JAKARTA

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

World num­ber one Carolina Marin will un­dergo phys­io­ther­apy ahead of her quar­ter fi­nal ap­pear­ance at the world cham­pi­onships, af­ter rolling her an­kle on Thurs­day dur­ing her third-round win over Tai­wan s Pai Yu Po in Jakarta. The in­jury-prone Spa­niard fell to the ground in pain af­ter an awk­ward stum­ble in the first set, with sev­eral tense min­utes pass­ing be­fore she gingerly re­turned to the court.

Marin went on to de­feat the un­seeded Pai 21-11, 18-21, 21-17 but it was an un­set­tling ex­pe­ri­ence for the top seed, who nearly missed the world cham­pi­onships en­tirely due to a sep­a­rate in­jury. "I just tried to not think about my an­kle, be­cause I was so scared, be­cause maybe I could not play," she told re­porters af­ter the match. "I have a phys­io­ther­a­pist here, so he is go­ing to treat me now." It was a case of history re­peat­ing it­self for the de­fend­ing cham­pion, who sus­tained an in­jury to the same an­kle in last year s world cham­pi­onships in Copenhagen, which she went on to win.

Else­where, men s num­ber four seed Kento Mo­mota of Ja­pan breezed into the quar­ter fi­nals with a straight­for­ward 21-15, 21-16 win over Viet­nam s Nguyen Tien Minh. But the 20-yearold shut­tler s cam­paign for a maiden world crown is about to hit a ma­jor hur­dle, with a quar­ter fi­nal show­down against world num­ber one Chen Long al­most in­evitable.

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