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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][3] 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.[4][5] She has become the World Champion in women's singles three times, winning in 2014, 2015 and 2018. She has also consecutively won the BWF European Championships title for 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.[6] She won her first Olympics gold medal in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[7][8] In 2018, she won the BWF World Championships for the third time, thereby becoming the first ever female badminton athlete to have achieved this feat.[9][10]

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 26)
Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Years activeSince 2009
CoachFernando Rivas
Women's singles
Career record368 Wins, 118 Losses[2]
Career title(s)29
Highest ranking1 (11 June 2015)
Current ranking12 (12 November 2019)
BWF profile

In June 2017, she was appointed as the Brand ambassador of Meliá Hotels International.[11] She was also appointed the brand ambassador of football major LaLiga for its promotion in other countries.

Career summaryEdit

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 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.[12][13]


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.[12] She won her first major title at the Irish International tournament, came through the qualification stage and beating the Dutch player Rachel Van Cutsen in the final with the rubber game.[14]


In 2011, she alongside her teammate Beatriz Corrales made a 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.[15] She also competed at the World Junior Championships in Taipei, reaching in to the semifinals, lose to Elisabeth Purwaningtyas of Indonesian and settled the bronze medal.[16]


Carolina 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.[17] In August 2013, Marín played for the Bangalore-based team Banga Beats in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL).[18]


Carolina Marín at 2014 Spanish National Championships in Jaén

On 31 August 2014, she defeated Li Xuerui from China in the BWF World Championships 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).[19] Aged only 21, she became the youngest European world champion ever.[20]


In 2015, she won the All England, 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.[21] The title propelled her to rank number 4 in the world ranking and, for the first time, no. 1 in the Superseries standing.[22] At 2015 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 game match at the semi-final stage. Carolina rose to a career high of no.2 in the world ranking on 2 April 2015.

On 5 April 2015, Carolina Marín won her second straight Super Series Premier title, beating Olympic champion Li Xuerui for the second consecutive time at the 2015 Malaysia Open with score 19–21, 21–19, 21–17. On 16 August 2015, she defended her title at the World Championship by beating Saina Nehwal of India in 21–16, 21–19. 2015 is the golden year for Carolina Marín where in addition to defending the World Championship title, she also won other Super Series titles such as the 2015 Australian Open, 2015 French Open, and 2015 Hong Kong Open.


On 19 August 2016, she won a gold medal by beating India's P.V Sindhu in the 2016 Summer Olympics women's singles final in Rio, with a score of 19–21, 21–12, 21–15. An indoor arena in Huelva is named after her honour, with Marín herself attending the inauguration.[23]


In 2017, Carolina Marín won the Japan Open Super Series title after beating He Bingjiao of China in the final, winning a Super Series title after almost two years. At the Hong Kong Open, which took place late November 2017, 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.[24]


On 29 April 2018, she won her fourth consecutive European Championships title in a row at the Huelva 2018 European Championships hosted at Huelva, Spain, by beating Evgeniya Kosetskaya with Score 21–15, 21–7.[25] On 5 August 2018, she won the title in the Badminton World Championships by defeating P. V. Sindhu of India in two sets with 21–19, 21–10 making her the first female badminton player in history to win three World Championship titles.[26]


Marín began her 2019 season with a runner-up effort at the Malaysia Masters, where she lost to Ratchanok Intanon in straight sets. On 27 January, Marín suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the Indonesia Masters final against Saina Nehwal, when she was 10-3 ahead in the first set. Marín subsequently retired from the match and underwent the ACL reconstruction surgery as soon as she was flown back to Madrid the same day.

After a seven-month break forced by the injury, Marín returned to competition at the 2019 Vietnam Open, where she lost in the first round. However, she was able to bounce back and, on 22 September, she won the China Open, defeating Taiwan’s 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 semifinals at the Denmark Open, where she was defeated in three tight sets by Nozomi Okuhara.


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
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena, Nanjing, China   P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 21–10   Gold
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Saina Nehwal 21–16, 21–19   Gold
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Li Xuerui 17–21, 21–17, 21–18   Gold

European ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Palacio de Deportes de Huelva, Huelva, Spain   Evgeniya Kosetskaya 21–15, 21–7   Gold
2017 Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark   Kirsty Gilmour 21–14, 21–12   Gold
2016 Vendespace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France   Kirsty Gilmour 21–12, 21–18   Gold
2014 Gymnastics Center, Kazan, Russia   Anna Thea Madsen 21–9, 14–21, 21–8   Gold

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 Vantaan Energia Arena, Vantaa, Finland   Beatriz Corrales 21–14, 23–21   Gold
2009 Federal Technical Centre - Palabadminton, Milan, Italy   Anne Hald Jensen 21–18, 18–21, 19–21   Silver

BWF World Tour (3 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[27] 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.[28]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 French Open Super 750   An Se-young 21–16, 18–21, 5–21   Runner-up
2019 China Open Super 1000   Tai Tzu-ying 14–21, 21–17, 21–18   Winner
2019 Indonesia Masters Super 500   Saina Nehwal 10–4 Retired   Runner-up
2019 Malaysia Masters Super 500   Ratchanok Intanon 9–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2018 China Open Super 1000   Chen Yufei 21–18, 21–13   Winner
2018 Japan Open Super 750   Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 17–21, 21–11   Winner

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
2017 Japan Open   He Bingjiao 23–21, 21–12   Winner
2017 Singapore Open   Tai Tzu-ying 15–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2017 Malaysia Open   Tai Tzu-ying 25–23, 20–22, 13–21   Runner-up
2017 India Open   P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2015 Hong Kong Open   Nozomi Okuhara 21–17, 18–21, 22–20   Winner
2015 French Open   Wang Shixian 21–18, 21–10   Winner
2015 Australian Open   Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–18   Winner
2015 Malaysia Open   Li Xuerui 19–21, 21–19, 21–17   Winner
2015 All England Open   Saina Nehwal 16–21, 21–14, 21–7   Winner
2014 Australian Open   Saina Nehwal 18–21, 11–21   Runner-up
     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
2017 German Open   Akane Yamaguchi Walkover   Runner-up
2015 German Open   Sung Ji-hyun 15–21, 21–14, 6–21   Runner-up
2015 Syed Modi International   Saina Nehwal 21–19, 23–25, 16–21   Runner-up
2013 Scottish Open   Kirsty Gilmour 21–14, 11–21, 21–13   Winner
2013 London Open   Kirsty Gilmour 21–19, 21–9   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (8 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Spanish Open   Kirsty Gilmour 19–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2013 Italian International   Sabrina Jaquet 21–15, 21–14   Winner
2013 Spanish Open   Beatriz Corrales 19–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2013 Finnish Open   Beatriz Corrales 21–10, 21–15   Winner
2013 Swedish Masters   Nicole Schaller 21–6, 21–10   Winner
2011 Irish International   Pai Hsiao-ma 21–12, 19–21, 7–21   Runner-up
2011 Spanish Open   Olga Konon 21–13, 21–14   Winner
2011 Morocco International   Juliane Schenk 21–17, 21–13   Winner
2010 Italian International   Olga Konon 20–22, 14–21   Runner-up
2010 Cyprus International   Olga Golovanova 21–12, 25–27, 21–14   Winner
2010 Uganda International   Anne Hald Jensen 21–18, 19–21, 21–18   Winner
2009 Irish International   Rachel van Cutsen 22–24, 21–14, 21–16   Winner
2009 Cyprus International   Špela Silvester 21–23, 21–23   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Performance timelineEdit

Spanish teamEdit

  • Senior level
Team Events 2016 2018
European Women's Team Championships   Bronze   Bronze

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Junior level
Event 2009
European U-17 Badminton Championships   Gold
Event 2009 2011
European Junior Championships   Silver   Gold
Event 2010 2011
World Junior Championships QF   Bronze
  • Senior level
Event 2012 2014 2016 2017 2018
European Badminton Championships QF   Gold   Gold   Gold   Gold
Event 2011 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
BWF World Championships R3 QF   Gold   Gold QF   Gold
Event 2012 2016
Olympics GS   Gold
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
BWF World Tour
  Malaysia Masters SF F F (2019)
  Indonesian Masters QF F F (2019)
  India Open QF A F (2017)
  All England Open QF A W (2015)
  Indonesia Open R1 A SF (2016)
  Malaysia Open QF A W (2015)
  Japan Open W A W (2017, 2018)
  Vietnam Open A R1 R1 (2019)
  China Open W W W (2018, 2019)
  Korea Open A A R2 (2014)
  Denmark Open R1 SF SF (2015, 2016, 2019)
  French Open w/d F W (2015)
  Fuzhou China Open SF R1 SF (2018)
  Hong Kong Open QF A W (2015)
  Korea Masters A Report A
  BWF World Tour Finals w/d SF (2015)
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)
Tournament 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 R2 R1 SF F w/d F F (2015, 2017)
  London Open N/A W N/A W (2013)
  Scottish Open W A W (2013)

Summer Olympics singles matchesEdit

2012 London Summer Olympics
Phase Opponent Score
Group L   Li Xuerui 13–21, 11–21
Group L   Claudia Rivero 21–17, 21–7
2016 Rio Summer Olympics
Phase Opponent Score
Group A   Nanna Vainio 21–6, 21–4
Group A   Line Kjaersfeldt 21–16, 21–13
Second Round BYE WIN
Quarter-Final   Sung Ji Hyun 21–12, 21–16
Semi-Final   Li Xuerui 21–14, 21–16
Final   P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 21–12, 21–15

Career overviewEdit

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Women's Singles results against World Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[29]

Last revised: 29 January 2019


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