Carolina Marin fears no one

Spain's former world No 1 Carolina Marin did not win any superseries title last year but landed the big one - the Olympics gold - at last year's Rio Olympics to add to the world titles she won in 2014 and 2015.

It is another poor start in the superseries this year for the 24-year-old Spaniard - when she failed at the prestigious All-England last month and last week's India Open. But she is not losing any sleep over the two failures.

"I did not win any superseries last year but I landed the big one...the Olympics gold. This was my target. It was my best performance," said Marin, who is in Kuching, Sarawak for the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open which began on Tuesday.

Marin won the gold in Rio Olympics with a 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 win over India's P.V. Sindhu in the final.

However, Sindhu turned the tables on Marin last week with a 21-19, 21-16 win in the Yonex Sunrise India Open final.

"I may have not won the All-England and the India Open but I am pleased with my overall performance and ready to throw in her challenge in the Malaysia Open - which she won in 2015.

Even before the Malaysia Open got started Marin was in "high spirits" after being appointed ambassador for Spanish football league La Liga and that ceremony took place in Kuching on Monday.

The La Liga is going on an aggressive promotion drive in this region to bring it on par with the much watched English Premier League.

"Of course I am proud to promote La Liga and my country. Badminton is growing in popularity in Spain and with me appointed as the ambassador it will work both ways," said Marin.

"Football is the number one sport and most popular...but now people also know badminton after I won the Olympics gold."

Marin opens her campaign in Kuching with a first round match against Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin.