Sixth seed Marin advanced to the VICTOR Denmark Open 2023 quarterfinals, conquering Sung Shuo Yun in an intense Round of 16 clash that concluded 22-20 22-20 after 57 minutes of action. This marked the Spaniard’s first complete match in Odense following Gao Fang Jie‘s unfortunate retirement in the first round with the score at 11-8 in Marin’s favour. Tai defeated Busanan Ongbamrungphan 22-20 21-12.
Anticipating the showdown, which the fourth-seeded Tai leads 11-10, Marin, at 30 a year older than Tai, said: “We’ve faced each other many times, and it’s going to be a tough but also a thrilling battle to watch and play. I’m looking forward to giving my best on court.
“I didn’t play really well (against Sung) but it was important to fight until the end. This is what I need to keep doing but of course I’d like to have a better feeling.”
The very first encounter between Marin and Tai unfolded at the 2014 World Championships, where the former emerged victorious 19-21 21-19 21-11 in the quarterfinals. This year, the duo clashed three times and although Marin won two of those, Tai took the most recent one in the China Open quarterfinals last month.
Asked if she remembered their significant 2014 battle, Marin chuckled: “I have no idea when our first time was.
“But we’ve played many exciting matches, the last one a month ago where I lost in three. It was a good fight and I hope we can both show a great performance again.”
Tai expects a grand contest.
“Even though she had a serious injury and has been slowly coming back, her game is still really complete and she moves very fast on court,” said the world No.4.
*Reporting in collaboration with Badminton Europe
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