Teenage prodigy Ahn Se Young managed to win a tough match against the former world champion Carolina Marine Friday in the Badminton World Tour Finals – her first win over the Spaniard in Bangkok. The world’s best players have competed in the Thai capital for three consecutive tournaments in a biosecurity “bubble,” culminating in this week’s World Tour Finals. The young South Korean youth lost to Olympic champion Marin during their previous meetings, but on Friday he managed to achieve a victory on the last day of the quarter-final stage.
“I’m really happy because I shed so many tears here,” said the 18-year-old, who was named the Most Promising Player of 2019.
After scoring an early win in the first set, An returned after losing the second game by winning 21-16, 14-21, 21-19.
She attributed that to her ability to anticipate her more experienced opponent’s counters after losing to Marin in the past two weeks.
“There are a lot of things I learned from Marin and adapted to those things when I was playing the game,” she said.
Marin – who is chasing a treble after winning the past two tournaments – will go on to advance to the semi-finals.
“My performance was fine,” the Spaniard said, acknowledging that her mind was already on Saturday. “I played like training. I lost but I don’t care about the result.”
In the men’s singles, Hong Kong player Angus Ng Ka Long, ranked eighth in the world, scored a victory in his final stage of the first round against the Indian athlete. Kidambi Srikanth.
With his loss in the past two days, Ng won’t make it to the semi-finals, but the 26-year-old still plays as if his life depended on winning 12-21, 21-18, 21-19.
“It’s always exciting to win the World Tour Finals,” he said.
“Even though I won’t make it to the semi-finals, I still put pressure on myself.”
The top eight players in all disciplines of singles and doubles are competing in this week’s tournament, but China and Japan are absent due to coronavirus problems.
Despite strict biosecurity arrangements, four people inside the tournament “bubble” have tested positive for the virus, including two players who have been forced to withdraw.
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