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Carolina Marín
Marín in 2014
Personal information
Birth name Carolina María Marín Martín
Born (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 30)
Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
Height 1.72 m
Weight 65 kg
Country Spain
Years active 2009–present
Handedness Left
Women's singles
Highest Ranking 1 (11 June 2015)
Current Ranking 5 (14 November 2023)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Spain
Olympic Games
Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Women's singles
World Championships
Gold 2014 Copenhagen Women's singles
Gold 2015 Jakarta Women's singles
Gold 2018 Nanjing Women's singles
Silver 2023 Copenhagen Women's singles
European Games
Gold 2023 Kraków–Małopolska Women's singles
European Championships
Gold 2014 Kazan Women's singles
Gold 2016 La Roche-sur-Yon Women's singles
Gold 2017 Kolding Women's singles
Gold 2018 Huelva Women's singles
Gold 2021 Kyiv Women's singles
Gold 2022 Madrid Women's singles
European Women's Team Championships
Bronze 2016 Kazan Women's team
Bronze 2018 Kazan Women's team
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2011 Taipei Girls' singles
European Junior Championships
Gold 2011 Vantaa Girls' singles
Silver 2009 Milan Girls' singles

Carolina María Marín Martín (born 15 June 1993) is a Spanish badminton player. She is an Olympic Champion, three-time World Champion, six-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 66 weeks. Widely regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in women's singles badminton, she holds the distinction of having won a medal in almost every BWF tournament, along with the consecutive golds at the World Championships, and the European Championships.

She has become the World Champion 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. She has also consecutively won the European Championships title six times, in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021 and 2022. She won the Olympics gold medal in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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

Early life

Carolina Marín in her earlier childhood was a keen Flamenco dancer. She learned of badminton when a friend introduced her to the sport. She fell in love with the sport, and 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.


2009–2011: First international title and European Junior Champions

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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 in 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 coming through the qualification stage and beating the Dutch player Rachel Van Cutsen in the final in the rubber game.

In 2011, she alongside her teammate, Beatriz Corrales, made history for the Spanish badminton, after placing two representatives of Spain in the 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 the semi-finals, but lost to Elisabeth Purwaningtyas of Indonesia and settled for the bronze medal.

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

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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. In August, Marín played for the Bangalore-based team Banga Beats in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL). In April, she won her first European Championships title.

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Marín at 2014 Spanish National Championships in Jaén

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

2015: Five Superseries title, second World Championships and World #1

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

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. An indoor arena in Huelva is named after her honour, with Marín herself attending the inauguration.

2017–2018: Fourth European and Third World Championships title

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 in 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.

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. 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 titles. In September, she won World Tour titles at the Japan and China Open.

2019–2020: ACL injury and comeback

Marín began her 2019 season with a runner-up effort at the Malaysia Masters, where she lost to Ratchanok Intanon in straight games. 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. 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.

In September, after an 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. 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. 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 the 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. She further won Syed Modi and Italian International tournaments later in the year.

Marín started the 2020 season at the Southeast Asian tour on a positive note; reaching the semi-finals of Malaysia Masters where she lost to Chen Yufei. A week later, she then reached the final of the Indonesia Masters, 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 game. 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. In March, she competed as 8th seeds in the All England Open, but stopped by the eventual champion Tai Tzu-ying in the semi-finals.

In July, Marín's father died following an accident in February. She reached the final of the Denmark Open in October for the very first time but was defeated by Okuhara in straight games.


Marín won the first title of the year, the Thailand Open Super 1000 event, by beating World no. 1 Tai Tzu-ying in two comfortable games. She didn't lose any game in the whole tournament. Continuing her scintillating form, she won the second edition of Thailand Open, the Toyota Thailand Open, also a super 1000 event by beating Tai yet again. In contesting her first-ever World Tour Finals final, she lost to same rival Tai in three games after failing to capitalize her lead in the final game. She won her first world tour title in Switzerland by beating reigning World champion P. V. Sindhu with a very dominating display, winning 21–12, 21–5. Marín planned to compete at the All England Open but pulled out of the competition due to an injury she suffered in the first round of the Swiss Open.

Marín made history as the first-ever player to claim five consecutive titles at the European Championships, defeating young Dane Line Christophersen in the final. She was expected to defend her title at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but was forced to withdraw due to knee injury she suffered in June while training.

In 2022, 18 months after Marín second ACL injury, she advanced to the French Open final, but lost the match to He Bingjiao in a close rubber games.


Olympic Games

Women's singles

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

World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result Ref
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark China Li Xuerui 17–21, 21–17, 21–18 Gold Gold
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia India Saina Nehwal 21–16, 21–19 Gold Gold
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park, Nanjing, China India P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 21–10 Gold Gold
2023 Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark South Korea An Se-young 12–21, 10–21 Silver Silver

European Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result Ref
2023 Arena Jaskółka, Tarnów, Poland Denmark Mia Blichfeldt 21–15, 21–14 Gold Gold

European Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result Ref
2014 Gymnastics Center, Kazan, Russia Denmark Anna Thea Madsen 21–9, 14–21, 21–8 Gold Gold
2016 Vendespace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–12, 21–18 Gold Gold
2017 Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–14, 21–12 Gold Gold
2018 Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín, Huelva, Spain Russia Evgeniya Kosetskaya 21–15, 21–7 Gold Gold
2021 Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine Denmark Line Christophersen 21–13, 21–18 Gold Gold
2022 Polideportivo Municipal Gallur, Madrid, Spain Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–10, 21–12 Gold Gold

BWF World Junior Championships

Girls' singles

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

European Junior Championships

Girls' singles

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

BWF World Tour (8 titles, 11 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result Ref
2018 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 17–21, 21–11 1 Winner
2018 China Open Super 1000 China Chen Yufei 21–18, 21–13 1 Winner
2019 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 9–21, 20–22 2 Runner-up
2019 Indonesia Masters Super 500 India Saina Nehwal 10–4 retired 2 Runner-up
2019 China Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 14–21, 21–17, 21–18 1 Winner
2019 French Open Super 750 South Korea An Se-young 21–16, 18–21, 5–21 2 Runner-up
2019 Syed Modi International Super 300 Thailand Phittayaporn Chaiwan 21–12, 21–16 1 Winner
2020 Indonesia Masters Super 500 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 19–21, 21–11, 18–21 2 Runner-up
2020 Spain Masters Super 300 Thailand Pornpawee Chochuwong 21–11, 16–21, 18–21 2 Runner-up
2020 Denmark Open Super 750 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 19–21, 17–21 2 Runner-up
2020 (I) Thailand Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–9, 21–16 1 Winner
2020 (II) Thailand Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–19, 21–17 1 Winner
2020 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–14, 8–21, 19–21 2 Runner-up
2021 Swiss Open Super 300 India P. V. Sindhu 21–12, 21–5 1 Winner
2022 French Open Super 750 China He Bingjiao 21–16, 9–21, 20–22 2 Runner-up
2023 Indonesia Masters Super 500 South Korea An Se-young 21–18, 18–21, 13–21 2 Runner-up
2023 Orléans Masters Super 300 United States Beiwen Zhang 25–23, 9–21, 21–10 1 Winner
2023 Indonesia Open Super 1000 China Chen Yufei 18–21, 19–21 2 Runner-up
2023 Denmark Open Super 750 China Chen Yufei 14–21, 19–21 2 Runner-up

BWF Superseries (6 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011. Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result Ref
2014 Australian Open India Saina Nehwal 18–21, 11–21 2 Runner-up
2015 All England Open India Saina Nehwal 16–21, 21–14, 21–7 1 Winner
2015 Malaysia Open China Li Xuerui 19–21, 21–19, 21–17 1 Winner
2015 Australian Open China Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–18 1 Winner
2015 French Open China Wang Shixian 21–18, 21–10 1 Winner
2015 Hong Kong Open Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–17, 18–21, 22–20 1 Winner
2017 India Open India P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 16–21 2 Runner-up
2017 Malaysia Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 25–23, 20–22, 13–21 2 Runner-up
2017 Singapore Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 15–21, 15–21 2 Runner-up
2017 Japan Open China He Bingjiao 23–21, 21–12 1 Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

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

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Women's singles

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

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

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result Ref
2009 Cyprus International Slovenia Špela Silvester 21–23, 21–23 2 Runner-up
2009 Irish International Netherlands Rachel van Cutsen 22–24, 21–14, 21–16 1 Winner
2010 Uganda International Greece Anne Hald Jensen 21–18, 19–21, 21–18 1 Winner
2010 Cyprus International Russia Olga Golovanova 21–12, 25–27, 21–14 1 Winner
2010 Italian International Germany Olga Konon 20–22, 14–21 2 Runner-up
2011 Morocco International Germany Juliane Schenk 21–17, 21–13 1 Winner
2011 Spanish Open Germany Olga Konon 21–13, 21–14 1 Winner
2011 Irish International Chinese Taipei Pai Hsiao-ma 21–12, 19–21, 7–21 2 Runner-up
2013 Swedish Masters Switzerland Nicole Schaller 21–6, 21–10 1 Winner
2013 Finnish Open Spain Beatriz Corrales 21–10, 21–15 1 Winner
2013 Spanish Open Spain Beatriz Corrales 19–21, 18–21 2 Runner-up
2013 Italian International Switzerland Sabrina Jaquet 21–15, 21–14 1 Winner
2014 Spanish Open Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 19–21, 18–21 2 Runner-up
2019 Italian International India Rituparna Das 21–19, 21–14 1 Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

National team

  • Senior level
Team events 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Ref
European Women's Team Championships NH RR NH RR NH QF NH B NH B NH RR NH
European Mixed Team Championships RR NH RR NH RR NH w/d NH RR NH RR NH DNQ NH
Sudirman Cup A NH A NH A NH 17th NH w/d NH A NH DNQ NH

Individual competitions

  • Junior level
Event 2009 2010 2011 Ref
European U-17 Championships G NH A
European Junior Championships S NH G
World Junior Championships A QF B
  • Senior level
Events 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Ref
European Championships NH QF NH G NH G G G Not Held G G NH
European Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held G
World Championships 3R NH QF G G NH QF G inj NH w/d QF S
Olympic Games NH RR Not Held G Not Held inj Not Held
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best Ref
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Malaysia Open A 1R A 1R W QF F QF A Not Held 2R QF W ('15)
India Open A SF w/d F QF A Not Held A QF F ('17)
Indonesia Masters A NH QF F F A w/d F F ('19, '20, '23)
Thailand Masters Not Held A SF Not Held w/d SF ('20)
German Open A 2R 1R SF F w/d F A Not Held w/d A F ('15, '17)
All England Open A 1R 1R 1R W SF QF QF A SF A QF W ('15)
Swiss Open A 2R A NH W A W ('21)
Spain Masters Not Held w/d A F w/d NH SF F ('20)
Orléans Masters Not Held A NH A W W ('23)
Malaysia Masters A SF F SF NH w/d A F ('19)
Thailand Open NH A 1R A NH A W NH A SF W ('20 I, '20 II)
Singapore Open A 2R A QF F A Not Held A 2R F ('17)
Indonesia Open A 2R QF 2R 1R SF 1R 1R A NH A 2R F F ('23)
Chinese Taipei Open 1R A Not Held A 1R ('10)
Korea Open A 1R A 2R A w/d w/d A Not Held A 2R ('14)
Japan Open A QF QF w/d W W A Not held QF A W ('17, '18)
Vietnam Open A 1R Not Held A 1R ('19)
Canada Open A 2R A SF A Not Held SF A SF ('13, '22)
U.S. Open A 2R A 1R A Not Held A 2R ('11)
Denmark Open A 1R A SF SF 1R 1R SF F A 2R F F ('20, '23)
French Open A 1R A w/d W w/d 2R w/d F NH A F QF W ('15)
Hylo Open A SF w/d SF w/d A w/d SF A QF w/d SF ('12, '14, '20)
Hong Kong Open A 2R A SF W SF 2R QF A Not Held QF W ('15)
Australian Open A F W w/d 1R A Not Held A W ('15)
China Open A 1R A 1R QF QF SF W W Not Held QF W ('18, '19)
Japan Masters NH QF QF ('23)
China Masters A SF 1R Not Held 1R SF ('18)
Syed Modi International A NH A F A W Not Held A W ('19)
Superseries / Tour Finals DNQ SF RR w/d w/d DNQ F DNQ F ('20)
London Grand Prix Gold Not Held W Not Held W ('13)
Scottish Open A W A N/A W ('13)
Year-end ranking 80 26 34 15 8 1 2 4 6 10 6 6 9 1
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Best Ref

Career overview

The table below gives the overview of Carolina Marín performance data in singles and doubles.

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 12 September 2023.


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