In doing so, the third-seeded Korean became the only player to reach the title match at all three tournaments of the new HSBC BWF World Tour season.
“I’m happy I’m improving with each match,” said An. “I was tiring in the second game but my coach reminded me to play with confidence, that helped overcome the tiredness.”
The last shuttler across all five disciplines to start the opening three events of a year on a similar form was coincidentally another Korean – doubles legend Lee Yong Dae in 2009. Lee won a title each at the Malaysia, Korea and German Opens.
An ended the 2022 season on a disappointing note after two group stage defeats at the HSBC BWF BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok ruled her out of the knockout stage. An intensive training programme following that, in preparation for the upcoming campaign, seems to have put the world No.2 back on track.
While Marin leads the head-to-head 4-3, An has won their last two duels.
“This match is over, I will play the final with a happy heart,” said the 20-year-old, who won the competition in 2021.
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