Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

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World No.22 Nguyen Thuy Linh delivered an impressive performance at the LI-NING China Masters 2023, defeating fifth seed Carolina Marin in the opening round. This meeting marked their first on the court, but Linh showed no signs of intimidation and remained composed during tense moments. Linh’s exceptional defensive abilities thwarted Marin’s attacks, and despite being down 9-13 in the third set, Linh made a stunning comeback, winning the last six points in succession. The final score was 10-21, 21-19, 21-15. This victory is a significant milestone in Linh’s career, although she has already defeated other top players this year, such as Michelle Li and Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.

Nguyen Thuy Linh celebrates the big moment

Linh expressed her determination and gratitude, saying, “I just wanted to try my best, and I knew she would attack a lot, so I had to defend, be patient, and keep up with her speed. I never thought I could beat her, but I always give my best on the court. I want to thank everyone who supported me. I will continue to give my best in every match.”

Marin graciously acknowledged Linh’s superiority, admitting, “I’m really frustrated that I couldn’t control myself. Of course, I’m disappointed. I think she played much better than me and made fewer mistakes. She fought for every point and maintained consistency throughout the game, while I wasn’t feeling my best.”

In the women’s singles draw, there were no surprises as top seeds like An Se Young, Chen Yu Fei, and He Bing Jiao advanced to the next round.

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Kunlavut Vitidsarn

In the men’s singles matches, the clash between world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Kidambi Srikanth took center stage. Vitidsarn, still working on regaining his peak physical form, was pushed to three games by the determined Srikanth. The final score was 21-15, 14-21, 21-13.

Reflecting on the match, Vitidsarn said, “It was very difficult today. I felt the pressure, and Srikanth was playing well. I need to start from scratch and study other top players. It has been a while since I last played, so I felt the pressure. I’m still working on improving myself and getting back in top shape. I will give my best.”

Highlights

Olympic champions Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin_CM23

Another noteworthy match was the battle between Olympic champions Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin and world champions Kang Min Hyuk/Seo Seung Jae. The Olympic champions emerged victorious with a score of 23-21, 19-21, 21-17.

One of the surprises of the day came in the mixed doubles category, with third seeds Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino falling to Ye Hong Wei/Lee Chia Hsin in a swift match that lasted only 32 minutes. The final score was 21-15, 21-14.

The first-round encounter between compatriots Lee Zii Jia and Ng Tze Yong ended in Lee’s favor, with a score of 21-15, 20-22, 21-17.

FAQs

Q: Who is Nguyen Thuy Linh?
A: Nguyen Thuy Linh is a badminton player ranked 22nd in the world. She recently caused a stir at the LI-NING China Masters 2023 by defeating fifth seed Carolina Marin in the opening round.

Q: How did Nguyen Thuy Linh achieve victory over Carolina Marin?
A: Despite being the underdog, Nguyen Thuy Linh displayed exceptional defensive skills and remained composed during tense moments. She made a stunning comeback in the third set, winning the last six points in succession. The final score was 10-21, 21-19, 21-15 in favor of Linh.

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Q: Who are the top seeds in the women’s singles draw?
A: The top seeds in the women’s singles draw include An Se Young, Chen Yu Fei, and He Bing Jiao.

Summary

In an exhilarating match at the LI-NING China Masters 2023, Nguyen Thuy Linh, ranked 22nd in the world, caused a major upset by defeating fifth seed Carolina Marin in the opening round. Linh’s outstanding defensive skills and unwavering composure were the keys to her victory. Despite being down in the third set, she made an impressive comeback and clinched the win with the last six points in succession. This triumph marks a significant milestone in Linh’s career. In other matches, top seeds An Se Young, Chen Yu Fei, and He Bing Jiao advanced confidently in the women’s singles draw. Meanwhile, in the men’s singles category, world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn faced a tough challenge from Kidambi Srikanth but managed to secure a hard-fought victory. The tournament also witnessed remarkable performances from Olympic champions Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin, who emerged victorious in a battle against world champions Kang Min Hyuk/Seo Seung Jae.