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07 Mar, 2021
Marin produced a stunning display of power and precision hitting, as she swept
aside reigning world champion PV Sindhu to register her third tournament win of
the year. This was a much-anticipated finale to the first European circuit
tournament, but eventually proved to be a one-sided affair, as Carolina ran
riot with a 21-12 21-5 mauling of her challenger.
match began on an even kneel as both players tried to settle down into a rhythm.
At 6-6, the match settled into a nice back-and-forth exchange with neither
player willing to give the other a lot. Carolina made the first move, as she wrested
control of the match to head into the mid-game interval 11-8, Sindhu was very
much in the game and Carolina was just beginning to open up her range of shots.
interval, a four-point streak gave Carolina a firm footing in the game and she
was never going to get the foot off the pedal. With the first game wrapped up,
Carolina was beginning to assert herself even more and ran away to a 5-0 lead
in the second one. Sindhu barely got on board in the second game before
Carolina took 8-points on the bounce and effectively bolt the barn in her opponent’s
a commanding 14-3 lead in the second game, the endgame was in sights and she didn’t
waste a lot of time in putting the world champion out of her misery. Carolina prevailed
in 35 minutes, in a near chanceless game, one that promised a lot, but
delivered little in terms of excitement.
Danish star Viktor Axelsen also took his third title of the year home with a
comprehensive win over the 8th seeded Kunlavut Vitidsarn. The Dane
won 21-16 21-6 in 47 minutes to add to his titles in Bangkok earlier this year.
doubles action, French pair Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue took the honours with
a hard-fought win over Danish pair Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Bøje, 21-19
21-19, while veteran pair Kim Astrup/Anders Rasmussen defeated their German
challengers Mark Lamfuss/Marvin Seidel 21-16
upset of the day, however, would have to be Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva
losing the women’s doubles title clash against unseeded Malaysian pair Pearly