It was a brilliant day at the Impact Arena, Bangkok. An Se Young vs Carolina Marin was the first semi-final of the singles category at the Yonex Thailand Open 2021. What a magnificent game that was.
The fifth-seeded Spaniard Carolina Marin stormed off to a 7-3 lead. An Se Young, the teenage sensation, made a comeback and levelled the score at 10-10. However, Marin broke into the lead at the mid-game interval. Quite contrasting styles of play the two have. Carolina Marin is extremely aggressive and an attacking player. There is much pace in her game, she moves around well, explosively. An Se Young, the 18-year-old, on the other hand, was more defensive and brilliant at retrieving shots and returning them with interest. To compare, Young did not seem to have much muscle power in her smashes but very good placements. Both players had their share of errors, giving away points to their opponents.
In the first game, it was An Se who was winning most long rallies. Marin sealed the first game 21-18. In the second game, Marin increased the pace and made lesser errors and attacked more. That way she picked up a lot of points against the Korean. She took away the second game 21-16. An Se had a positive body language. Her celebratory screams after winning points showed that she was there to fight and win. Marin’s celebrations too showed how much every rally meant to her and implied the effort she was putting into them. Although it seems like a straight-set win to Marin, it was a very hard-fought game with gruelling, brutal rallies with the match lasting 51 minutes.
The world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei completely outclassed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark. It was Mia’s first-ever Super 1000 semi-final, and she was brimming with confidence getting into the game. She showed spectacular strokes with beautiful variations, sharp drops and precise smashes. The second set saw some really stiff resistance and comeback from Mia. She upped her game and coupled by too many errors from Tai at the change of ends, Mia took the lead. Tai saved three-game point opportunities from being down 17-20. She won the game 23-21. The Taipei legend saved five match opportunities to wrap the game in her favour.
It’s a Marin versus Tai Tzu game in the finals tomorrow. Fans, be ready for some power-packed action. Both players are strong contenders eyeing the title; Marin to win titles post her injury, and Tai to continue her spectacular form.