Is Carolina Marin fast closing in on her career best form?
That is the question on the lips of many badminton fans, especially across Europe, after the Spanish number one went on a late summer title winning spree on the World Tour.
Trophy lifts at the YONEX Japan Open, the China Open and, significantly, for a historic third time at the World Championships in Nanjing, saw the Olympic champion go unbeaten in 15 matches across the summer.
It all leads to a World Tour 85% win rate in 2018.
This hot streak of sorts will conjure up memories of her dominant reign in 2015 when, as a ruthless 22 year old with nothing to fear, Marin won a super six titles including the YONEX All England on the then Superseries circuit.
The World Championship gold then followed.
Take Olympic Gold in Rio out of the mix though and her form and fitness led to concerns. Some in the game fleeting queried motivation: Three finals but no title followed in 20 months.
It was certainly not what Caroilina had envisaged when she talked up ‘Marin 2.0’ - a new and improved version.
Ironically, following her recent successes on the Asian leg of the World Tour, the gamechanger came in Tokyo when a Japan Open title ended a dry run without silverware.
Now in 2018, and with the Tokyo title retained, Marin looks every inch the world beater once again.
A quarter final finish in Birmingham last March – after pre event mention of ‘being very close to her best’ showed glimpses but it has been the big wins over Intanon, Nehwal, Sindhu, Yufei and Okuhara in recent weeks that add credence to the talk of her becoming ‘the best ever’.
Even Marin quietly admits that the ‘best ever’ status is on her radar.
With important World Tour events coming up in Europe and then back in Asia before the end of the year, there is still plenty of opportunity for the colours of Spain to fly high again before another tilt at the YONEX All England crown comes around again.