Carolina Marin makes successful return to action at European Championships 

The Danish badminton star has successfully started his campaign at the continental championships in Madrid as Spain's Carolina Marin makes her long-awaited return to the sport after a 11-month injury hiatus.

By olympics.com
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Carolina Marin is back to her winning ways.

After being out for eleven months with a torn ACL, the 2016 Olympic badminton champion made her long-awaited return to competitive action action on Tuesday evening (26 April) at the European Championships in Madrid.

The defending champion, who won the title last year in Kyiv, missed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to her second serious knee injury in two years. "My knee is more than ready," Marin posted on Instagram ahead of her opening match against Katerina Tomalova.(Czech Republic).

The three-time world champion needed only 30 minutes for her 21-10, 21-6 victory, and she will now face Maria Ulitina (Ukraine) in round three.

Marin had injured herself during a training session on 28 May 2021 and had surgery a few days later on 4 June.

Olympic badminton champion Viktor Axelsen also has his sights set on the next big title.

The Danish superstar is hoping to add a third European title to his stellar CV at the continental championships in Madrid, Spain. The number one seed opened his campaign on Tuesday by beating France's Alex Lanier 21-12, 21-11 in only 32 minutes. Next up for the gold medal favourite in round three is Germany's Max Weisskirchen.

Defending champion Anders Antonsen (Denmark) had to work harder than expected to oust Kai Schaefer (Germany) 21-17, 18-21, 21-13 in his opening match.

French ace Toma Junior Popov advanced to the third round as well after defeating Bernardo Atilano (Portugal) 21-16,21-11.

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Marin is going for her her sixth European title in the Spanish capital, and if her first match was any indication of things to come, her fans are in for a treat.

The Spaniard, clearly enjoying her time on court in front of an excited home crowd, was in complete control from the beginning and never looked back.

In other action, Scotland's Kirsty Gilmore is also through to round three after beating Gayle Mahulette (Netherlands) 21-16,21-11.

Scotland's Kirsty Gilmore is also through to round three after after beating Gayle Mahulette (Netherlands) 21-16,21-11.

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