Li Xuerui

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Li Xuerui
Li Xuerui 2012.jpg
Li Xuerui at the 2012 London Olympics
Personal information
Birth name 李雪芮
Country  China
Born (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 27)
Chongqing, China
Residence Beijing, China
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Handedness Right
Coach Chen Jin
Women's singles
Career record 308 Win, 62 Loss
Highest ranking 1 (20 December 2012)
Current ranking 64 (20 September 2018[1])
BWF profile
Updated on 12:03, 20 May 2015 (UTC).
Li Xuerui
Traditional Chinese 李雪芮
Simplified Chinese 李雪芮

Li Xuerui (born January 24, 1991 in Chongqing) is a badminton player from China and one of the most successful players of her time. As of August 2016 she is the world No. 3 women's singles player and the 2012 Olympic singles champion.[2][3][4] She graduated with a BA from Huachiao University and was the runner-up in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships.

Li Xuerui is one of the Chinese players with fourteen super series titles. She was one of the successful players to be Ranked No.1 in the World, for three years and she confirmed her name as China's second most successful player after Wang Yihan was in the Super Series tournament.

Career[edit]

In 2010, she won her first major tournament, the Badminton Asia Championships. In the final she defeated her compatriot, Liu Xin 21-13, 18-21, 21-19. In 2012, she repeated her success at the Asian Championships in 2010 by defeating Wang Yihan with a score of 21-16, 16-21, 21-9.

In 2012 she won the London Olympic gold medal, defeating compatriot Wang Yihan in the final 21-15, 21-23, 21-17.

In 2013 she won a silver medal in the World Championship when she was defeated by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon with a score of 22-20, 18-21, 14-21.

In 2014, she again managed to get into the final of the World Championships, but she lost to the Spanish player Carolina Marin with a score of 21-17, 17-21, 18-21.

2016: Rio Olympics heartbreak and injury issues[edit]

At the 2016 Rio Games, Li Xuerui was defeated in the semi-finals by world no.1 Carolina Marin 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[edit]

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".[5] 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.[6] This was her first title in two years.

Achievements[edit]

Individual titles (26)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
2012 Olympic Games China Wang Yihan 21–15, 21–23, 21–17
2012 Badminton Asia Championships China Wang Yihan 21–16, 16–21, 21–9
2010 Badminton Asia Championships China Liu Xin 21–13, 18–21, 21–19
2015 China Open India Saina Nehwal 21–12, 21–15
2015 Denmark Open India P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 21–12
2014 Denmark Open China Wang Yihan 21–17, 22–20
2014 Indonesia Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–13, 21–13
2014 Malaysia Open China Wang Shixian 21–16, 21–17
2013 Super Series Masters Finals Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–8, 21–14
2013 China Open China Wang Shixian 16–21, 21–17, 21–19
2013 Indonesia Open Germany Juliane Schenk 21–16, 18–21, 21–17
2012 Super Series Masters Finals China Wang Shixian 21–9, 15–4r
2012 China Open Thailand Ratchanok Inthanon 21–12, 21–9
2012 All England Open China Wang Yihan 21–13, 21–19
2012 Hong Kong Open China Wang Yihan 21–12, 11–3r
2014 Japan Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 21–6
2012 India Open Germany Juliane Schenk 14–21, 21–17, 21–8
2016 China Masters China Sun Yu 21–16, 19–21, 21–6
2016 German Open China Wang Shixian 21–14, 21–17
2012 German Open Germany Juliane Schenk 21–19, 21–16
2011 Bitburger Open Netherlands Yao Jie 21–8, 21–9
2011 Thailand Open China Jiang Yanjiao 14–21, 21–14, 21–14
2010 Macau Open Indonesia Adriyanti Firdasari 21–18, 21–15
2018 Lingshui China Masters South Korea Kim Ga-eun 16–21, 21–16, 21–18
2018 U.S. Open United States Zhang Beiwen 24–26, 21–15, 21–11
2018 Canada Open Japan Sayaka Takahashi 22–20, 15–21, 21–17
Junior Tournaments
2008 Asian Junior Championships China Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–13

Individual runners-up (18)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
2014 World Championships Spain Carolina Marín 21–17, 17–21, 18–21
2013 World Championships Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 20–22, 21–18, 14–21
2014 Asian Games China Wang Yihan 21–11, 17–21, 7–21
2016 Asia Championships China Wang Yihan 14–21, 21–13, 16–21
2015 Asia Championships Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 21–23, 12–21
2013 Asia Championships China Wang Yihan 15–21, 13–21
2015 Malaysia Open Spain Carolina Marín 21–19, 19–21, 17–21
2014 All England Open China Wang Shixian 19–21, 18–21
2012 Indonesia Open India Saina Nehwal 21–13, 20–22, 19–21
2016 India Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 17–21, 18–21
2014 French Open China Wang Shixian 15–21, 3–8r
2014 Singapore Open China Wang Yihan 11–21, 19–21
2014 India Open China Wang Shixian 20–22, 19–21
2013 Singapore Open China Wang Yihan 18–21, 12–21
2011 French Open China Wang Xin 15–21, 19–21
2010 French Open China Wang Yihan 13–21, 9–21
2015 Chinese Taipei Open China Wang Yihan 10–21, 9–21
2010 Korea Masters China Liu Xin 9–21, 14–21
     BWF Major Event
     Continental Event
     World Tour
     Super Series Premier
     Super Series tournament
     Grand Prix Gold tournament
     Grand Prix tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ BWF World Ranking
  2. ^ http://www.sportal.co.nz/article/news/tendulkar-hails-badmintons-new-number-one-nehwal/18g9t1tnagdqm168x3kogyzddf
  3. ^ "Olympics badminton: China's Li wins women's singles gold". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  4. ^ "Li Xuerui clinches badminton gold". 2012-08-04.
  5. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns one year after injury". Xinhua News Agency. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns to international badminton after 600 days". Xinhua News Agency. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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