The five-time champion defeated Maria Ulitina in 23 minutes
Marín is left ‘alone’ with the elimination of Beatriz Corrales, Luis Enrique Peñalver and Piris-Monroy
MADRID, 27 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Spanish badminton player Carolina Marín beat the Ukrainian Maria Ulitina with authority (21-7, 21-8) this Wednesday in her second victory at the European Championship in Madrid, looking for the level she will need already in the quarterfinals on Thursday against the Danish Line Kjaersfeldt.
The current five-time European champion took off the nerves of the debut on Tuesday and today was a cyclone that did not give her rival a chance. Ulitina barely stood up to the impact of the favorite, a Marín who in 23 minutes sealed her place in the quarterfinals, savoring her return to competition 11 months after her knee injury.
“After spending a year without competing, yesterday you find yourself with the nerves of the first game and playing at home. Today, a new day, a different game, happy with how I felt on the court, I have to be ready for tomorrow, much more complicated than the two so far,” said Marín in statements provided by the Spanish Badminton Federation.
The Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro already thinks of a Kjaersfeldt to whom she has taken the measure, always a winner on her way to European gold. The Danish surpassed the Spanish Beatriz Corrales with a double 21-12 in 32 minutes. “A pity not having been able to have a Spanish quarterfinal. Now to rest, to continue enjoying this tournament,” added the Huelva.
The three-time world champion goes game by game in Madrid, where Gallur is devoted to her, and does not think about the option of achieving her sixth European in a row. “We go day by day, the sixth title will come if everything goes well. There is still a long way to go, we are going little by little,” said Marín, who this Wednesday remained the only Spanish representative in the capital.
And it is that, in addition to the elimination of Corrales, the day left the hard-fought defeats of Luis Enrique Peñalver against the Danish Anders Antonsen, current European champion, by 21-13, 21-15, and the male couple Carlos Piris and Joan Monroy, surpassed by other favorites in the tournament such as the French brothers Christo and Toma Junio Popov, 21-10, 22-20.