Alexandra Bruce (badminton)

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Alexandra Bruce
Personal information
Nickname(s) Alex, Brucie
Birth name Mary Alexandra Bruce
Country  Canada
Born (1990-05-27) May 27, 1990 (age 27)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Handedness Right
Women's
Highest ranking 149 (WS) April 15, 2010
20 (WD) September 20, 2012
23 (XD) October 29, 2015
BWF profile

Mary Alexandra "Alex" Bruce (born May 27, 1990) is a Canadian female badminton player from Toronto, Ontario. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's doubles event with partner Michelle Li.

Early career[edit]

She started playing badminton at aged 8. Her parents were members of a badminton club that put on clinics for kids. She won silver in doubles at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.[1] Bruce played for the University of Western Ontario, where she was named OUA Female Rookie of the Year in 2008. At the 2009 Canadian university and college national championships, she won two gold medals in doubles play, and a silver medal in women's singles.[2] At the 2010 Yonex National Championships, she and Martin Giuffre won the U23 Mixed Doubles title. Bruce also won bronze in Ladies' Singles, and silver in Ladies' Doubles with future Olympic partner Michelle Li.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Her parents are David and Cindy Bruce. Her older brother, Max played football at Queens University and the University of Manitoba. She graduated from Western University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Civil Structural Engineering).[1]

2012 Olympics[edit]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Bruce and Li finished last in the round-robin portion, losing all three of their matches.[4] However, the top two teams in the group were disqualified for attempting to intentionally lose matches so they would have an easier match-up in the quarterfinals.[5] The duo was advanced to their quarterfinals, where they defeated Australia's Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran. Bruce and Li finished in fourth place, the best Canadian finish in badminton at the Olympic Games.[4]

Achievements[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
Canada Phyllis Chan Brazil Lohaynny Vicente
Brazil Luana Vicente
20–22, 14–21 Bronze Bronze
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
Canada Michelle Li United States Iris Wang
United States Rena Wang
21–15, 21–15 Gold Gold

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
Canada Toby Ng United States Phillip Chew
United States Jamie Subandhi
9–21, 23–21, 12–21 Silver Silver

Pan Am Championships[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Markham Pan Am Centre,
Markham, Canada
Canada Phyllis Chan United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
9–21, 11–21 Bronze Bronze
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Canada Phyllis Chan United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
15–21, 13–21 Silver Silver
2012 Coliseo Manuel Bonilla, Miraflores,
Lima, Peru
Canada Phyllis Chan Canada Joycelyn Ko
Canada Christin Tsai
17–21, 21–17, 21–12 Gold Gold
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
Canada Michelle Li Canada Grace Gao
Canada Jocelyn Ko
21–16, 21–23, 12–21 Silver Silver

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Markham Pan Am Centre,
Markham, Canada
Canada Toby Ng United States Phillip Chew
United States Jamie Subandhi
21–16, 19–21, 21–18 Gold Gold
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Canada Toby Ng United States Howard Shu
United States Eva Lee
21–12, 23–21 Gold Gold
2012 Coliseo Manuel Bonilla, Miraflores,
Lima, Peru
Canada Derrick Ng Canada Phillipe Charron
Canada Phyllis Chan
21–5, 21–6 Gold Gold
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
Canada Kevin Li Canada Toby Ng
Canada Grace Gao
7–21, 9–21 Silver Silver
2009 Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad,
Guadalajara, Mexico
Canada Kevin Li Canada Alexander Pang
Canada Joycelin Ko
18–21, 21–19, 18–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Polish Open Canada Phyllis Chan India Pradnya Gadre
India N. Sikki Reddy
16–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Brazil International Canada Phyllis Chan Canada Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
11–10, 10–11, 11–8, 11–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Canadian International Canada Phyllis Chan United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
15–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Tahiti International Canada Michelle Li United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
13–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Peru International Canada Michelle Li Canada Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
21–18, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Finnish Open Canada Michelle Li Malaysia Chow Mei Kuan
Malaysia Lee Meng Yean
21–19, 12–21, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Canadian International Canada Michelle Li Canada Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
21–10, 13–21, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Puerto Rico International Canada Michelle Li Canada Grace Gao
Canada Joycelin Ko
24–22, 15–21, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Brazil International Canada Michelle Li United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
14–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Brazil International Canada Michelle Li United States Iris Wang
United States Rena Wang
11–21, 21–15, 21–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Banuinvest International Canada Michelle Li Romania Sonia Olariu
Romania Florentina Petre
21–15, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Brazil International Canada Toby Ng Austria David Obernosterer
Austria Elisabeth Baldauf
21–12, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 USA International Canada Toby Ng United States Phillip Chew
United States Jamie Subandhi
18–21, 25–23, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Canadian International Canada Toby Ng England Nathan Robertson
England Jenny Wallwork
9–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Tahiti International Canada Derrick Ng Australia Ross Smith
Australia Renuga Veeran
21–23, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Peru International Canada Derrick Ng Canada Toby Ng
Canada Grace Gao
10–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Canadian International Canada Derrick Ng Canada Toby Ng
Canada Grace Gao
15–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Guatemala International Canada Derrick Ng Canada Toby Ng
Canada Grace Gao
20–22, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alexandra Bruce". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Lam and Bruce superb combining for five medals as Western Mustangs badminton team wins national silver medal". Western Mustangs. May 20, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Giuffre and Butler successful at U-23 Nationals". Western Mustangs. May 25, 2010. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  4. ^ a b Lidell, Mackenzie (August 1, 2012). "Canada Gains from Badminton Scandal, Advances to Semis". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (August 1, 2012). "8 Badminton Players Disqualified for Throwing Matches". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 

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