Iris Wang

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Iris Wang
Personal information
Country United States
Born (1994-09-02) September 2, 1994 (age 24)
Pasadena, California
ResidenceArcadia, California, U.S.
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
HandednessRight
Current ranking33 (May 5, 2016)
BWF profile

Iris Wang (Chinese: 王苑力; born September 2, 1994) is an American badminton player who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Personal life[edit]

Wang was born in Pasadena, California on September 2, 1994 to Chinese parents.[1] Her older sister, Rena Wang, is also an international badminton player.[2]

Career[edit]

Wang won a bronze medal in the women's doubles at the 2010 Pan Am Badminton Championships playing alongside her sister Rena.[1] In 2011, she was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage of the women's singles at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, after losing to Canadian player Michelle Li.[3] Competing alongside her sister Rena, Wang won a silver medal in the women's doubles.[2]

At the 2013 Pan Am Badminton Championships she won a silver medal in the team event as part of the United States squad.[1] Wang won the gold medal at the 2014 Brazil International tournament, defeating Lohaynny Vicente in the final.[4] She also won gold medals at the Mercosul International and Argentina International events.[1] She was part of the United States squad that won a team silver medal at the 2014 Pan Am Badminton Championships.[1]

At the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wang won a bronze medal in the women's singles.[1] She defeated Damaris Ortiz Prada of Venezuela, Luana Vicente of Brazil and Daniela Macias of Peru, before losing her semifinal to Rachel Honderich of Canada.[5]

In February 2016 Wang was part of the United States squad that won the women's team gold medal at the Pan American Team Continental Championships. Wang defeated Canada's Kyleigh O’Donoghue 21–12, 21–4, as the US won the final 3–2.[6]

As of May 5, 2016 Wang was ranked 33rd in the world for women's singles.[7] The 34 highest ranked athletes, with a maximum of two per nation, earned qualification for the women's singles event in at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[8] The United States Olympic Committee confirmed Wang's place in the United States team on May 10, 2016.[9]

Achievements[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
Canada Rachel Honderich 15-21, 11-21 Bronze Bronze

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Rena Wang Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Michelle Li
15-21, 15-21 Silver Silver

Pan Am Championships[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
United States Rena Wang Canada Grace Gao
Canada Joycelyn Ko
16-21, 21-19, 18-21 Bronze Bronze
2009 Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Rena Wang Canada Grace Gao
Canada Fiona McKee
17-21, 21-18, 18-21 Bronze Bronze

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Peru International GermanyKarin Schnaase 6-21, 17-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Bangladesh International IndiaGadde Ruthvika Shivani 21-23, 21-19, 18-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Spanish International SpainBeatriz Corrales 13-21, 21-14, 21-15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Brazil International BrazilLohaynny Vicente 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Argentina International United StatesBo Rong 21-12, 21-15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Mercosul International United StatesBo Rong 18-21, 21-17, 21-15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 USA International United StatesZhang Beiwen 10-21, 12-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Santo Domingo Open BrazilLohaynny Vicente 21-18, 21-6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Peru International United States Rena Wang Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Michelle Li
21-11, 15-21, 8-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Brazil International United States Rena Wang United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
21-14, 11-21, 12-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Iris Wang Badminton". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Hearn, Don. "Iris Wang – America's young globetrotter". BAdminton World. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Canada captures tae kwon do gold at Pan Am Games". The Globe and Mail. October 17, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Morikawa, Kota. "Iris Wang Takes Gold at Brazil Int". Badminton Monthly. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Badminton - Athlete Profile Wang Iris". Official Website of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Pavitt, Michael (February 20, 2016). "Hosts Mexico and United States earn Pan American Team Badminton Championship crowns". Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "Race to Rio - BWF Olympic Qualification". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Olympic Qualification Regulations for Rio 2016". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Bonhert, Craig. "USA Badminton Qualifies In All Five Olympic Events For First Time In History, Announces Roster". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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