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Carolina Marin's quest for elusive title at BWF World Tour finals

Posted : 13 December 2023

Carolina Marin, a decorated badminton athlete with three world titles and an Olympic gold, finds herself chasing the elusive HSBC BWF World Tour Finals title, the only major tournament missing from her illustrious career. Despite her desire for the prestigious victory, Marin has tempered her expectations this time due to persistent knee issues.


The world No.5, acknowledging that she is far from her peak physical condition, expressed a more realistic outlook, emphasizing her focus on enjoying the game, improving, and adapting to her current state. Marin's shift in approach reflects a stark contrast to her declaration at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships in August, where she aimed for a fourth world title and reached the final.


In her first Group B match, Marin demonstrated efficiency with a 21-18 21-10 victory over Beiwen Zhang. However, she openly admitted to being far from her optimal state, estimating her current condition at around 50 percent due to recurring knee problems. Marin reflected on the challenges of returning from two serious knee injuries, particularly emphasizing the toughness of the last one, an ACL injury in her left knee. Despite the hurdles, Marin expressed determination to continue her journey, focusing not only on winning titles but also on personal improvement and self-awareness.


In the men's singles Group B clash between Anders Antonsen and Li Shi Feng, anticipation surrounded a tightly-fought match, considering their previous classic encounter at the YONEX All England in March. However, Li Shi Feng appeared somewhat lost as he faced significant deficits in both games, ultimately succumbing to Antonsen with a scoreline of 21-18 21-12. The Dane emerged victorious, showcasing a dominant performance in a match that was expected to be closely contested.


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