Chen Long

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Chen Long
Chen Long2012.jpg
Personal information
Country  China
Born (1989-01-18) January 18, 1989 (age 25)
Shashi District, Jingzhou, Hubei, China
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb; 12.4 st)
Handedness Right
Men's singles
Highest ranking 2 (October 27, 2011)
Current ranking 2 (June 5, 2014[1])
BWF profile
Updated on 07:27, 26 October 2013 (UTC).
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.
Chen Long
Traditional Chinese 諶龍

Chen Long (born January 18, 1989 in Shashi District, Jingzhou, Hubei) is a male badminton player from China.

Career[edit]

Junior events[edit]

Chen emerged as a world junior champion in the 2007 BWF World Junior Championships in both the boys' singles and team event. He also became Asian junior champion in the 2007 Asian Junior Badminton Championships.

2010[edit]

Chen participated in the Korea Open Super Series in January. He made it through to the semi-finals before losing to Danish player Peter Gade, 13–21 21–10 17–21. A week later, in the Malaysia Open, he lost in the opening round to Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.

At the prestigious All England Open in March, he registered an impressive victory over 8th seed Jan Jorgensen in the first round but fell to Korea's Shon Wan-ho 18–21 21–18 19–21 in the second round. He followed up this disappointment with his best ever performance in a Super Series event by making it through to the final of the Swiss Open, where he finished runner-up to compatriot Chen Jin.

Chen was part of the Chinese team that won gold at the 2010 Thomas Cup in Kuala Lumpur. He only featured in their opening match against Peru, taking just 31 minutes to beat his opponent, before being replaced in the team by Bao Chunlai for the later rounds. Chen's first individual title of 2010 came at the Bitburger Open in Germany, where he beat Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21–3 12–21 21–9 in the final of the GP Gold event. His good form continued when he finished runner-up to Lin Dan at the China Masters two weeks later, going down 15–21 21–13 14–21 to the reigning Olympic champion.

Chen obtained a second team gold medal of the year with China at the Asian Games held in Guangzhou, but did not feature in the individual event. More success followed when he won the China Open Super Series two weeks later. His passage to the final included a controversial walkover by Lin Dan in the quarter-finals and a hard fought victory over current World champion Chen Jin in the semi-finals. In the final, he squared off against teammate Bao Chunlai, emerging the victor after 75 minutes of play. Chen's attempt at back-to-back Super Series titles came to an end at the hands of former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat in the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open the following week. Chen's strong finish to the year saw his world ranking rise to a career high of 3rd, briefly becoming the top ranked Chinese player.

2011[edit]

In the first tournament of the new season, Chen Long was convincingly beaten by world No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the semi-final of the Malaysia Open. It took just 39 minutes for the Malaysian to blow away the upcoming Chinese star with a score of 21–9 21–9. The effects of the demoralising defeat were still evident a week later when Chen lost in the second round of the Korea Open to Japanese player Kenichi Tago. His first individual title of the year came at the Thailand Open, where he beat experienced Korean player Lee Hyun-il in the final.

In August, Chen was eliminated in the first round of the World Championships by unheralded Guatemalan player Kevin Cordón in what was one of the shock results of the tournament. Cordón emerged the victor after clinching the third set 27–25 in a thrilling encounter. Chen sprang back from his shock exit from the World Championships by winning his first China Masters title after defeating his compatriot Chen Jin in the final. A week later, he won his first Japan Open by avenging his Malaysia Open loss to world No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the final. In October, Chen won his third consecutive Super Series tournament with another victory over Lee Chong Wei, this time in the final of the Denmark Open in its first year as a Premier Super Series event.

His highlights of the season were followed by an exit from semi-finals of Hong Kong Open and failure to defend his China Open title after losing to his compatriot, Lin Dan, in the final. He ended year 2011 with another runner-up in Super Series Master Finals, being beaten by Lin Dan again.

2012[edit]

Playing in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics

In 2012, Chen lost in the pre-quarterfinals of Indonesia Open 2012, to Parupalli Kashyap, 21-17, 21-14.[2]

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Chen was defeated in the semi-final of the Men's Singles by Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, 21-13, 21-14,[3] but went on to win bronze after defeating Lee Hyun-il in the Bronze medal match.[4][5]

2013[edit]

Chen won convincingly against Lee Chong Wei in the 2013 All England Open in the finals, 21-17, 21-18. Despite missing the last two Sudirman cup editions 2009 and 2011, Chen Long emerged as the first singles player to help China lift her fifth consecutive trophy in 2013 edition.

Achievements[edit]

Further information: Chen Long career statistics

Individual titles (15)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
2013 China Open China Wang Zhengming 19–21, 21–8, 21-14
2013 Denmark Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 24–22, 21–19
2013 All England Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 21–17, 21-18
2013 German Open Indonesia Tommy Sugiarto 21–17, 21–11
2012 Super Series Masters Finals China Du Pengyu 21–12, 21–13
2012 Hong Kong Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 21–19, 21–17
2012 China Open China Wang Zhengming 21–19, 21–18
2012 China Masters Hong Kong Hu Yun 21–11, 21–13
2011 Denmark Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 21–15, 21–18
2011 Japan Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 21–8, 10–21, 21–19
2011 China Masters China Chen Jin 21–16, 22–20
2011 Thailand Open South Korea Lee Hyun-il 21–8, 21–19
2010 China Open China Bao Chunlai 9–21, 21–14, 21–16
2010 Bitburger Open Denmark Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21–3, 12–21, 21–9
2009 Philippine Open Hong Kong Hu Yun 21–13, 21–6
Junior Tournaments
2007 World Junior Championships Japan Kenichi Tago 21–16, 21–14
2007 Asian Junior Championships Malaysia Mohd Arif Latif 18–21, 21–18, 22–20
     Super Series tournament
     Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ BWF World Ranking
  2. ^ "Kashyap upsets World No 3". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Chen Long at the Olympics". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Chen Long at the Olympics". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  5. ^ "China's Chen Long wins badminton singles bronze". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-08-05. [dead link]