BADMINTON: Marin returns with win over Tai in China Open in Changzhou

Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin (ESP)

Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain tore her anterior cruciate ligament in January.

On Sunday, she faced no. 4-ranked Tzu Ying Tai (TPE) in the finals of the China Open and promptly lost the first set, 21-14. But that didn’t stop her and she returned in style, winning the last two sets by 21-17 and 21-18 for the 2-1 win.

“I cannot describe my feelings right now because I’m so happy,” said Marin. “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.”

No. 1-ranked Kento Momota (JPN) continued to impress, winning his fifth tournament of the season with a come-from-behind, 19-21, 21-17, 21-19 win over Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting.

The no. 1-ranked men’s and Mixed Doubles teams both won: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA) and Siwei Zhend and Yaqiong Huang (CHN), respectively. China’s Qingchen Chen and Yifan Jia, ranked nl. 4, pulled off a minor upset by defeating no. 3 Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in straight sets. Summaries:

BWF World Tour/China Open
Changzhou (CHN) ~ 17-22 September 2019
(Full results here)

Men/Singles: 1. Kento Momota (JPN); 2. Anthony Ginting (INA); 3. Long Chen (CHN) and Anders Antonsen (DEN). Final: Momota d. Ginting, 19-21, 21-17, 21-19.

Men/Doubles: 1. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA); 2. Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (INA); 3. Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Ardianto (INA) and Junhui Li/Yuchen Liu (CHN). Final: Gideon/Sukamuljo d. Ahsan/Setiawan, 21-18, 17-21, 21-15.

Women/Singles: 1. Carolina Marin (ESP); 2. Tzu Ying Tai (TPE); 3. Yufei Chen (CHN) and Sayaka Takahashi (JPN). Final: Marin d. Tai, 14-21, 21-17, 21-18.

Women/Doubles: 1. Qingchen Chen/Yifan Jia (CHN); 2. Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (JPN); 3. Ye Na Chang/Hye Rin Kim (KOR) and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN). Final: Chen/Jia d. Matsutomo/Takahashi, 21-14, 21-18.

Mixed Doubles: 1. Siwei Zheng/Yaqiong Huang (CHN); 2. Yilyu Wang/Dongping Huang (CHN); 3. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA) and Seung Jae Seo/Yujung Chae (KOR). Final: Zheng/Huang d. Wang/Huang, 21-17, 13-21, 21-16.