In the process, she becomes the first Korean women’s singles player to win a season-ending championship, proving she is a rising powerhouse after claiming three back-to-back titles.
“I don’t think like that,” giggled An, when asked how she feels about being the person every player wants to beat.
“When I play badminton, I’m always happy.”
Taking 39 minutes, the young Korean was deadly around the court, attacking the two-time Olympic medallist with winners at every opportunity.
“I was listening to my coach who was telling me to attack my opponent on court. I felt like I attacked the match with my style today,” she said.
An remained cool, calm and collected in closing out the deal, something she has been working on. “People tell me I’m mature, but I know I’m young. When I play, it’s a learning process,” she added.
Bali has been rather brilliant for An. While Chen Yu Fei, Tai Tu Ying, Carolina Marin and Nozomi Okuhara have been absent, she has quickly established herself as the favourite for the World Championships.
“It’s been a tiring three weeks for me. I’m super glad to come away with three titles and I’m very happy about it. I’m really excited about the World Championships and I’m hoping to play without any injuries.”
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