January 25, 1979 |
|Highest ranking||2 (2005)|
|Current ranking||Retired (in 2012)|
Pi Hongyan is one of a number of talented Chinese-born badminton players who have emigrated from China, in part, because of the intense competition to gain positions on its national team, and because of the elite status within the sport that such a player is likely to hold in other badminton playing countries. Her titles include women's singles at the U.S. (1999), German (2001, 2002), Bitburger (2001, 2002), Portugal (2001, 2003), Croatian (2004), French (2003, 2004, 2005), Dutch (2004), Swiss (2005), Denmark (2005), Singapore (2006) and India (2009) Opens. At the biennial European Championships she was a silver medalist in 2004 and a bronze medalist in 2008 and 2010. She was runner-up to China's Xie Xingfang at the prestigious All-England Championships in 2007. Pi has been at least a quarter-finalist in each of the last six consecutive BWF World Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011), with a bronze medal in 2009, as well as a quarter-finalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
- ""BWF World Rankings: Ranking week: 3/11/2010". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Another good-bye! French star Pi Hongyan retired from badminton and got a nice "salute" at today's semi-final in Paris.". Twitter. Badminton Europe. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
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