far this year.

Carolina Marin won both editions of the Thailand Open in January and finished runners up at the BWF World Tour Finals before setting up a title shot at the Swiss Open.

PV Sindhu, however, can take heart from the fact that she won her world championships title at the same venue - the St. Jakobshalle Arena in Basel.

Ranking-wise, PV Sindhu - the current world No. 7 - is four places behind Carolina Marin (world. No. 3).