Spain’s Olympic champion Carolina Marin underwent surgery in Madrid, two days after rupturing her knee ligament during the summit clash of Indonesia Masters against India’s Saina Nehwal. The world number four was forced to withdraw from the contest and is expected to remain sidelined for at least six months.
Ahead of the surgery, the Rio Olympics gold medalist vowed to come back stronger. Marin in her tweet stated, “Play prepare for the hardest battle, but I have no doubt that I will come back stronger Time to be ready for the hardest battle, but I have no doubts that I’ll be back stronger.” Earlier, Nehwal had tweeted and wished Marin luck in her recovery process. “Not the way I wanted it in the finals of #indonesiamasterssuper500 … injuries are worst for players and it was very unfortunate to see @CarolinaMarin the best player in women’s badminton to face it today in the match .. I wish u a very speedy recovery 🙏 come back soon 👍”
Toca prepararse para la batalla más difícil, pero no tengo dudas de que volveré más fuerte ??
— Carolina Marín (@CarolinaMarin) 28 January 2019
Not the way I wanted it in the finals of #indonesiamasterssuper500 … injuries are worst for players and it was very unfortunate to see @CarolinaMarin the best player in women’s badminton to face it today in the match .. I wish u a very speedy recovery 🙏 come back soon 👍 pic.twitter.com/yMsQWetmkk
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 27 January 2019
Following the surgery, she tweeted a photo of herself on the hospital bed and with a jubilant hand high – typical of the shuttler celebrating points won.
— Carolina Marín (@CarolinaMarin) 29 January 2019
The Spanish shuttler was leading 9-2 against Nehwal in the opening game of the Indonesia Masters final, when she injured her knee on landing after a routine overhead shot. After a brief delay, she tried to continue and also won a point. However, she failed to endure the pain and was forced to retire with the score at 10-4.
Expressing sympathy after being declared as the winner, Saina during the on-court interview said, “Not good at all. She is very tough competitor for all the players. She started off very well. It was, I think, unfortunate to see her retiring hurt with the injury.”
Earlier this month, the current world number four while speaking with ESPN revealed that she is a bigger star in India. “I think I’m a bigger star in India than in Spain. Definitely, without a doubt. And I just love this country,” Marin said.
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