Han Aiping

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Han Aiping
Personal information
Birth name韩爱萍
Country China
Born(1962-04-22)22 April 1962
Wuhan, China
Died16 October 2019(2019-10-16) (aged 57)
Wuhan, China

Han Aiping (Chinese: 韩爱萍; April 22, 1962 – October 16, 2019) was a Chinese badminton player in the 1980s who ranks among the greats of the woman's game. Noted for her superb overhead strokes, she and her teammate, rival, and sometimes doubles partner Li Lingwei dominated international singles play for most of the decade, each winning the IBF World Championships twice, and led Chinese teams to victory in Uber Cup (women's world team) competitions.[1]

She is one of the most successful players at the World Championships, with three gold medals, two of them in singles and another in women's doubles, plus a silver medal in both singles and doubles. At seventeen Han also won the short-lived World Badminton Federation's version of the World Championships in 1979, before China became a member of the International Badminton Federation.

Han retired in 1990[2] and was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998. She died on 16 October 2019 due to lung cancer.[3]

Major achievements[edit]

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1
1
Singles
Women's doubles
1985 Calgary, CAN
1 Singles 1987 Beijing, CHN
2 Singles 1983 Copenhagen, DEN
2 Women's doubles 1987 Beijing, CHN
Asian Games
1 Singles 1986 Seoul, KOR
World Grand Prix
1 Singles 1984, 1988 World Grand Prix finals
Other International Championships
1 Singles 1983, 1988 Japan Open
1
1
Singles
Women's Doubles
1983, 1988
1983, 1986, 1987
Badminton World Cup
1 Singles 1984 Dutch Masters
1 Singles 1984 Scananavian Cup
1
1
Singles
Women's doubles
1985, 1987
1985, 1986
Hong Kong Open
1 Singles 1985 All England Open
Doubles 1985
2 Singles 1984 All England Open
1 Singles 1985, 1988, 1989 Malaysia Open
1 Women's doubles 1985 Indonesia Open
1 Singles 1986 China Open
1 Singles 1985, 1988 Swedish Open
1 Singles 1988 German Open

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History Of Badminton". Badminton Secrets. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  2. ^ "Former world champion Han Aiping becomes Hubei's coach". Retrieved 2008-02-29.[dead link]
  3. ^ "愿天堂也有羽毛球 前世界冠军韩爱萍因病去世". Sina Sports. Retrieved 17 October 2019.