Span's sensational female shuttler Carolina Marin, who recently captured an unprecedented third world title in the women's singles category, revealed during a tribute event in her hometown that she does not consider herself the greatest of all time. She added that after she hangs up her boots, she may judge her own credentials but as of now, she is engrossed in winning more titles.
She acknowledged, however, that being the greatest player ever is one of her goals and she doesn't shy away from adding more time and effort to achieve more major titles.
Marin stood on the balcony of Huelva's city hall during Friday's event. Meanwhile, hundreds of people below chanted her name and her expression said it all that she was moved by the overwhelming support.
"I only have words of gratitude for all the tributes and nice words and messages I've received," said Marin, who was accompanied by her parents and relatives. "It's wonderful to feel all this affection."
Marin said she was currently back at a high point in her career after winning the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China, in August and back-to-back events last month in Tokyo and Changzhou, China. But the Spaniard, currently the world's fifth-ranked player, acknowledged that she endured a rough patch after the Rio Olympics that saw her relinquish the No. 1 spot.
Marin said she had found her game "just in time" to win her third world title and that it "has been very important to overcome the many fears I had."