Spain finished the World Badminton Women’s Team Championship in ninth place after beating Scotland (3-2) on the third day of the tournament’s group stage, thus signing the best result in the history of a women’s team that could not count on the presence of the injured Carolina Marín.
Spain had to overcome the match against the Scots after Clara Azurmendi gave up the first point to Kristy Gilmour. Bea Corrales evened the contest in her confrontation with Rachel Sugden before Lucia Rodríguez won her stake against Lauren Middleton, which put the Spanish ahead on the scoreboard before the doubles test.
However, it was Scotland that achieved victory in the duel in pairs in a match in which the Scottish couple Julie MacPherson-Clara Torrance he successfully prevailed over Bea Corrales and Clara Azurmendi.
With a tie at two on the global scoreboard, the duel between Spain and Scotland was decided in a very even pair match between Lucía Rodríguez-Ana Setién and Rachel Andrew-Eleanor O’Donell in which the Spanish duo managed to resist the final attacks of the Scots during the second set and certify the Spanish triumph, which meant the achievement of the best position in the history of the Spanish women’s team.
The Spanish team, led by Arturo Ruiz and Ernesto García, managed to surpass the thirteenth position, obtained in 2016. In this World Cup, the selection ended with a balance of two defeats (Thailand and India) and a victory against Scotland that allowed to achieve this historic result.
In a statement, the Spanish Badminton Federation congratulated the players and highlighted “the good feelings shown by our players, who continue to give continuity to the good feelings shown in the last months of competition and can do great things in the future. “