CHANGZHOU, Sept. 20, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Carolina Marin of Spain returns a shuttlecock to He Bingjiao of China during the women's singles quarterfinal match at China Open 2019 badminton tournament in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 20, 2. Image Source: IANS News

Changzhou : , Sep 21 (IANS) Reigning Olympic champion shuttler Carolina Marin on Saturday advanced to the final of the China Open after securing a hard-fought win over Japan's Sayaka Takahashi.

The Spaniard came from behind to a register a 20-22, 21-13, 21-18 win over Takahashi in a thrilling semifinal that lasted 72 minutes.

In the other semifinal, Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying defeated China's Chen Yufei 6-21, 21-13, 22-20 in 53 minutes to set up a summit clash with Marin, which will be played on Sunday.

Marin is returning to the court after eight months following a knee surgery in January. She could not participate in the World Championships in Switzerland last month as she failed to recover completely.

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