Carolina María Marín Martín (born 15 June 1993) is a Spanish professional badminton player. She is the reigning Olympic Champion, three-time World Champion, four-time European Champion, and the former World's No. 1 in BWF rankings for the women's singles discipline, holding the World No. 1 title for a record number of 66 weeks. Widely regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in the badminton circuit, she holds the distinction of having won a medal in almost every BWF tournament, along with the consecutive golds at the Olympics, the World Championships and the European Championships. She has become the World Champions in the women's singles three times, winning in 2014, 2015 and 2018, thereby becoming the first ever female badminton athlete to have achieved this feat. She has also consecutively won the European Championships title for 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She won the Olympics gold medal in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Carolina Marin in 2014
|Birth name||Carolina María Marín Martín|
|Born||15 June 1993|
Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Years active||Since 2009|
|Career record||381 wins, 112 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (11 June 2015)|
|Current ranking||6 (17 March 2020)|
Carolina Marín in her earlier childhood was a keen Flamenco dancer. It was when she came to know about badminton upon seeing her friend playing the sport, who introduced her to the game, that she developed an interest and began to fall in love with this sport, and ever since then, decided to stop dancing and play badminton wholeheartedly. At the age of eight, she started playing badminton at the IES La Orden in Huelva. She says she had to leave her hometown and her family at a very young age to travel all the way to Madrid for training at National Centre.
2009–2011: First international title and European Junior ChampionsEdit
In 2009, she became the first Spanish badminton player to win a silver medal first, at the European Junior Championships, and also at the same year, won the gold medal at the European U-17 Junior Championships. She won her first major title at the Irish International tournament coming throughugh the qualification stage and beating the Dutch player Rachel Van Cutsen in the final with the rubber game.
In 2011, she alongside her teammate, Beatriz Corrales, made history for the Spanish badminton, after making all-Spanish final at the continental European Junior Championships held in Vantaa, Finland, and Marín grabbed the gold medal. She also competed at the World Junior Championships in Taipei, reaching the semi-finals, but lost to Elisabeth Purwaningtyas of Indonesia and settled for the bronze medal.
2013–2014: First Grand Prix title, European and World ChampionsEdit
In 2013, she became the first Spanish badminton player to win a Grand Prix Gold title after winning the London Grand Prix Gold. In August, Marín played for the Bangalore-based team Banga Beats in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL).
On 31 August 2014, she defeated Li Xuerui of China in the World Championships women's singles final and became the first Spaniard to win a World Championship title and the third European female player to achieve the gold medal, after Lene Køppen (1977) and Camilla Martin (1999). At the age of 21, she became the youngest European that won the World Championships ever.
2015: Five Superseries title, second World Championships and World #1Edit
In 2015, she won the All England Open, her first Superseries Premier title in her first Superseries Premier final after defeating Saina Nehwal in the final with score 16–21, 21–14, 21–7. The title propelled her to rank number 4 in the world ranking and, for the first time, no. 1 in the Superseries standing. At India Open, she had the chance to unseat Li Xuerui as the new world no. 1, however, she narrowly lost to Thai prodigy Ratchanok Intanon in a close three games at the semi-finals stage. She rose to a career-high as world no. 2 in the world ranking on 2 April.
On 5 April, Marín won her second straight Superseries Premier title, beating Olympic champion Li Xuerui for the second consecutive time at the 2015 Malaysia Open with a score of 19–21, 21–19, 21–17. In August, she defended her title at the World Championship by beating Saina Nehwal of India in 21–16, 21–19. 2015 was the golden year for Marín, where in addition to defending the World Championships title, she also won other Superseries titles such as the Australian Open, French Open, and Hong Kong Open.
2016: Olympics goldEdit
In August, she represented her country at the Rio Olympics. She arrived at Rio as the number one seed and won a gold medal by beating India's P. V. Sindhu in the women's singles final with a score of 19–21, 21–12, 21–15. She made history by becoming the first non-Asian to win the Olympic badminton women's singles gold medal. An indoor arena in Huelva is named after her honour, with Marín herself attending the inauguration.
2017–2018: Fourth European and Third World Championships titleEdit
In 2017, Marín won the Japan Open Superseries title after beating He Bingjiao of China in the final, winning a Superseries title after almost two years. At the Hong Kong Open, which took place late November, Marín retired to Michelle Li, losing 21–19, 13–21, 8–11, due to a hip injury that she sustained during the match. Marín later announced on Twitter and Instagram that, due to her hip injury, she would not be participating in the season-ending Dubai World Superseries Finals.
On 29 April 2018, she won her fourth consecutive European Championships title in her home soil Huelva, Spain, by beating Evgeniya Kosetskaya with a score of 21–15, 21–7 in the final. On 5 August, she won the title in the World Championships by defeating P. V. Sindhu of India in straight games 21–19, 21–10, making her the first female player in history to win three World Championships title.
2019–2020: ACL Injury and Marin's sensational comebackEdit
Marín began her 2019 season with a runner-up effort at the Malaysia Masters, where she lost to Ratchanok Intanon in straight games. On 27 January, Marín suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury during the Indonesia Masters final against Saina Nehwal, when she was 10–3 ahead in the first games. Marín subsequently retired from the match and underwent the ACL reconstruction surgery as soon as she was flown back to Madrid the same day. She had a recovery for four months, dedicate 10 hours a day to rehabilitation between the physical and technical, with morning and afternoon physiotherapy sessions, and swimming pool work.
In September, after eight-month break forced by the injury, Marín returned to competition at the 2019 Vietnam Open, but suffered an opening round defeat to Supanida Katethong. However, she was able to bounce back and, on 22 September, she won the China Open, defeating Tai Tzu-ying in the finals with a score of 14–21, 21–17, 21–18. This was Marín's first title of the season, which she followed with the semi-finals at the Denmark Open, where she was defeated in three tight games by Nozomi Okuhara. She reached the final of French Open next week, where she was defeated by Korean youngster An Se-young in three games 21–16, 18–21, 5–21. Her achievements in the last three tournaments succeeded in bringing her back into the world top 10 of BWF women's singles ranking. She further won Syed Modi and Italian International tournaments later in the year.
Marín started the 2020 season at the Southeast Asian tour in a positive note; reaching the semi-finals of Malaysia Masters where she lost to Chen Yufei. She then reached the final of Indonesia Masters in successive week, where she narrowly missed the title after getting defeated from Ratchanok Intanon in three games 19–21, 21–11, 18–21. She continued her good form and thereafter reached the semi-finals of Thailand Masters, which she lost to top seed Akane Yamaguchi in a close rubber games. In February, she reached the final of her home event Barcelona Spain Masters, where she lost in an upset to rising Thai star Pornpawee Chochuwong in the rubber games 21–11, 16–21, 18–21. In March, she competed as eight seed in the All England Open, but stopped by the eventual champion Tai Tzu-ying in the semi-finals. Marín reached the final of Denmark Open in 2020 for the very first time, but was defeated by Okuhara in straight games.
|2016||Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||P. V. Sindhu||19–21, 21–12, 21–15||Gold|
|2014||Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark||Li Xuerui||17–21, 21–17, 21–18||Gold|
|2015||Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia||Saina Nehwal||21–16, 21–19||Gold|
|2018||Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park, Nanjing, China||P. V. Sindhu||21–19, 21–10||Gold|
|2014||Gymnastics Center, Kazan, Russia||Anna Thea Madsen||21–9, 14–21, 21–8||Gold|
|2016||Vendespace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France||Kirsty Gilmour||21–12, 21–18||Gold|
|2017||Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark||Kirsty Gilmour||21–14, 21–12||Gold|
|2018||Palacio de Deportes de Huelva, Huelva, Spain||Evgeniya Kosetskaya||21–15, 21–7||Gold|
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2011||Taoyuan Arena, Taipei, Taiwan||Elyzabeth Purwaningtyas||21–23, 21–17, 18–21||Bronze|
European Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2009||Federal Technical Centre - Palabadminton, Milan, Italy||Anne Hald Jensen||21–18, 18–21, 19–21||Silver|
|2011||Vantaan Energia Arena, Vantaa, Finland||Beatriz Corrales||21–14, 23–21||Gold|
BWF World Tour (4 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2018||Japan Open||Super 750||Nozomi Okuhara||21–19, 17–21, 21–11||Winner|
|2018||China Open||Super 1000||Chen Yufei||21–18, 21–13||Winner|
|2019||Malaysia Masters||Super 500||Ratchanok Intanon||9–21, 20–22||Runner-up|
|2019||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Saina Nehwal||10–4 retired||Runner-up|
|2019||China Open||Super 1000||Tai Tzu-ying||14–21, 21–17, 21–18||Winner|
|2019||French Open||Super 750||An Se-young||21–16, 18–21, 5–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Syed Modi International||Super 300||Phittayaporn Chaiwan||21–12, 21–16||Winner|
|2020||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Ratchanok Intanon||19–21, 21–11, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2020||Spain Masters||Super 300||Pornpawee Chochuwong||21–11, 16–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2020||Denmark Open||Super 750||Nozomi Okuhara||19–21, 17–21||Runner-up|
BWF Superseries (6 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
|2014||Australian Open||Saina Nehwal||18–21, 11–21||Runner-up|
|2015||All England Open||Saina Nehwal||16–21, 21–14, 21–7||Winner|
|2015||Malaysia Open||Li Xuerui||19–21, 21–19, 21–17||Winner|
|2015||Australian Open||Wang Shixian||22–20, 21–18||Winner|
|2015||French Open||Wang Shixian||21–18, 21–10||Winner|
|2015||Hong Kong Open||Nozomi Okuhara||21–17, 18–21, 22–20||Winner|
|2017||India Open||P. V. Sindhu||19–21, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Malaysia Open||Tai Tzu-ying||25–23, 20–22, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Singapore Open||Tai Tzu-ying||15–21, 15–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Japan Open||He Bingjiao||23–21, 21–12||Winner|
BWF Grand Prix (2 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit
|2013||London Open||Kirsty Gilmour||21–19, 21–9||Winner|
|2013||Scottish Open||Kirsty Gilmour||21–14, 11–21, 21–13||Winner|
|2015||Syed Modi International||Saina Nehwal||21–19, 23–25, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2015||German Open||Sung Ji-hyun||15–21, 21–14, 6–21||Runner-up|
|2017||German Open||Akane Yamaguchi||Walkover||Runner-up|
BWF International Challenge/Series (9 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit
|2009||Cyprus International||Špela Silvester||21–23, 21–23||Runner-up|
|2009||Irish International||Rachel van Cutsen||22–24, 21–14, 21–16||Winner|
|2010||Uganda International||Anne Hald Jensen||21–18, 19–21, 21–18||Winner|
|2010||Cyprus International||Olga Golovanova||21–12, 25–27, 21–14||Winner|
|2010||Italian International||Olga Konon||20–22, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2011||Morocco International||Juliane Schenk||21–17, 21–13||Winner|
|2011||Spanish Open||Olga Konon||21–13, 21–14||Winner|
|2011||Irish International||Pai Hsiao-ma||21–12, 19–21, 7–21||Runner-up|
|2013||Swedish Masters||Nicole Schaller||21–6, 21–10||Winner|
|2013||Finnish Open||Beatriz Corrales||21–10, 21–15||Winner|
|2013||Spanish Open||Beatriz Corrales||19–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2013||Italian International||Sabrina Jaquet||21–15, 21–14||Winner|
|2014||Spanish Open||Kirsty Gilmour||19–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Italian International||Rituparna Das||21–19, 21–14||Winner|
- Senior level
|European Women's Team Championships||N/A||GS||N/A||GS||N/A||QF||N/A||Bronze||N/A||Bronze||N/A||GS|
|European Mixed Team Championships||GS||N/A||GS||N/A||GS||N/A||w/d||N/A||GS||N/A||GS||N/A|
- Junior level
|European U-17 Championships||Gold||N/A||A|
|European Junior Championships||Silver||N/A||Gold|
|World Junior Championships||A||QF||Bronze|
- Senior level
|BWF World Tour|
|Malaysia Masters||SF||F||SF||F (2019)|
|Indonesian Masters||QF||F||F||F (2019, 2020)|
|Thailand Masters||A||SF||SF (2020)|
|Spain Masters||w/d||A||F||F (2020)|
|German Open||A||N/A||F (2015, 2017)|
|All England Open||QF||A||SF||W (2015)|
|Swiss Open||A||N/A||R2 (2011)|
|Vietnam Open||A||R1||N/A||R1 (2019)|
|China Open||W||W||N/A||W (2018, 2019)|
|Japan Open||W||A||N/A||W (2017, 2018)|
|Denmark Open||R1||SF||F||F (2020)|
|French Open||w/d||F||N/A||W (2015)|
|SaarLorLux Open||A||w/d||SF||SF (2012, 2014, 2020)|
|Fuzhou China Open||SF||R1||N/A||SF (2018)|
|Hong Kong Open||QF||A||N/A||W (2015)|
|Indonesia Open||R1||A||N/A||SF (2016)|
|Syed Modi International||A||W||N/A||W (2019)|
|Malaysia Open||QF||A||N/A||W (2015)|
|India Open||QF||A||N/A||F (2017)|
|BWF World Tour Finals||w/d||NQ||SF (2015)|
|BWF Super Series|
|All England Open||A||R1||R1||R1||W||SF||QF||W (2015)|
|India Open||A||SF||w/d||F||F (2017)|
|Malaysia Open||A||R1||A||R1||W||QF||F||W (2015)|
|Singapore Open||A||R2||A||QF||F||F (2017)|
|Australian Open||GPG||F||W||w/d||R1||W (2015)|
|Indonesia Open||A||R2||QF||R2||R1||SF||R1||SF (2016)|
|Japan Open||A||QF||QF||w/d||W||W (2017)|
|Korea Open||A||R1||A||R2||A||w/d||R2 (2014)|
|Denmark Open||R1||A||SF||SF||R1||SF (2015, 2016)|
|French Open||A||R1||A||w/d||W||w/d||R2||W (2015)|
|China Open||R1||A||R1||QF||QF||SF||SF (2017)|
|Hong Kong Open||R2||A||SF||W||SF||R2||W (2015)|
|BWF Super Series Finals||NQ||SF||GS||w/d||SF (2015)|
|BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold|
|Syed Modi International||A||N/A||A||F||A||F (2015)|
|German Open||A||R2||R1||SF||F||w/d||F||F (2015, 2017)|
|Swiss Open||A||R2||A||R2 (2011)|
|Thailand Open||A||R1||A||R1 (2012)|
|U.S. Open||A||R2||A||R1||A||R2 (2011)|
|Canadian Open||A||R2||A||SF||A||SF (2013)|
|Chinese Taipei Open||R1||A||R1 (2010)|
|SaarLorLux Open||A||SF||w/d||SF||w/d||A||SF (2012, 2014)|
|London Open||N/A||W||N/A||W (2013)|
|Scottish Open||IC||W||A||W (2013)|
Record against selected opponentsEdit
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