In Indonesia, in the Istora Senayan of Jakarta, Carolina Marín was looking for a prize for his constancy, tenacity and claw. The ones he has put during the last year to recover from the cruciate ligament rupture. In Istora, just at the end of January 2019, he had to leave the final against the Indian Saina Nehwal who dominated 10-3. In a lateral movement, the knee gave way. She threw herself on the floor, scared, asking for the help of Anders Thomson, her second coach. She got up alone, tried to prove herself and after winning one more point, she informed the referee that she could not continue. He threw himself back on the floor and burst into tears. “I can not, I can not”. At home, Fernando Rivas, his coach, immediately realized that the injury was serious and gathered the rest of the team to draw up the recovery plan. The tests confirmed that Marin had broken the crusader. He went through the operating room and the following week he was training lame leg in the CAR.
The Indonesian Masters date was marked in red since then. “I have fulfilled half of the objective, now the other half remains. It will be a difficult final and a rival, ”said the current Olympic champion yesterday after winning the semifinal. This Sunday he lost to Thai Ratchanok Intanon (world champion like Marin) by 21-19, 11-21 and 21-18. Almost always in tow, except in the second set he dominated, Marin saved two set points in the first and another match in the third. “You have to be a whirlwind now,” Rivas, his coach, told him at the break between the second and third sets. The Huelva tried, who never left the game despite having a disadvantage of up to five points. But the Thai prevailed, who made fewer mistakes and asserted her ability near the net and on the feints.
Depth the coach asked Carolina Marín. He insisted again and again in the game that had more variety in attack, that did not always insist on it because it did not enter. In what takes Asian tour after the concentration of two weeks in height in Sierra Nevada, the Huelva reached the semifinals in Malaysia and fell in the final in Indonesia. The next goals, before All England in March, will be Barcelona and Germany.
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