Marin advances to quarter-finals

Women’s singles top seed Carolina Marin cruised into the semi-finals of the Badminton World Championships on Friday with a straight-games victory over seventh seed Wang Shixian.

The victory is Marin’s first in straight games in Jakarta, after a first round bye, a 19-21, 21-14, 21-13 win over Jing Yi Tee and a 19-21, 21-14, 21-13 victory against Pai Yu Po.

Marin’s comprehensive triumph against the seventh seed also came in the wake of an injury scare in her match against Pai.

The Spaniard rolled her ankle in the fixture, spent several minutes on the floor of the court before returning and had to receive physiotherapy after the match.

However, the injury did not appear to hamper her at all in Friday’s quarter-final as she strolled to a 21-17, 21-19 victory in 66 minutes.

Marin will face either South Korean eighth seed Sung Ji Hyun or Indian 11th seed PV Sindu in the semi-finals. The pair will face off for a place in the semis on Friday.

The other semi-final will also be decided on Friday when Indian second seed Sania Nehwal faces Chinese sixth seed Wang Yihan, while Taipei’s fourth seeded Tai Tzu Ying lines up against unseeded Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri.