Spain’s Carolina Marin took part in the first round of badminton at the Thailand Open on Tuesday as she started her season quickly, six months before her Olympic title defense. The former world number one fell short at 37th Qi Xuefei, who won the opener in just 15 minutes before sealing it 21-10, 21-12. The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive restart tournaments in Bangkok as badminton resumes after a 2020 ravaged by the coronavirus. “I’m really happy to be back on court after a few months without tournaments. I really missed it a lot,” said Marin.
“I wanted to find this feeling of competition, this adrenaline. I came with determination to win but also to stay focused on my game plan.
“Winning here is what I want. I would like to win a title here.”
It was the 27-year-old’s first international outing since his loss in the Danish Open final in October.
Thailand’s top prospect, former world number one Ratchanok Intanon reached the second round after polishing Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min, ranked 26 in straight sets; 21-15, 21-15.
In men’s singles, third-seed Anders Antonsen made a surprise outing in the first round against Malaysian Liew Daren, 41st: 21-12, 21-18.
“Before this tournament, I didn’t even know I was going to play because I was on the reserve roster, so doing it at the last minute and also winning my first round against the third seed, it got me. really surprised, ”Liew said. adding in the run-up to its training had been interrupted by a coronavirus lockdown.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk placed 39th, forcing Taiwanese shuttle world number two Chou Tien-chen to qualify in three sets.
The local came out shooting in the opener 16-21 but quickly lost momentum going down 21-10, 21-14.
Meanwhile, the World Badminton Federation said it is working with Thai health officials to make sure coronavirus tests are comfortable after Indian player Kidambi Srikanth developed a nosebleed during a blood sample. ‘samples.
On day one, Egyptian mixed doubles player Adham Hatem Elgamal tested positive for the virus and withdrew from the tournament.
Indian star Saina Nehwal was among three other players who tested positive but were allowed to play because their infections were historic, according to the federation.
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