Tine Rasmussen is how the Dane is popularly known.
The world No. 9 recently dropped her famous last name to become Tine Baun after marrying her physio last year and is making a return from a heel bone injury that forced her to withdraw from the All-England championship in March this year.
In a freewheeling chat with the Hindustan Times, the 32-year-old talked about the injury that kept her from badminton for a long period, life after marriage, the Chinese dominance on the court and much more.
You are making a comeback through India Open. How are you feeling about it?
It feels great. I won my first round match against Aiying Xing of Singapore.
It was my first match in 10 weeks. The injury did not even allow me to defend my All -England championships this year. I was out of practice for past few weeks but now I feel perfectly fine.
You pulled out of the All-England through injury but still had to appear for the promotional event of the championship under the new rule laid down by the world body.
Yes, it was frustrating and disappointing because the other two Chinese players didn't show up at the event. I was severely injured and was in pain but I was forced to attend the event.
On the other hand, Wang Yihan and Pi Hongyan did not turn up at all. It is very upsetting and unfair to players. The rules have to be same for all.
How did you utilise your time while recovering from injury?
I was advised complete bed rest. This was the time I thought I could complete my studies and thus went on to complete my masters in Cosmology.
How do you rate your chances here?
Well, I have no clue. I have just recovered so I am not expecting anything from myself.
I am here to up my rankings. Whether this happens or not remains to be seen.
You got married to your physio recently.
Yes, it happened in May last year. Martin supported me through thick and thin. We had a short honeymoon due to my injury. But I guess we'll make up for it later.
Your future plans?
Well, I will hang my boots few months after the 2012 Olympics.