Spain’s fifth seed and Olympic champion adds to first Thailand Open win last week by beating world no. 1 Tai Tzu-Ying in final again.

Olympic badminton champion Carolina Marín has doubled up on BWF World Tour Super 1000 success in Thailand after beating world number one Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final of the second Thailand Open on Sunday.

The pair had already duelled in last week’s tournament, with the more experienced Marin winning in a quick 21-18, 21-16 match.

The Olympic champion was commanding against World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying from the off, Marín needed 48 minutes to defeat her Chinese Taipei opponent 21–19, 21–17, setting herself up well for next week’s BWF World Tour Finals also to be held in Bangkok.

Despite, Chinese Taipei top seed Tai wasn’t revived by some stomach pain, which forced her to take a 2 minute time out in the opening game.

Without having lost her 3 previous final impressions, Olympic champion Marin was in no mood for mercy and ruthlessly dispatched her opponent to close out the opener.

Tai works hard to the managed rhythm in a more competitive second game, but a determined Marin finished the contest on her first of four match points.

It was the first time she has managed to score two consecutive straight-games victories over Tai since 2015 when she racked up three such wins in a row.

“I feel extremely happy. Two victories in two weeks, it’s an amazing way to start the year,” Marín told the BWF.

“I said to myself and my team that for 2021 I was going to be a new player, with a new mindset with more focus on the game. There are some big events coming up like the World Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, so it’s going to be an important year.

“Two victories in two weeks is really unbelievable.”

For Marin, it was an emotional first victory since the death of her father last year. After the game, she turned to the camera to say
‘Te quiero, papi’ or ‘I love you, daddy’.

The men’s final will see two Danes face off — fourth seed Viktor Axelsen and Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.

Solberg Vittinghus, ranked 42, made the tournament from a reserves list and had to cancel a flight home because he had not anticipated a finals berth.

The women’s doubles was an all Korean affair with sixth-ranked Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong too strong against fourth-ranked Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan 21-18, 21-19.

In the men’s doubles, seventh-ranked Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan also made it back-to-back titles in 36 minutes against Malaysia’s ninth-ranked Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik 21-13, 21-18.

In the mixed doubles, Thailand’s third seeds Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh will play sixth-ranked Koreans Seo Seung-ae and Chae Yujung.

Four people involved in the tournaments, including two players, have tested positive for the coronavirus during the past fortnight of competition.

The finale — the Badminton World Federation World Tour Finals — kicks off on Wednesday at the Impact Arena and will be contested by the top eight of each discipline.

Chinese and Japanese athletes have not participated in the Bangkok tournaments



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