In 42 minutes, the Spaniards defeat the Turkish Yigit in the Madrid 2022 semifinals.
Carolina Marn, a Spanish badminton player, won her semifinal match against Turkish Neslihan Yigit (21-14, 21-13) at the European Championship in Madrid 2022, her fourth triumph in Gallur, putting the local favorite one step away from a sixth consecutive continental title.
After an 11-month layoff due to injury, the Huelva woman brought out the version she had already achieved in a tough encounter with the Danish Line Kjaersfeldt on Thursday, feeling the intense competition after an 11-month layoff. The five-time European champion avoided any more Yigit surprises and will face Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour or Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in the final.
Yigit did not give the game, much less the epic, to damage the Olympic champion from Rio de Janeiro after dismounting Line Christophersen of Denmark. Taking the initiative and establishing the gap early in the first set, Marn enforced his best law at the net and at long points (9-3). The Turkish rallied from an 11-6 deficit, but Huelva’s decision was conclusive.
Even though the strategy was going well, the Spaniard more than reciprocated the partial smile (15-8). Leaving behind her second significant knee injury, Marn displayed excellent physical condition in the long exchanges, winning the opening set despite a late rush by the Turkish (21-14).
The world’s number 30 still wanted to fight, prompting Marn to pull pints with high-quality strikes. With those tail strikes from Yigit, the point exchange that brought the second set was soon a monologue of the Spanish (12-8). The three-time world champion returned to put the direct, exploiting the Turkish’s blunders.
Marn held the last tension to close his triumph cleanly, despite having a 16-9 lead with his opponent in tow and practically frantic. Marn has had no competition in the Europeans since his first victory in 2014, despite numerous setbacks, the most recent of which being an injury in May 2021 that stopped him from competing in the Tokyo 2020 Games.