Marin on the Mend and Eyes Return

Saturday, June 22, 2019
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If you hadn’t noticed, reigning world and Olympic champion Carolina Marin has been making quite the progress.

Since injuring her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on 29 January in the final of the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2019, Marin has publicly documented her rehab and return to training.

The initial verdict was that she may be out for up to nine months, but if recent reports are anything to go by, she may be a chance of making the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland.

That would be incredible.

She is still currently inside the top 10 in the world rankings, and while her protected ranking can’t guarantee her a place in the World Championships, she should still be high enough to earn an entry.

“I’m really happy with how the recovery is going. My knee is responding really well and everything is within the target dates we set,” she told Spanish newspaper El Pais earlier this month.

In March, she had indicated that if she could make it, she wouldn’t be going to make up the numbers. Now, it’s still about ticking off those major milestones.

“In a month we should regain the muscle mass I had on my leg, or even more. I’m feeling eager and motivated,” she said publicly in early June.

“There are still three months to go. We haven’t talked about it [the World Championships]. When it gets closer to the date we’ll decide.

“We won’t know until 15 days before as to whether I can play depending on how my knee feels,” she added yesterday.

One crucial milestone in her comeback was a return to hitting shuttlecocks – 130 days after her right knee buckled during a rally against Saina Nehwal in the Indonesia Masters final.

Her post on social media on 8 June was a sight for saw eyes.

So, what’s been Marin’s recipe for the ultimate recovery?

Hunger, discipline, determination and an amazing team behind her.

“I dedicate 10 hours a day to rehabilitation between the physical and technical, with morning and afternoon physiotherapy sessions, and swimming pool work,” she told El Pais.

“I [also] have one psychologist for sport and another for my personal life.

“I think it’s necessary to have that mental help, particularly in such a competitive one-on-one sport.

“People think that a psychologist is for crazy people but that’s not true. It’s just a person who can help you in your day-to-day life.”

Could the fairytale comeback be possible in Basel?

We look forward to seeing Marin back on the court in the not too distant future.

If she does make it back in time, she will be gunning for her fourth world title in Basel.

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