SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin said on Wednesday she expected to arrive in excellent shape for this month’s World Badminton Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, where she will attempt to win an unprecedented third gold medal in women’s singles.
Marin has been training since Monday in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian, a site chosen because its climate is similar to that of Glasgow.
The Spanish shuttler said she had stepped up the intensity of her training sessions ahead of the biggest event on the 2017 badminton calendar and was ironing out some issues that had cost her matches earlier in this season.
Marin, a former world No. 1, has seen her ranking drop to No. 4 this year and has only one title to her credit – April’s European Badminton Championships, a tournament in which none of her main Asian rivals participated.
Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying took over the No. 1 ranking late last year and is still in the top spot, having defeated Marin in two finals of Super Series events this year in Malaysia and Singapore.
Tai will not be in Glasgow because she has chosen instead to compete at the World University Games in Taipei, but the Spaniard said she had plenty of other rivals to worry about at the World Championships, which will be held from Aug. 21-27 at Emirates Arena.
One of those players will be Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who won the 2013 World Championships but has struggled this season and is currently ranked No. 9.
“All of us in the top 10 have the same level, and anyone of those 10 best can win it,” Marin said, adding that she believes she will have an excellent chance of coming out on top if she arrives in top condition.
The Spaniard has struggled at times at lesser events but has been unbeatable in recent years on the biggest stages, having won gold at the 2014 World Championships in Copenhagen, the 2015 World Championships in Jakarta and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
She will now look to make history and become the first women’s singles player to win three World Championship titles.
Four Chinese female singles players have won a pair of World titles: Li Lingwei (1983 and 1989), Han Aiping (1985 and 1987), Ye Zhaoying (1995 and 1997) and Xie Xingfang (2005 and 2006).