Former three-time world champion Carolina Marin outlasts young teenage sensation in a three-game thrillerOctober 18, 2019 5:49
In a thrilling first quarterfinal of the day at DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR, Carolina Marin, managed to beat the 17-year-old, An Se Young, in a match that lasted over 75 minutes.
Carolina Marin is through to the semifinals after a victory in a close match against An Se Young. The more experienced Spaniard won a marathon match 18-21, 21-19, 21-18.
– I feel really happy about my victory. I knew it was going to be tough, because she is a very good opponent. She has a really good game with some good attacking shots, said Marin after the match.
The former world number one has been injured throughout the most of the year, but is starting to find her way up the rankings. In only her second tournament back she managed to win China Open and is already up to number 23 in the world.
It was a close opening game. Towards the end of the first game the former world number one made too many unforced errors, which allowed the young Korean to win the first game.
Earlier this year, Young beat the world number one Tai Tzu Ying. The 17-year-old wonderkid, who is already ranked number 19 in the world, continued her impressive run of form by beating the reigning world champion, Pusarla Sindhu, in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals.
– Young will be really good. She will do really well in the future if she keeps improving her game, said Marin about her opponent after knocking her out.
The young Korean had a very good defense and it took Marin a lot of quality shots to break her down. Young was quick on her feet throughout most of the match and never allowed the more experienced Spaniard to take charge of the game. Marin sealed a close second game by producing some impressive shots at important moments.
– It was important to play downwards and try to control the net, Marin explained after the match.
The third game contained a lot of quality moments and the advantage kept changing sides. Towards the ending of the match the young Korean suffered a minor injury and was forced to receive treatment. Young kept fighting, but had to capitulate to the intense pressure from Marin who is now through to the semifinals at DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR.
– I am a bit tired, but I know that I will recover for tomorrow’s semifinal, said Marin.
She will face the third seed Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinals.