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Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin has created history one more time as she retained her China Open title on Sunday. The brilliant Spaniard Marin thrashed former World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the nail-biting finals at Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, China. Marin who lost to Taiwanese star in past six meetings finally toppled her with the scoreline of 14-21, 21-17, 21-18.

It was not that easy for Marin to clinch the second consecutive title of China Open this year as she had a clumsy start against Tai in the first set. She looked quite nervous as well as frustrated at the beginning of the game. But later when the Spaniard picked up the momentum waves turned around in her favour. As a result, Tai failed to stop Marin from winning the shining trophy of China Open 2019.

The 26-year-old young Spanish shuttler Marin told the website of  Badminton World Federation (BWF) after she clinched the lustrous title against Taiwanese star, “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”. Further, she also added, “But the most important thing is I could fight until the end. I just waited until she made mistakes”. There is no doubt in saying that this was the biggest triumph for Carolina Marin in her badminton career so far.

Marin booked her place in the final showdown after beating Sayaka Takahashi of Japan by 20-22, 21-13, 21-18 in a semifinal match of women’s singles. In that game, the Spanish star took just 72 minutes to decide Takahashi’s future in the game. In that match also, Marin lost her first set but bounced back strongly in the last two games. Before that, she defeated He Bing Jiaoof China by 11-21, 21-14, 21-15 clinical win

This was Marin’s second international tournament after her career-threatening knee injury which she suffered during 2019 Indonesia Masters final. The Spanish professional also pulled out her name from the recently concluded World Championships as she failed to recover completely from a knee injury. She underwent the surgery process and a lengthy rehabilitation period before returning to court.