Carolina Marin’s Unexpected Exit: Highlights from BWF Hong Kong Open 2023

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Third seeded Carolina Marin crashed out of the BWF Hong Kong Open 2023, losing 9-21, 18-21 to Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia on Friday (15 September).

The Indonesian shuttler dominated from the start and quickly took a 6-0 lead.

Marin was trailing throughout the first game, but she managed to reduce the lead to 8-4, before Tunjung took charge once again. The fifth seed extended the lead to 17-6 and eventually wrapped up the first game.

Marin fought back in the second game. The three-time world champion was leading at 11-9 and 16-15.

However, Tunjung kept a cool head to turn the game around and progress to the semi-finals, where she will face world number two Yamaguchi Akane of Japan.

The Japanese top seed Yamaguchi defeated Beiwen Zhang of the the United States 21-13, 21-15 in their quarter-final encounter.

Unseeded Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia, meanwhile, beat Han Yue of People’s Republic of China 12-21, 21-17, 21-18 to set up a semi-final against sixth seeded Zhang Yi Man, who defeated her Chinese compatriot Wang Zhi Yi 17-21, 17-21.

Elsewhere, in men’s singles Jonathan Christie of Indonesia advanced to the semi-finals, knocking out unseeded Lee Chia Hao of Chinese Taipei. He will next face Ng Tze Yong. The Malaysian shuttler eliminated Danish Magnus Johannesen 21-18, 21-12.

Japan’s Nishimoto Kenta progressed, after his opponent Rasmus Gemke of Denmark withdrew early in the second game.

Second seed Anthony Ginting awaits the Japanese shuttler in the semi-finals. The Indonesian Olympic bronze medallist ousted Su Li Yang from Chinese Taipei 21-12, 21-16.

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