JAKARTA – Carolina Marin defeated He Bing Jiao in the semifinal of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta in two sets 11-21, 19-21 on Saturday to claim a spot in the final.
“As always, we will give it our all, we will fight until the end,” Marin told reporters and fans upon paving her way to the final.
The player added that she had reached “half of her goal,” the other half being to clinch a victory in the final on Sunday.
The win against the Chinese player took 50 minutes and was Marin’s most contested match of the competition.
The Spaniard’s success at crucial points of the match proved key to her victory.
Bing Jiao proved from the outset that the semifinal was going to be more complicated than Marin’s previous matches, in which she had not dropped a single set until now.
The match remained evenly poised in the first set until the score reached 7-7 with both players taking risks and being offensive but the errors of the Chinese, who netted several shots, helped Marin pull ahead.
In the second set, Bing Jiao started better and went on to lead 5-2, at which point the audience of Jakarta’s Istora Senayan sports complex brought Marin back into the game as it has done throughout the tournament.
The Spaniard responded with a high level of play to gradually level the match.
During the most tense moments of the match, when the score was 17-17 and then 19-19, the Spanish athlete did not fold or make mistakes proving why she is one of the best players on the circuit.
This was the Spaniard’s sixth win against the Bing Jiao, who has defeated her on one occasion.
The Spanish player will face the winner of the match between China’s Wang Zhi Yi and the Thai Ratchanok Intanon, world No. 19 and 5 respectively, in the final on Sunday.