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 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. She won her first Olympics gold medal in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 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.
Carolina Marin in 2014
|Birth name||Carolina María Marín Martín|
|Born||15 June 1993|
Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Years active||Since 2009|
|Career record||368 Wins, 118 Losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (11 June 2015)|
|Current ranking||12 (12 November 2019)|
- 1 Career summary
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Performance timeline
- 4 Summer Olympics singles matches
- 5 Career overview
- 6 Record against selected opponents
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
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, came through 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 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. 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.
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 2013, 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 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). Aged only 21, she became the youngest European world champion ever.
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. The title propelled her to rank number 4 in the world ranking and, for the first time, no. 1 in the Superseries standing. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
|2016||Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||P. V. Sindhu||19–21, 21–12, 21–15||Gold|
|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|
|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
|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, 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.
|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.
|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 Grand Prix (2 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit
|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 International Challenge/Series (8 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit
|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|
- Senior level
|European Women's Team Championships||Bronze||Bronze|
- Junior level
|European U-17 Badminton Championships||Gold|
|European Junior Championships||Silver||Gold|
|World Junior Championships||QF||Bronze|
- Senior level
|European Badminton Championships||QF||Gold||Gold||Gold||Gold|
|BWF World Championships||R3||QF||Gold||Gold||QF||Gold||A|
|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)|
|Syed Modi International||A||Report||F (2015)|
|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)|
|Bitburger 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)|
Summer Olympics singles matchesEdit
|Group L||Li Xuerui||13–21, 11–21|
|Group L||Claudia Rivero||21–17, 21–7|
|Group A||Nanna Vainio||21–6, 21–4|
|Group A||Line Kjaersfeldt||21–16, 21–13|
|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|
Record against selected opponentsEdit
Women's Singles results against World Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.
Last revised: 29 January 2019
- Petya Nedelcheva 1–0
- Li Xuerui 3–3
- Sun Yu 2–3
- Wang Shixian 4–5
- Wang Xin 0–2
- Wang Yihan 3–4
- Tine Baun 1–2
- Line Kjærsfeldt 8–0
- Cheng Shao-chieh 1–1
- Tai Tzu-ying 6–7
- Chen Yufei 3–1
- Mia Blichfeldt 3–1
- He Bingjiao 5–1
- Pi Hongyan 0–1
- Kirsty Gilmour 6–1
- Juliane Schenk 2–0
- Yip Pui Yin 4–0
- Lindaweni Fanetri 2–2
- Saina Nehwal 6–6
- P. V. Sindhu 8–6
- Yui Hashimoto 3–1
- Eriko Hirose 1–1
- Minatsu Mitani 4–0
- Nozomi Okuhara 7–7
- Sayaka Sato 2–2
- Akane Yamaguchi 5–4
- Bae Yeon-ju 1–0
- Sung Ji-hyun 8–1
- Claudia Rivero 1–0
- Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 2–1
- Ratchanok Intanon 4–6
- Zhang Beiwen 3–2
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