BWF World Championships '18: Marin Clinches Hat-Trick Worlds

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 07 Aug, 2018
Image Courtesy: PBL

Carolina Marin recorded hat-trick win at the BWF World Championships 2018 outclassing PV Sindhu in the summit clash in Nanjing on Sunday.


The knockout jolt this time was taken by Sindhu with 21-19, 21-10 for her second successive defeat in the World Championships final.


Deceptive shots, aggressive screams and a yell of jubilation is Carolina Marin, the Spaniard southpaw girl. She brought the aura of badminton in the country after her breathtaking win at the 2014 World Championships and known as the best to the world when she defeated the Indian star PV Sindhu at the Rio Olympics in 2016.


Today, a slice of history remains in the badminton books as she won her third World Championships title, and marks as the first woman to have won the record titles. Marin justified her billing by being the supreme player at the Worlds defeating the fighter Sindhu and had convinced that her mental strength is beyond and astonishing.


On Sunday, even when shuttle goes wide, that’s okay, nevermind as Marin kept searching for the pace to reach her opponent. Confidence, agility, and flexibility were well displayed by the Spaniard, which led her towards the podium for gold.


Sindhu enjoyed her lead till 14-9, in the opening game while Marin reduced the gap eyeing on the Indian’s backhand corners, and it’s one-way traffic from her.


The 23-year-old Sindhu, ranked 3, had started well containing Marin’s speed, moving well, keeping the Spaniard on a leash. She had been pushing Marin back, playing the high tosses and clears at a good length and counter-attacking to take that initial lead, breaking away at 9-8.


At 13-9, Sindhu excelled well with an amazing rally win containing defense and variations in returns. Levelling at 18-18, Marin changed the gear to focus on left-handed cross court drops and steep shots, besides gaining advantage from Sindhu’s unforced errors.  


Sindhu’s second game was completely downfall; since the trail of 0-5 and there was no recovery from there. Marin cruised relentlessly to the breather with 11-2 and the Indian managed to reach Marin’s stride rather than being herself. Between negotiating the dissonant notes, Sindhu’s own aggression couldn’t strike the right chords.


It was not like she had a tough time or not physically fit, but Marin had stamped her with power, agility and instant skills to her best, denying Sindhu throughout.

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