Madrid, May 8 (IANS) Spain’s Carolina Marin, Rio Olympic gold medallist and two-time world badminton champion, has said that she wants to reach more milestones as a player.
“I want to be the best women’s badminton player in history,” Marin said in an interview with Efe on Monday.
The 23-year-old Marin will have to win two more world titles and another Olympic gold to rewrite the record books.
Marin has been on a roll recently, making three straight finals in Superseries tournaments in Asia and winning her third European title.
“Mentally, I needed to find myself again. I went through a bad streak after the Olympic Games. I had an injury and it took a lot to get over it,” Marin said.
The Spanish badminton superstar said she felt she was now the player to beat at tournaments following her rise to the top of the sport. “The hard thing now is staying there,” Marin said, adding that she still had “many dreams to achieve”.
Marin is now aiming for titles in Indonesia and Australia as a springboard to another World championship in late August in Scotland.
The Spanish world No.2 said her goal had always been to break Asia’s dominance over the sport.
“We’ve shown that we’re different by taking a different path. If we had followed the path blazed by the Asians, we would always have been behind because they’re the best,” Marin said.
When asked what gives her an edge over her opponents, Marin said it was “the head”. “With regard to my rivals, it’s a strong point,” Marin said.