Carolina Marín

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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, Spain
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Years activeSince 2009
HandednessLeft
CoachFernando Rivas
Women's singles
Career record339 Wins, 104 Losses
Career title(s)28
Highest ranking1 (24 November 2016)
Current ranking24 (19 September 2019)
BWF profile

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][4] 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.[5] She won her first Olympics gold medal in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[6][7] 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.[8][9]

In June 2017, she was appointed as the Brand ambassador of Meliá Hotels International.[10] She was also appointed the brand ambassador of football major LaLiga for its promotion in other countries.

Badminton career[edit]

Carolina Marín was a Flamenco dancer and she came to know about badminton when she saw her friend playing sports and introduced her to the game. She showed interest and began to fall in love with this sport, and since then, she decided to stop dancing and playing badminton wholeheartedly, starting to play badminton at the IES La Orden in Huelva. She says she was eight when she first started playing badminton.[11][12]

2009[edit]

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.[11] 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.[13]

2011[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15]

2013[edit]

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

2014[edit]

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).[18] Aged only 21, she became the youngest European world champion ever.[19]

2015[edit]

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.[20] The title propelled her to rank number 4 in the world ranking and, for the first time, no. 1 in the Superseries standing.[21] 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.

2016[edit]

On 19 August 2016, she won a gold medal by beating India's P.V Sindhu in the singles final at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio, Brazil 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.[22]

2017[edit]

In 2017, Carolina 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 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.[23]

2018[edit]

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.[24] 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.[25]

2019[edit]

On 27 January 2019, Carolina Marin suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the 2019 Dihatsu Indonesia Masters final against Saina Nehwal of India, when she was 10-3 ahead of Saina. Marin subsequently retired injured from the match and underwent the ACL reconstruction surgery as soon as she was flown back to Madrid, Spain the same day.

On September 18, she returned back to action in the BWF Super 1000 China Open, winning two straight games in her match against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the first round. [26]

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's singles

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

World Championships[edit]

Women's singles

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

European Championships[edit]

Women's singles

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

BWF World Tour (2 titles, 2 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 China Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying
2019 Indonesia Masters Super 500 India Saina Nehwal 10–4 Retired 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 9–21, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 China Open Super 1000 China Chen Yufei 21–18, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 17–21, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) 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 China He Bingjiao 23–21, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Singapore Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 15–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Malaysia Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 25–23, 20–22, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 India Open India P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Hong Kong Open Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–17, 18–21, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 French Open China Wang Shixian 21–18, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Australian Open China Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Malaysia Open China Li Xuerui 19–21, 21–19, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 All England Open India Saina Nehwal 16–21, 21–14, 21–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Australian Open India Saina Nehwal 18–21, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) 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 level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 German Open Japan Akane Yamaguchi Walkover 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 German Open South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 15–21, 21–14, 6–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Syed Modi International India Saina Nehwal 21–19, 23–25, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Scottish Open Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–14, 11–21, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 London Open Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–19, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Spanish Open Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 19–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Italian International Switzerland Sabrina Jaquet 21–15, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Spanish Open Spain Beatriz Corrales 19–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Finnish Open Spain Beatriz Corrales 21–10, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Swedish Masters Switzerland Nicole Schaller 21–6, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Irish International Chinese Taipei Pai Hsiao-ma 21–12, 19–21, 7–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Spanish Open Germany Olga Konon 21–13, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Morocco International Germany Juliane Schenk 21–17, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Italian International Germany Olga Konon 20–22, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Cyprus International Russia Olga Golovanova 21–12, 25–27, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Uganda International Greece Anne Hald Jensen 21–18, 19–21, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Irish International Netherlands Rachel van Cutsen 22–24, 21–14, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Cyprus International Slovenia Špela Silvester 21–23, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Individual junior titles (2)[edit]

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

Runners-up (1)[edit]

Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
2009 European Junior Championships Denmark Anne Hald 21–18, 10–21, 10–21

Performance timeline[edit]

Spanish team[edit]

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

Individual competitions[edit]

  • Junior level
Event 2009
European U-17 Badminton Championships Gold Gold
Event 2009 2011
European Junior Championships Silver Silver Gold Gold
Event 2010 2011
World Junior Championships QF Med 3.png Bronze
  • Senior level
Event 2012 2014 2016 2017 2018
European Badminton Championships QF Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold
Event 2011 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
BWF World Championships R3 QF Gold Gold Gold Gold QF Gold Gold
Event 2012 2016
Olympics GS Gold Gold
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
BWF World Tour
Malaysia Malaysia Masters SF F F (2019)
Indonesia Indonesian Masters QF F F (2019)
India India Open QF A F (2017)
England All England Open QF A W (2015)
Indonesia Indonesia Open R1 A SF (2016)
Malaysia Malaysia Open QF A W (2015)
Japan Japan Open W A W (2017, 2018)
Vietnam Vietnam Open A R1 R1 (2019)
China China Open W Report W (2018)
South Korea Korea Open A Report R2 (2014)
Denmark Denmark Open R1 SF (2015, 2016)
France French Open w/d W (2015)
China China Masters SF SF (2018)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Open QF W (2015)
China BWF World Tour Finals w/d SF (2015)
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Super Series
England All England Open A R1 R1 R1 W SF QF W (2015)
India India Open A SF w/d F F (2017)
Malaysia Malaysia Open A R1 A R1 W QF F W (2015)
Singapore Singapore Open A R2 A QF F F (2017)
Australia Australian Open GPG F W w/d R1 W (2015)
Indonesia Indonesia Open A R2 QF R2 R1 SF R1 SF (2016)
Japan Japan Open A QF QF w/d W W (2017)
South Korea Korea Open A R1 A R2 A w/d R2 (2014)
Denmark Denmark Open R1 A SF SF R1 SF (2015, 2016)
France French Open A R1 A w/d W w/d R2 W (2015)
China China Open R1 A R1 QF QF SF SF (2017)
Hong Kong 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
India Syed Modi International A N/A A F A F (2015)
Germany German Open R2 R1 SF F w/d F F (2015, 2017)
England London Open N/A W N/A W (2013)
Scotland Scottish Open W A W (2013)

Summer olympics singles matches[edit]

Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games
Phase Opponent Score
Round Robin Finland Nanna Vainio 21–6, 21–4
Round Robin Denmark Line Kjaersfeldt 21–16, 21–13
Second Round BYE WIN
Quarter-Final South Korea Sung Ji Hyun 21–12, 21–16
Semi-Final China Li Xuerui 21–14, 21–16
Final India P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 21–12, 21–15

Career overview[edit]

Record against selected opponents[edit]

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

References[edit]

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