Carolina Marín

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Marín and the second or maternal family name is Martín.
Carolina Marín
Carolina Marín 2014 (cropped).jpg
Carolina Marín in 2014
Personal information
Birth name Carolina María Marín Martín
Country  Spain
Born (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 21)[1]
Huelva, Spain[1]
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Years active 2009–
Handedness Left
Coach Fernando Rivas
Women's singles
Career record 194–63
Career title(s) 14
Highest ranking 2 (2 April 2015)
Current ranking 3 (30 April 2015)
BWF profile
Updated on 30 April 2015.

Carolina María Marín Martín (born 15 June 1993) is a badminton player from Spain.[1][2] She became world champion in women's singles in 2014.[3]

Badminton career[edit]

Carolina started playing badminton at the IES La Orden badminton club in Huelva. In 2009 she became the first Spanish badminton player to win a silver medal first, at the 2009 European Junior Badminton Championships,[4] and a gold medal later, at the 2009 European U17 Badminton Championships.[5]

Carolina played for the Bangalore based team Banga Beats in the Inaugural edition of Indian Badminton League (IBL) in 2013.[6]

She was the first Spanish badminton player to win a grand prix gold title after winning the 2013 London Grand Prix Gold.

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 in achieving the gold medal, after Lene Køppen (1977) and Camilla Martin (1999).[7] Aged only 21, she became the youngest European world champion ever.[8]

On 8 March 2015, she won the All England, her first Superseries Premier title in her first Superseries Premier final. The title propelled her to rank number 4 in the world ranking and, for the first time, no.1 in the Superseries standing.

At Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series, she had a chance of unseating Li Xuerui as the new world no.1. She narrowly lost to Thai prodigy Ratchanok Intanon in a close three games 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 Marin won her second straight Super Series Premier title, beating the Olympic champion Li Xuerui for the second consecutive time.

Playing style[edit]

Carolina is offensive in her game with powerful lefty shots. Her ability to read the game and her anticipation are strong on the court, and defends well against deceptive shots and attacks. Her mental fortitude is strong as she has come back from trailing behind in matches against other Asian top tenner. Carolina however is criticized in some quarters for her on-court manner. She has received verbal warnings, yellow cards and even 2 red cards for taking too much time. This is disputed by others and the umpiring was considered to be below standard in the case of the 2 red cards. She often cries out after winning shots.

Individual finals[edit]

Carolina Marín at 2013 Axiata Cup

Individual titles (14)[edit]

Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
2009 Irish International Netherlands Rachel van Cutsen 22–24, 21–14, 21–16
2010 Uganda International Greece Anne Hald Jensen 21–18, 19–21, 21–18
2010 Cyprus International Russia Olga Golovanova 21–12, 25–27, 21–14
2011 Morocco International Germany Juliane Schenk 21–17, 21–13
2011 Spanish Open Germany Olga Konon 21–13, 21–14
2013 Swedish International Stockholm Switzerland Nicole Schaller 21–6, 21–10
2013 Finnish Open Spain Beatriz Corrales 21–10, 21–15
2013 London Grand Prix Gold Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–19, 21–9
2013 Scottish Open Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–14, 11–21, 21–13
2013 Italian International Switzerland Sabrina Jaquet 21–15, 21–14
2014 European Championships Denmark Anna Thea Madsen 21–9, 14–21, 21–8
2014 World Championships China Li Xuerui 17–21, 21–17, 21–18
2015 All England India Saina Nehwal 16–21, 21–14, 21–7
2015 Malaysia Open China Li Xuerui 19–21, 21–19, 21–17

Runners-up (8)[edit]

Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
2009 Cyprus International Slovenia Špela Silvester 21–23, 21–23
2010 Italian International Germany Olga Konon 20–22, 14–21
2011 Irish International Chinese Taipei Pai Hsiao-ma 21–12, 19–21, 7–21
2013 Spanish Open Spain Beatriz Corrales 19–21, 18–21
2014 Spanish Open Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 19–21, 18–21
2014 Australian Open India Saina Nehwal 18–21, 11–21
2015 Syed Modi International India Saina Nehwal 21–19, 23–25, 16–21
2015 German Open South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 15–21, 21–14, 6–21
     Super Series Finals tournament
     Super Series Premier tournament
     Super Series tournament
     Grand Prix Gold tournament
     Grand Prix tournament

National championships finals[edit]


Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
2009 Spanish National Championships Beatriz Corrales 21–15, 22–20
2010 Spanish National Championships Beatriz Corrales 21–7, 21–14
2011 Spanish National Championships Beatriz Corrales 21–13, 21–17
2012 Spanish National Championships Beatriz Corrales 21–14, 16–21, 21–12
2013 Spanish National Championships Laura Samaniego 21–6, 21–18
2014 Spanish National Championships Beatriz Corrales 21–12, 22–20

Individual junior titles (2)[edit]

Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
2011 European Junior Championships Spain Beatriz Corrales 21–14, 23–21
2009 European U17 Championships Turkey Neslihan Yiğit 21–9, 21–3

Runners-up (1)[edit]

Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
2009 European Junior Championships Denmark Anne Hald 21–18, 18–21, 19–21

Met Life BWF World Super Series Premier(Winner)[edit]

2015 All England Super Series Premier

2015 Malaysia Open (badminton)

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Women's Singles results against Super Series finalists, Worlds Semi-finalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Carolina Marín.
  2. ^ "Carolina María Marín Martín". Comité Olímpico Español
  3. ^ "Dare to Dream – Carolina Marin World Beater". 4 September 2014
  4. ^ "European Junior Championships 2009 – Winners". 12 April 2009
  5. ^ "European U17 Championships 2009 – Winners". 15 November 2009
  6. ^ Who got whom in IBL 2013 players' auction. The Times of India. 22 July 2013
  7. ^ "WORLDS 2014 Finals – Carolina Marin is the new World Champion!".
  8. ^ "A fairy tale written by Carolina Marin". 31 August 2014
  9. ^ "Carolina MARIN".