Carolina Marín

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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4] She has also consecutively won the European Championships title for 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.[5] She won the Olympics gold medal in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[6]

Carolina Marín
Carolina Marín 2014 (cropped).jpg
Carolina Marin in 2014
Personal information
Birth nameCarolina María Marín Martín
Born (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 27)
Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Years activeSince 2009
CoachFernando Rivas
Women's singles
Career record381 wins, 112 losses
Highest ranking1 (11 June 2015)
Current ranking6 (17 March 2020)
BWF profile

Marín was appointed as the brand ambassador of football major LaLiga and Meliá Hotels International for its promotion in other countries.[7][8]


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.[9][10]

2009–2011: First international title and European Junior ChampionsEdit

Marín won her first international title at 2009 Irish International in Dublin

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.[9] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

2013–2014: First Grand Prix title, European and World ChampionsEdit

Marín at 2013 Axiata Cup Surabaya

In 2013, she became the first Spanish badminton player to win a Grand Prix Gold title after winning the London Grand Prix Gold.[14] In August, Marín played for the Bangalore-based team Banga Beats in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL).[15]

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).[16] At the age of 21, she became the youngest European that won the World Championships ever.[17]

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.[18] The title propelled her to rank number 4 in the world ranking and, for the first time, no. 1 in the Superseries standing.[19] 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.[6][20] An indoor arena in Huelva is named after her honour, with Marín herself attending the inauguration.[21]

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.[22]

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.[5] 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.[4]

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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] She further won Syed Modi and Italian International tournaments later in the year.[29][30]

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.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33] Marín reached the final of Denmark Open in 2020 for the very first time, but was defeated by Okuhara in straight games.[34]


Olympic GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 21–12, 21–15   Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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

European ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 Taoyuan Arena, Taipei, Taiwan   Elyzabeth Purwaningtyas 21–23, 21–17, 18–21   Bronze

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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,[35] 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.[36]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
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.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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 Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (2 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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 Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (9 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Performance timelineEdit

National teamEdit

  • Senior level
Team events 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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
Uber Cup N/A DNQ N/A DNQ N/A DNQ N/A GS N/A w/d N/A Q
Sudirman Cup A N/A A N/A A N/A 17th N/A w/d N/A A N/A

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Junior level
Event 2009 2010 2011
European U-17 Championships   Gold N/A A
European Junior Championships   Silver N/A   Gold
World Junior Championships A QF   Bronze
  • Senior level
Events 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
European Championships N/A QF N/A   Gold N/A   Gold   Gold   Gold N/A
World Championships R3 N/A QF   Gold   Gold N/A QF   Gold A
Olympic Games N/A GS N/A   Gold N/A
Tournament 2018 2019 2020 Best
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)
Year-end Ranking[37] 6 10 1
Tournament 2018 2019 2020 Best
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
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)
Year-end Ranking 26 34 15 8 1 2 4 1
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
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)
Year-end Ranking 80 26 34 15 8 1 2 4 1
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best

Career overviewEdit

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 18 October 2020.[38]


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