Marin: I kept fighting

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Carolina Marin has revealed that she had to work hard to defend her title at the World Badminton Championships on Sunday.

The Spaniard recovered from a rolled-ankle in the early rounds to defeat Saina Nehwal of India 21-16, 21-19 in the final in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"I didn't think I would be here when I was struggling with my injuries but my coaches said I should keep training and try to play at the world championships and just do the best I could in the tournament," the 22-year-old said after the match.

"I knew from the beginning it was going to be a very tough match because Saina is really good but I kept fighting until the end and am very happy with my performance today."

Unfortunately, during the winner’s ceremony, the wrong Spanish national anthem was played as the world number one stood on the podium looking embarrassed.

However, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) was quick to offer an apology.

"The Badminton World Federation and the local hosts for the BWF World Championships have apologised to Carolina Marin for playing the incorrect version of Spain's national anthem today," read a statement.

"The BWF and the hosts, Indonesia Badminton Association, sincerely regret this unfortunate mistake."

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