|Born||24 January 1991|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Years active||Since 2007|
|Retired||17 October 2019|
|Career record||330 wins, 79 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (20 December 2012)|
Li Xuerui (born 24 January 1991) is a retired Chinese professional badminton player, she is one of the most successful players of her time. She was a gold medalist at 2012 London Olympic in the women's singles event and was the silver medalists in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships. Li Xuerui had won fourteen Superseries titles, confirmed her name as China's second most successful player after Wang Yihan. She reached a career high of no. 1 in the women's singles for 124 weeks. Li graduated with a BA from Huaqiao University.
Li Xuerui started playing badminton since she was 7 years old, she began playing in local clubs in her hometown in Chongqing. She made her professional debut as a badminton player when she attended the Asia Junior championship which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In 2008, she won gold medal the Asian Junior championship, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 2012 season could be said to be the career peak for Li Xuerui. She made her first appearance at the Olympic Games, and on August 5, she won the London Olympic gold medal, in the final she defeated fellow compatriot Wang Yihan with the rubber games with a score of 21–15, 21–23, 21–17.
2016 Summer Olympics: heartbreak and injury issues
At the 2016 Summer Olympics women's singles semi-finals, Li Xuerui was defeated by world No. 1 Carolina Marín when she suffered injuries to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral meniscus. This forced her to withdraw from the bronze medal match against Nozomi Okuhara.
2018: Return to professional badminton
Li made her return to professional badminton at the 2017 National Games of China, where she played women's doubles but lost at the group stage. The reason for why she had played doubles instead of singles was that she was not yet fully recovered. In 2018, she made her return to international women's singles after a hiatus of 600 days at the 2018 Lingshui China Masters, which she won.
In 2019, she played 25 times with 11 wins and 14 losses, finished as the runner-up at the New Zealand Open, losing to South Korean youngster An Se-young with a score of 19–21, 15–21, then made to the quarter final at the All England Open, stopped by the 2017 World Champion from Japan Nozomi Okuhara with a score of 17–21, 14–21. On 17 October 2019, Li announced her retirement from the international tournament.
Individual titles (27)
Individual runners-up (19)
|Year||Tournament||Opponent in final||Score|
|2014||World Championships||Carolina Marín||21–17, 17–21, 18–21|
|2013||World Championships||Ratchanok Intanon||20–22, 21–18, 14–21|
|2014||Asian Games||Wang Yihan||21–11, 17–21, 7–21|
|2016||Asia Championships||Wang Yihan||14–21, 21–13, 16–21|
|2015||Asia Championships||Ratchanok Intanon||22–20, 21–23, 12–21|
|2013||Asia Championships||Wang Yihan||15–21, 13–21|
|2015||Malaysia Open||Carolina Marín||21–19, 19–21, 17–21|
|2014||All England Open||Wang Shixian||19–21, 18–21|
|2012||Indonesia Open||Saina Nehwal||21–13, 20–22, 19–21|
|2016||India Open||Ratchanok Intanon||17–21, 18–21|
|2014||French Open||Wang Shixian||15–21, 3–8r|
|2014||Singapore Open||Wang Yihan||11–21, 19–21|
|2014||India Open||Wang Shixian||20–22, 19–21|
|2013||Singapore Open||Wang Yihan||18–21, 12–21|
|2011||French Open||Wang Xin||15–21, 19–21|
|2010||French Open||Wang Yihan||13–21, 9–21|
|2015||Chinese Taipei Open||Wang Yihan||10–21, 9–21|
|2010||Korea Masters||Liu Xin||9–21, 14–21|
|2019||New Zealand Open||An Se-young||19–21, 15–21|
- BWF Major Event
- Continental Event
- BWF World Tour
- Super Series Premier
- Super Series tournament
- Grand Prix Gold tournament
- Grand Prix tournament
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