Spain’s Marin claims Japan Open badminton title

Madrid: Spain’s Carolina Marin, Olympic champion and three-time badminton world champion, won the Japan Open women’s singles title on Sunday with a victory over Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 17-21, 21-11.

Marin, 25, played an exciting match lasting one hour and 15 minutes, in which Okuhara pushed back to win the second game only to see Marin regain control in the tie-break, reports Efe news.

The Spaniard returned to the court at the Japan Open one month after being crowned world champion for the third time in her career.

The Japan Open men’s title was claimed by Japanese reigning world champion Kento Momota, who defeated Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab 21-14, 21-11 in a one-sided final.