Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

Carolina Marin Makes Stunning Comeback at China Open

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An emotional victory for the Spaniard.

Carolina Marin, the Olympic champion, achieved one of the most remarkable comebacks in badminton history by defending her China Open crown after recovering from a career-threatening injury. Marin, who suffered an ACL injury in the final of the Indonesia Masters in January, pulled off an incredible turnaround in Changzhou this week, defeating world No.4 Tai Tzu Ying with a score of 14-21 21-17 21-18.

A Triumph Over Adversity

Considering that Marin had lost in her previous six matches against Tai, with her last win dating back to December 2015, her victory at the VICTOR China Open 2019 is particularly impressive. Despite being unseeded, Marin appears to have returned from her injury layoff even stronger than before.

As with her last two matches, Marin took some time to find her rhythm. Tai was aggressive and controlled the exchanges, utilizing her range of loopy drops to create openings. However, as the match progressed, Marin increased the pace and made fewer errors. She constantly applied pressure to Tai, using her speed and follow-up shots to keep her opponent on the back foot.

There was no let-up in the decider either. While Marin maintained her scorching pace, Tai’s inconsistency let her down, alternating between brilliant moments and wayward shots. Although Tai staged a four-point comeback, Marin stayed composed and sealed the victory with a wide shot from Tai.

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A Remarkable Comeback

Marin’s remarkable comeback has left the badminton world in awe. She expressed her disbelief at coming back so strongly from her injury and described her emotions as “unbelievable.”

“There was some frustration with myself in the first game. I tried to keep calm. I had to be patient and find the good length on the shuttle. But the most important thing is I could fight until the end. I just waited until she made mistakes. I just wanted to play some long rallies because I knew this match was going to be really tough. She has good strokes, she has so much deception that I had to be careful,” said Marin.

Tai acknowledged that Marin played better than her and lamented her own errors. Despite the loss, she praised Marin’s skill and speed.

“The wind was coming from a different direction compared to the past few days. I made quick adjustments at the start of the match but towards the end, she played at a very fast pace. I also made many unforced errors. But I have to admit that she played very well today,” said Tai.

Conclusion

Carolina Marin’s stunning comeback at the China Open is a testament to her resilience and determination. Despite facing a career-threatening injury, she fought her way back to the top of the game. Her victory serves as an inspiration to all athletes and a reminder that with perseverance, anything is possible.

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FAQs

Q: How long was Carolina Marin out due to her injury?

A: Carolina Marin was out for nearly eight months due to her career-threatening ACL injury.

Q: How many times had Carolina Marin lost to Tai Tzu Ying before this match?

A: Carolina Marin had lost in their previous six matches against Tai Tzu Ying.

Q: What is the significance of Carolina Marin’s victory at the China Open?

A: Carolina Marin’s victory at the China Open is remarkable because she successfully defended her crown after recovering from a career-threatening injury.