The long-awaited return of three-time shuttle champion Caroline Marin to competition has been further delayed as she withdrew from the competition. World Championship after failing to regain fitness after knee injury.
The winner of the gold medal at the Rio Olympics this year withdrew from the All-England Championship after an injury during the Swiss Open.
The 28-year-old has announced her plans to return to the domestic World Cup starting in Huelva, Spain.
“I had a very good start to the season, I won four tournaments out of five. I wanted to be very confident, strong and in really good physical and mental condition until just one bad movement completely broke my knee – said Marin in a video posted on his twitter.
“It was very difficult for me to maintain myself mentally, my priorities have always been health and well-being. So my team and I decided not to play in the Huelva World Cup. “
Marin, who is considered one of the most dominant players in international badminton, said she could return in February next year, but would not like to set a return date.
“We have also made the decision that we will not have an official date to return to the competitions until we are 100 sure that my knee has fully recovered.
“So we will slowly assess the progress of the knee and the sensation. I have it every day, so we believe I could officially play again in February and March. “
Marin, who missed the Tokyo Olympics, suffered a knee injury in the January 2019 final of the Indonesia Masters and missed the World Cup that year even when India’s PV Sindhu won her first title.
The Spaniard returned to the Vietnam Open in September 2019 and continued to win the China Open, the Syed Modi tournament and 2nd place at the French Open that year.
After the second best finish at the Indonesia Masters, Spain Masters and Denmark Open 2020, Marin returned to win consecutive titles in Thailand and the final goal in the final of the World Tour at the end of the season in Bangkok.
She also won the Swiss Open, beating Sindhu in the final, in addition to winning the European Championships in April.
Marin’s resignation means the list of top players who withdrew from the tournament has just grown longer as two-time gold medalist, male shuttleman Kento Momota of Japan, also retired after a back injury in the final of the World Tour in Bali, Indonesia.
Nozomi Okuhara, the gold medalist at the 2017 World Championships, also withdrew in the women’s singles, while the Indonesian contingent also decided to skip the event due to concerns about the new variant of COVID-19, which is spreading in European countries.