Li Jiawei

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Li Jiawei
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Li at the ITTP Pro Tour Liebherr Austrian Open in Wels, Austria, on 28 October 2007
Personal information
Full name Li Jiawei
Nationality  Singapore
Residence Singapore
Born (1981-08-09) 9 August 1981 (age 33)
Beijing, China
Playing style Right-handed shakehand grip[1][2]
Equipment(s) Stiga blade[2]
Highest ranking 3rd (Oct 2005)[3]
Club Beijing Holdings (in China Table Tennis Super League)
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[4]
Weight 60 kg (130 lb) (2008)[4]
Li Jiawei
Chinese 李佳薇
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li (Chinese: ; pinyin: ).

Li Jiawei (Chinese: 李佳薇; pinyin: Lǐ Jiāwēi; born 9 August 1981) is a China born Singaporean table tennis player who is ranked among the top ten athletes in her sport. Spotted by Singapore talent scouts in Beijing in 1995, she moved to Singapore and commenced her international career in competitive table tennis in 1996. She became a Singapore citizen at the age of 18 years under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme.

As a singles player, Li was ranked sixth in the world as of August 2008. Her highest ranking was in December 2005, when she was third. Li is also a key player for women's team and doubles, and mixed doubles events. She finished in fourth place in singles at both the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. On 15 August, the Singapore women's team composed of Li and her teammates Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu defeated South Korea 3–2 in the semifinals. However in the finals on 17 August, the team lost to China and obtained a silver medal, marking the first time that Singapore had won an Olympic medal since the nation's independence in 1965. The medal came 48 years after Tan Howe Liang won the country's first medal, a silver in weightlifting at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Li ended 2008 on a high, winning gold in the women's team event with Feng and Wang at the ITTF Pro Tour ERKE German Open in Berlin in November, and in the doubles with Sun Beibei at the ITTF Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals in Macau in December 2008.

Li won the women's team bronze medal with Feng and Wang at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She announced her retirement from competitive sports on 27 December 2012.

Early years[edit]

Li Jiawei, the only daughter of a government official and a housewife,[5] was born on 9 August 1981[6] in Beijing, People's Republic of China.[4] In 1990, Li was a student at the Beijing Shichahai Sports School.[7] She then entered the Beijing provincial team in 1994. Her skill in table tennis was recognized by Singaporean talent scouts and she was invited to train in Singapore under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme in 1996, returning to China once a year to visit her parents.[8] She began representing Singapore internationally in competitive table tennis the following year. At 18, she became a Singapore citizen.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Ranked 18th in the world in 2000,[9] Li achieved gold medals in the women's team,[10] women's doubles[11] and mixed doubles[12] events at the XVII Commonwealth Games held between 25 July and 4 August 2002 in Manchester, and was ranked eighth in November 2002.[3] The following year, in December 2003, Li was a member of the Singapore team which swept the top awards at the 23rd Southeast Asian Games in the women's team,[13] women's singles, women's doubles[14] and mixed doubles.[15]

Li in action at the ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr Austrian Open in Wels, Austria, on 28 October 2007

On 3 July 2004, Li took gold in the women's singles at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour US Open in Chicago.[16] Subsequently, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, she defeated the second-seeded China player Wang Nan but eventually finished in fourth place.[17] In 2005, she was second in the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals, and gained silver medals for the women's singles and mixed doubles at the 23rd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held between 28 November and 4 December 2005 in Manila. She was also the key player in the gold-winning women's team and women's doubles events.[9] In December 2005, she was ranked third in the world as a singles player.[3] She won an individual Singapore Youth Award in 2005 and was Her World magazine's Young Woman Achiever of 2005.[18]

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Li won gold for the women's team and women's doubles, and the silver medal for the women's singles and mixed doubles events. Subsequently, she won the women's singles at the ITTF Pro Tour Russia Open. She also achieved third place in the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals and the Women's World Cup, which are two of the most prestigious and difficult competitions in the table tennis arena. At the 15th Asian Games held from 29 November to 7 December 2006 in Doha, Qatar, she achieved three medals: a silver for the women's team event and two bronzes for the women's singles and mixed doubles.[9] The next year, she won gold in the singles at the ITTF Pro Tour Chinese Taipei Open in Taipei,[19] and helped Singapore to the top spots in the women's team[20] and mixed doubles[21] events at the 2007 SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand.

As at August 2008, Li was ranked sixth in the world.[3] She won the accolade of Sportswoman of the Year from the Singapore National Olympic Council five times in a row between 2002 and 2006, and received a Meritorious Award in 2007.[18][22]

At the club competition level, Li plays in the Chinese Table Tennis Super League. In 2008, she represented Peking University club,[23] and in 2010, she played for Beijing Holdings which consists of world champion Ding Ning as well.

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Li represented Singapore for the third time in the Olympic Games at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She was the flag-bearer for Team Singapore at the opening ceremony of the Games on 8 August, having requested the honour. She explained: "There has been so much debate over the foreign talent scheme. This is my way of showing everyone that everything I've ever achieved is because of Singapore."[24]

At the Beijing Olympics, table tennis team events are played in a best-of-five-matches format. Teams play two single matches followed by a doubles match. If there is no winner after these matches, the teams play a fourth singles match, and if necessary a rubber match to determine the winning team.[25] On 13 August, the Singapore women's table tennis team coached by Liu Guodong, comprising Li as the team captain and her teammates Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu, beat teams from the United States and Nigeria with comfortable 3–0 wins.[26] On 14 August, the Singapore team also defeated the Netherlands 3–0 to reach the semifinals, but not before a gruelling five-game doubles match against the Dutch players Li Jie and Elena Timina which Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu eventually won 3–2.[27] The next day, 15 August, the Singapore team defeated the South Korean team of Dang Ye-Seo, Kim Kyung-Ah and Park Mi-Young 3–2 in the semifinals, which went to five matches. Li lost her singles match to Korea's Kim, but beat Kim and Park in the doubles with her partner Wang. Singapore's Feng won both her singles matches against Dang and Park.[28]

Li speaking during a ceremony on 25 August 2008 welcoming Team Singapore home from the 2008 Summer Olympics, flanked by Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei

On 17 August, Li and her teammates gained Singapore a silver medal in women's table tennis after losing to China in three matches.[29] Li won the first game of her singles match, but was then defeated by her former Beijing Sports School teammate[7] Zhang Yining. In the doubles match, China's Zhang and Guo Yue bested Singapore's Li and Wang Yuegu. This marked the first time that Singapore had won an Olympic medal since the nation's independence in 1965. The medal came 48 years after Tan Howe Liang won the country's first medal, a silver in weightlifting in the lightweight category at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[30] Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong requested that the live English-language broadcast of his National Day Rally speech, which coincided with the table tennis finals, be postponed by a day. He also provided the audience with updates on the score, and made a conference call to Tan Eng Liang, Team Singapore's chef de mission, to congratulate the team.[31]

Li and her teammates received byes into the third round of the singles tournament.[32] Asked if she stood a chance of winning any more medals, she said: "I will try my best in every match. I definitely hope to win one more medal for Singapore."[33] She beat Croatia's Tamara Boroš in the third round, Hong Kong's Lin Ling in the fourth round, and the USA's Wang Chen in the quarter-finals.[34] However, on 22 August she was defeated in the semifinals 4–1 by Zhang Yining of China, ranked number one in the world, and lost the bronze medal 4–2 to China's Guo Yue. Thus placed fourth in the singles tournament, she equalled her performance in the 2004 Athens Olympics but again failed in her quest for an individual Olympic medal. After the bronze medal match, a tearful Li told reporters this would be her final Olympics.[35] At a victory celebration in Singapore on 25 August, Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, announced that Li, Feng and Wang would be presented with the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal). This is only the third time the medal will be awarded to athletes, the two previous recipients being weightlifter Tan Howe Liang (1962) and swimmer Joscelin Yeo (2006).[36]

Li has expressed interest in pursuing a communications degree at Peking University.[23] In October 2008 the Singapore Table Tennis Association said the Association and the Singapore Sports Council were prepared to offer her a scholarship to do so. Nevertheless, Li said that she wished to continue her career and to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics.[37][38]

In May 2009, the national table tennis women's team, composed of Li and her teammates Feng, Wang and Sun Beibei, were awarded the Team of the Year (Event) prize at the Singapore Sports Awards.[39]

Events between 2008 and 2012[edit]

On 22 November 2008, despite crashing out of the singles event earlier, Li and her teammates Feng and Wang won the top title and US$8,000 at the ITTF Pro Tour ERKE German Open in Berlin.[40] Li ended the year as top seed with Sun Beibei, achieving gold in the women's doubles at the ITTF Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals in Macau on 14 December 2008, the first time that Singapore had won this event.[41] They beat South Koreans Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi-Young 11–5, 6–11, 11–9, 11–8, 11–4.[42] Li was named Today newspaper's Singapore Athlete of the Year 2008.[41]

Li returned to the international stage in February 2010 after taking a year off from competitive table tennis to give birth to a child. Her first major competition – the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow – saw her and her teammates beating China in the finals to clinch gold. Li also had a series of good performances after her return. She guided the women's team to gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and went on to win the women's doubles title with Sun Beibei. She ended 2010 with a bang by winning the silver medal in the women's team event of the 16th Asian Games.[citation needed]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Li represented Singapore at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She participated in the women's team competition with Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu. They were beaten 0–3 by Japan in the semifinals, but took the bronze medal on 7 August 2012 by edging South Korea out 3–0. Feng defeated Kim Kyung Ah 11–9, 11–8, 4–11, 13–11; and Li also successfully fended off Seok Ha Jung 11–5, 11–8, 6–11, 11–8. Li and Wang then succeeded in the doubles game against Seok and Dang Ye Seo 11–9, 11–6, 6–11, 11–5. This marked the first time Singapore had won more than one medal at an Olympic Games.[43] Li, who was said to have been instrumental to the team's win,[44] called the achievement "the perfect birthday present" and commented: "It's been a really significant and meaningful Olympics for me. ... I managed to be very focused today and I would say this is one of my best performances." Asked whether she would compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she said that she had not given serious thought to retirement but would need to take a break to allow her long-standing knee injury to recover. "[W]e'll have to see how the situation is closer to the date."[45]

Retirement[edit]

Li announced her retirement from competitive sports on 27 December 2012.[46] Although she planned to relocate to Beijing with her husband and son, she said she hoped to continue her involvement with table tennis in Singapore.[47] The Singapore Table Tennis Association was said to be helping Li find employment in a Singapore company with operations based in China.[48]

Medals[edit]

Event Medal Date Competition
1997
Women's team Gold 1997 Commonwealth Championships
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Women's singles Bronze 1997 Commonwealth Championships
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Women's doubles Gold 1997 Commonwealth Championships
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Mixed doubles Gold 1997 Commonwealth Championships
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
1998
Women's team Gold 1998 1998 Southeast Asian Championships
Bangkok, Thailand
Women's singles Gold 1998 1998 Southeast Asian Championships
Bangkok, Thailand
Mixed doubles Gold 1998 1998 Southeast Asian Championships
Bangkok, Thailand
1999
Women's singles Bronze 1999 ITTF Pro Tour French Open
Lievin, France
Women's doubles Bronze 1999 ITTF Pro Tour Czech Republic Open
Prague, Czech Republic
Women's team Gold 7–15 August 1999 20th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Women's singles Gold 7–15 August 1999 20th SEA Games
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Women's doubles
(with Jing Junhong)
Gold 7–15 August 1999 20th SEA Games
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Mixed doubles
(with Duan Yongjun)
Bronze 7–15 August 1999 20th SEA Games
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
2000
Women's doubles Silver 2000 ITTF Pro Tour Swedish Open
Umeå, Sweden
Women's doubles Bronze 2000 ITTF Pro Tour Danish Open
Farum, Denmark
Women's doubles Bronze 2000 ITTF Pro Tour Polish Open
Warsaw, Poland
Women's doubles Bronze 2000 ITTF Pro Tour Brazil Open
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Women's doubles Bronze 2000 ITTF Pro Tour US Open
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Women's team Gold 2000 Commonwealth Championships
Singapore
Women's singles Gold 2000 Commonwealth Championships
Singapore
Women's doubles Gold 2000 Commonwealth Championships
Singapore
Mixed doubles Gold 2000 Commonwealth Championships
Singapore
Women's team Gold 2000 South East Asian Championships
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Women's singles Gold 2000 South East Asian Championships
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Women's doubles Gold 2000 South East Asian Championships
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mixed doubles Gold 2000 South East Asian Championships
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2001
Women's doubles Bronze 2001 ITTF Pro Tour Danish Open
Farum, Denmark
Women's doubles Silver 2000 ITTF Pro Tour China Open
Hainan, China
Women's team Gold 2001 Commonwealth Championships
Women's singles Gold 2001 Commonwealth Championships
Women's doubles Gold 2001 Commonwealth Championships
Mixed doubles[49]
(with Duan Yongjun)
Gold 2001 Commonwealth Championships
Women's team Gold 8–17 September 2001 21st SEA Games
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Women's singles Gold 8–17 September 2001 21st SEA Games
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Women's doubles
(with Jing Junhong)
Gold 8–17 September 2001 21st SEA Games
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mixed doubles
(with Duan Yongjun)
Bronze 8–17 September 2001 21st SEA Games
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2002
Women's singles[16] Silver 23–27 January 2002 ITTF Pro Tour Austria Open
Wels, Austria
Women's singles[50] Bronze 5 May 2002 ITTF Pro Tour Italian Open
Courmayeur, Italy
Women's team[10] Gold 25 July – 4 August 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games
Manchester, England, UK
Women's singles[51] Silver 25 July – 4 August 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games
Manchester, England, UK
Women's doubles[11]
(with Jing Junhong)
Gold 25 July – 4 August 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games
Manchester, England, UK
Mixed doubles[12]
(with Duan Yongjun)
Gold 25 July – 4 August 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games
Manchester, England, UK
Women's team Bronze 29 September – 14 October 2002 2002 Asian Games
Busan, Korea
Women's singles Bronze 29 September – 14 October 2002 2002 Asian Games
Busan, Korea
2003
Women's singles[52] Bronze 5 October 2003 ITTF Pro Tour Malaysian Open
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Women's doubles[53]
(with Jing Junhong)
Bronze 21 September 2003 ITTF Pro Tour Japan Open
Kobe, Japan
Women's doubles[54]
(with Jing Junhong)
Silver 7 September 2003 ITTF Pro Tour Korea Open
Jeju City, Jeju-do, South Korea
Women's team[13] Gold 12 December 2003 22nd SEA Games
Hanoi, Vietnam
Women's singles Gold 12 December 2003 22nd SEA Games
Hanoi, Vietnam
Women's doubles[14]
(with Jing Junhong)
Gold 5–13 December 2003 22nd SEA Games
Hanoi, Vietnam
Mixed doubles[15]
(with Cai Xiaoli)
Gold 5–13 December 2003 22nd SEA Games
Hanoi, Vietnam
2004
Women's singles Bronze 2004 Asian Cup
Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Women's team Gold 2004 Commonwealth Championships
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Women's singles[55] Bronze 7 May 2004 ITTF Pro Tour Egypt Open
Cairo, Egypt
Women's doubles[56]
(with Jing Junhong)
Bronze 7 May 2004 ITTF Pro Tour Egypt Open
Cairo, Egypt
Women's singles[57] Bronze 23 May 2004 ITTF Pro Tour Volkswagen Korea Open
Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Women's doubles[58]
(with Jing Junhong)
Bronze 23 May 2004 ITTF Pro Tour Volkswagen Korea Open
Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Women's singles[16] Gold 3 July 2004 ITTF Pro Tour US Open
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Women's doubles[16] Bronze 3 July 2004 ITTF Pro Tour US Open
Chicago, Illinois, USA
2005
Women's singles[59] Gold 12–15 January 2005 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr Slovenian Open
Velenje, Slovenia
Women's doubles[60]
(with Xu Yan)
Bronze 12–15 January 2005 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr Slovenian Open
Velenje, Slovenia
Women's singles[61] Silver 12 June 2005 ITTF Pro Tour Volkswagen Korean Open
Suncheon, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Women's singles[1] Silver 19 June 2005 ITTF Pro Tour TMS Chinese Taipei Open
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Women's singles[59] Gold 10 July 2005 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr US Open
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Women's singles Bronze 2005 Asian Championships
Jeju-do, South Korea
Women's team[62] Gold 30 November 2005 23rd SEA Games
Malate, Manila, Philippines
Mixed doubles[63]
(with Yang Zi)
Silver 2 December 2005 23rd SEA Games
Malate, Manila, Philippines
Women's doubles
(with Zhang Xueling)
Gold 3 December 2005 23rd SEA Games
Malate, Manila, Philippines
Women's singles[64] Silver 4 December 2005 23rd SEA Games
Malate, Manila, Philippines
Women's singles[65] Silver 11 December 2005 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
Fuzhou, People's Republic of China
2006
Women's singles[66] Bronze 22 January 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr Slovenian Open
Velenje, Slovenia
Women's doubles[67]
(with Zhang Xueling)
Bronze 22 January 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr Slovenian Open
Velenje, Slovenia
Women's doubles[68]
(with Zhang Xueling)
Bronze 27 January 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr Croatian Open
Zagreb, Croatia
Women's team[69]
(with Zhang Xueling, Sharon Tan, Xu Yan and Zena Sim)
Gold 20 March 2006 18th Commonwealth Games
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mixed doubles[70]
(with Cai Xiaoli)
Silver 24 March 2006 18th Commonwealth Games
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Women's doubles[71]
(with Zhang Xueling)
Gold 25 March 2006 18th Commonwealth Games
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Women's singles[72] Silver 26 March 2006 18th Commonwealth Games
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Women's singles Silver 5 March 2006 Asian Cup
Kobe, Japan
Women's singles[73] Bronze 1 October 2006 ITTF Sinkiang Women's World Cup
Ürümqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China
Women's singles[74] Gold 1–5 November 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Eurosib Russian Open
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Women's doubles[75]
(with Sun Beibei)
Gold 5 November 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Eurosib Russian Open
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Women's singles[74] Silver 12 November 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr German Open
Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany
Women's doubles[76]
(with Sun Beibei)
Gold 12 November 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr German Open
Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany
Women's team
(with Sun Beibei, Tan Paey Fern, Tan Yanzhen and Zhang Xueling)
Silver 1–15 December 2006 15th Asian Games
Doha, Qatar
Women's singles Bronze 1–15 December 2006 15th Asian Games
Doha, Qatar
Mixed doubles
(with Yang Zi)
Bronze 1–15 December 2006 15th Asian Games
Doha, Qatar
Women's singles[77] Bronze 17 December 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
Hong Kong
Women's doubles[78]
(with Sun Beibei)
Bronze 17 December 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
Hong Kong
Women's singles[79] Bronze 21 December 2006 Tournament of Champions
Changsha, People's Republic of China
2007
Women's singles[19] Gold 26 August 2007 ITTF Pro Tour Chinese Taipei Open
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Women's doubles[80]
(with Sun Beibei)
Silver 26 August 2007 ITTF Pro Tour Chinese Taipei Open
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Women's team[81]
(with Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu, Tan Paey Fern and Yu Mengyu)
Silver 19 September 2007 18th China Mobile Asian Table Tennis Championships
Yangzhou, Jiangsu, People's Republic of China
Women's doubles[82]
(with Wang Yuegu)
Silver 4 November 2007 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr French Open
Toulouse, France
Women's singles[83] Bronze 4 November 2007 ITTF Pro Tour Liebherr French Open
Toulouse, France
Women's team[20]
(with Sun Beibei, Tan Paey Fern, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Gold 5 December 2007 24th SEA Games
Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand
Mixed doubles[21]
(with Yang Zi)
Gold 8 December 2007 24th SEA Games
Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand
Women's doubles
(with Wang Yuegu)
Silver 9 December 2007 24th SEA Games
Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand
2008
Women's team[84]
(with Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu)
Silver 1 March 2008 Evergrande Real Estate World Team Table Tennis Championships
Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China
Women's doubles[85]
(with Sun Beibei)
Silver 16 March 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Kuwait Open
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Women's singles[86] Bronze 29–30 March 2008 2008 Asian Cup
Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan
Women's singles[87] Silver 20 April 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Brazil Open
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Women's doubles[88]
(with Sun Beibei)
Silver 20 April 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Brazil Open
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Women's singles[89] Gold 27 April 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Chile Open
Santiago, Chile
Women's doubles[90]
(with Sun Beibei)
Silver 27 April 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Chile Open
Santiago, Chile
Women's team[91]
(with Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu)
Silver 24 May 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Volkswagen Japan Open
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Women's doubles[92]
(with Sun Beibei)
Gold 8 June 2008 ITTF Pro Tour TMS Singapore Open
Singapore
Women's team[29]
(with Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu)
Silver 13–17 August 2008 2008 Summer Olympics
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Women's team[40]
(with Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu)
Gold 22 November 2008 ITTF Pro Tour ERKE German Open
Berlin, Germany
Women's doubles[42]
(with Sun Beibei)
Gold 14 December 2008 ITTF Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals
Macau
2009
Women's singles[93] Bronze 11 January 2009 Tournament of Champions
Changsha, People's Republic of China
2010
Women's team[94]
(with Feng Tianwei, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Gold 30 May 2010 Liebherr World Team Table Tennis Championships
Moscow, Russia
Women's singles[95] Bronze 15 August 2010 ITTF Pro Tour Korean Open
Incheon, South Korea
Women's team[96]
(with Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei, Yu Mengyu)
Silver 1 October 2010 World Team Cup
Dubai, UAE
Women's team[97]
(with Feng Tianwei, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Gold 8 October 2010 19th Commonwealth Games
New Delhi, India
Women's doubles[98]
(with Sun Beibei)
Gold 14 October 2010 19th Commonwealth Games
New Delhi, India
Women's team[99]
(with Feng Tianwei, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Silver 16 November 2010 16th Asian Games
GuangZhou, China
2011
Women's doubles[100]
(with Yu Mengyu)
Bronze 22 January 2011 ITTF Pro Tour Slovenian Open
Velenje, Slovenia
Women's singles[101]
Silver 12 June 2011 ITTF Pro Tour Brazil Open
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Women's doubles[102]
(with Wang Yuegu)
Gold 12 June 2011 ITTF Pro Tour Brazil Open
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Women's doubles[103]
(with Wang Yuegu)
Silver 10 July 2011 ITTF Pro Tour Japan Open
Kobe, Japan
Women's team[104]
(with Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei, Yu Mengyu)
Bronze 5 November 2011 World Team Cup
Magdeburg, Germany
Women's doubles[105]
(with Wang Yuegu)
Bronze 27 November 2011 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
London, England
2012
Women's doubles[106]
(with Sun Beibei)
Silver 11 February 2012 ITTF GAC Group World Tour Qatar Open
Doha, Qatar
Women's team[45]
(with Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu)
Bronze 7 August 2012 2012 Summer Olympics
London, United Kingdom

Personal life[edit]

Li first met Singaporean badminton player and fellow Olympian Ronald Susilo in 2002 at a sports meet.[5] They began dating after participating together in the Athens Olympics, and the "golden sports couple",[107] as they were dubbed by the media, announced their engagement in September 2004. About two years later there were rumours that they were breaking up, but these were denied by them at the time.[5] On 15 January 2008, when queried by a journalist, Susilo confirmed that he and Li had broken up amicably the previous week.[107] Following a report in The Sunday Times that Susilo was contemplating legal action against her to recover money he claimed to have spent in buying their condominium apartment and car, Li disagreed that Susilo had a share in the apartment and implied he was trying to affect her mood and thus her chances of winning a medal at the Beijing Olympics. Susilo declined to discuss the matter with the press, saying it was a private matter between Li and himself; he wished her all the best for the Olympics.[108] In October 2008 it was announced that Li and Susilo had settled their property dispute amicably. The terms of the settlement were confidential.[109]

On 26 September 2008, Li registered a marriage in Beijing with Li Chao,[110] a businessman based in that city; they were introduced by a mutual friend in March 2008.[37] Sources quoted by The Straits Times said Li had long wanted her children to bear her surname.[37][111] A lavish wedding banquet was held at the Beijing Hotel on 25 April 2009.[112] In November 2008 Li said she wished to have two to three children before turning 35, though this would not affect her table tennis career.[23] On 13 October 2009, she and her husband had their first child, a boy weighing 3.575 kilograms (7.88 lb). Her husband confirmed that they were "hoping for at least three kids, the more the merrier", and it was reported that Li would try for more children following the 2012 Summer Olympics. Li started training again in February 2010 and competed in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.[113]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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