Will Carolina Marin be able to retain her title at the Olympics?
The Spaniard has had a sensational form in the recent tournaments
Carolina Marin made his history after clinching gold at the Rio Olympics becoming the first non – Asian player in Women’s singles badminton to do so. After winning the World Championships consecutively in 2014 and 2015, she was also amongst the favorite players to win the title. The first seed and world no.1 then at the Olympics had a dominating run as she took the title with her and had no looking back since then.
The Spaniard has had a sensational form in the recent tournaments. Back then, after winning the title in Rio, she went on to win her fourth European Championship title and third World Championship title in 2018 making her the only female athlete to do so.
However, the beginning of 2019 was a very cold one for her as she suffered from an ACL injury and was forced to have a pause of almost 8 months. In September, after an eight-month break, she was able to bounce back and, on 22 September, she won the China Open, defeating Tai Tzu-Ying in the finals. This was Marín’s first title of the season. Since then she started to grow stronger. She further won Syed Modi and Italian International tournaments later in the year.
In 2020, she continued her great run of form at the South Asian Tour; reaching the semi-finals of Malaysia Masters where she lost to Chen Yufei. She then reached the final of Indonesia Masters in successive weeks, where she went down against Ratchanok Intanon in three games. After that, she reached the semi-finals of Thailand Masters, where she lost to top seed Akane Yamaguchi in close games. In February, she reached the final of her home event Barcelona Spain Masters, where she lost in an upset to rising Thai star Pornpawee Chochuwong in a nail-biting encounter. In March, she competed as the eighth seed in the All England Open but unfortunately went down against the eventual champion Tai Tzu Ying.
2021 was a year for Marin to remember where she won both the super 1000 events at Thailand Open defeating the same opponent Tai Tzu Ying in both. However, she lost to Tai Tzu Ying in the very next tournament at the BWF World Tour Finals in a close match. She later went on to win the Swiss Open and European Championships which was for the fifth time.
Marin’s recent run of form leaves us in no doubt that she could finish on the top of the podium in Tokyo where she might retain her title and make history yet again.