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Carolina Marin and Chen Long Win 2015 BWF Player of the Year Awards

 Carolina Marin  and Chen Long

All England and World champion Carolina Marin pipped India ace Saina Nehwal to win the Female Player of the Year award from BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer in Dubai last night. Marin. who won five World Super series titles, held off competition from China's Zhao Yunlei, Saina and China's Bao Yixin.

China's Chen Long retained the Male Player of the Year award that he won last year. His young compatriot Zheng Si Wei was acknowledged as the Most Promising Player of the Year. Korea's Lee Sam Seop and Norway's Helle Sofie Sagoy won the Para-Badminton Player of the Year awards in the male and female categories respectively.

About Carolina Marin:Spain’s Carolina Marin is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by Badminton World Federation Women's Singles 2015. She became world champion in women's singles in 2014 and 2015. In 2009, she became the first Spanish badminton player to win a silver medal at the 2009 European Junior Badminton Championships. She also became the first Spanish badminton player to win gold medal at the 2009 European U17 Badminton Championships. She was the first Spanish badminton player to win a Grand Prix Gold title after winning the 2013 London Grand Prix Gold.

About Chen Long:China’s Chen Long is an Olympic Bronze medalist, two-time World Champion, and two-time All England champion.He emerged as a world junior champion in the 2007 BWF World Junior Championships in both the boys' singles and team event.He became Asian junior champion in the 2007 Asian Junior Badminton Championships.