Carolina Marin
Carolina Marin of Spain celebrates after winning the women's singles final match against Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan at the China Open 2019 Badminton Championships in Changzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 22, 2019. Image Credit: AFP

Shanghai: Triple world champion Carolina Marin retained her China Open title on Sunday, eight months after suffering a career-threatening injury.

The Spaniard recovered from a game down to defeat Taiwan’s second-seeded Tai Tzu-ying 14-21, 21-17, 21-18 in Changzhou.

A tearful Marin collapsed to the court floor and buried her head in her hands after powering to victory in 65 minutes.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the 26-year-old, who injured her anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in January.

“I couldn’t imagine during my rehabilitation that I could win in my second tournament back.

“But I did and I feel so happy with myself,” added the reigning Olympic champion.

Japan’s world champion Kento Momota cemented his place as the top men’s player with a 19-21, 21-17, 21-19 win over Indonesia’s seventh seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in their final.