BWF Yonex Thailand Open Finals: Tai Tzu Ying vs Carolina Marin
World number 1, Tai Tzu Ying sets up a fantastic final against the World number 6, Carolina Marin in the Thailand Open on 17th Jan, 2021.
Tai Tzu Ying vs Carolina Marin: Preview
Tai Tzu Ying defeated World number 18, Mia Blichfeldt 21-8 23-21 in her semifinal. While the first game went quite easy for the Taiwanese shuttler, Mia fought hard in the second game and almost threatened to take it to the decider. But, Tai battled her resistance to take it in straight games.
“In the second game, the speed of the shuttle was different down that end and I had to adapt to that, I would need to bring my A-game on Sunday against Marin in the final," said Tai Tzu Ying after her victory against Blichfeldt.
On the other hand, Carolina Marin trounced South Korean player, An Se Young, 21-18 21-16 in 51 minutes in the semis. “I did not feel any negative situation for myself, feel very happy with the sensations, and I think if I play like this, I am ready for tomorrow,” said Marin after her win against Young.
"I knew it would be very difficult, An is a very young player and has a great future ahead of her," opined Marin praising Young for her efforts.
Tai Tzu Ying vs Carolina Marin: Head to Head record
Tai Tzu Ying leads the head to head record 9-6 against Carolina Marin.
Carolina Marin has been in ominous form in this tournament having not dropped a single game yet. It will be the best possible way for the Spaniard to start this year with a title. All the crucial points have gone the Olympic gold medalist's ways and she has not shown any signs of nervousness.
Tai Tzu Ying with her powerful smashes from the backcourt and smart netplay have been troubling her opponents in this tournament. Like Marin, Ying has also not lost a game yet in Thailand. Her deceptive strokes have helped her to keep full control over the pace of the rallies.
The Spaniard, Carolina Marin, will depend on her strong backhand wing and clever placement to do the job. She will have to be wary of Tai's backhand cross net shots and the reverse slice drop shots.
The first game will be crucial for both the players to take the momentum.
Prediction - Tai Tzu Ying to win in three games
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