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Carolina Marín wins the Thai Open badminton

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The Spanish Carolina Marín, current Olympic champion, won the Thai Badminton Open this Sunday, after beating the first favorite, Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying, in the final.

Marín beat his rival in 42 minutes, in two sets (21-9, 21-16).

“I wanted to show him from the beginning that I wanted victory,” declared the tournament champion.

Tai Tzu-ying admitted the good game of his adversary.

“Carolina is always fast and aggressive. That is her style of play. Today she put a lot of pressure on me,” he acknowledged.

The Andalusian player thus launched a warning about her chances of fighting to revalidate the Olympic crown, after overcoming a serious knee injury.

Carolina Marín (27 years old) has this year as a great mission not only the Tokyo Olympic Games but also the World Cup, where in the past she achieved three golds and which in 2021 is scheduled in Huelva (southern Spain), her hometown.

For his part, Danish Viktor Axelsen was the champion in the men’s singles table, after beating Angus Ng Ka Long, from Hong Kong, in 44 minutes in the final, by 21-14 and 21-14.

“I knew I had to be 110% in the final. After not playing for so long I am happy for this title,” said Axelsen.

The Danish player was reunited with a great triumph ten months after winning the All England Championship in mid-March 2020.

The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive tournaments to be held in Bangkok, culminating in the World Tour Finals on January 27.

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