Li Xuerui at the 2012 London Olympics
24 January 1991|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Career record||308 Win, 62 Loss|
|Highest ranking||1 (20 December 2012)|
|Current ranking||64 (20 September 2018)|
|Updated on 12:03, 20 May 2015 (UTC).|
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[update] she is the world No. 3 women's singles player and the 2012 Olympic singles champion. 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.
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.
2016: Rio Olympics heartbreak and injury issues
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
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. This was her first title in two years.
Individual titles (26)
Individual runners-up (18)
|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|
- BWF Major Event
- Continental Event
- World Tour
- Super Series Premier
- Super Series tournament
- Grand Prix Gold tournament
- Grand Prix tournament
- BWF World Ranking
- "Olympics badminton: China's Li wins women's singles gold". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
- "Li Xuerui clinches badminton gold". 2012-08-04.
- "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns one year after injury". Xinhua News Agency. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
- "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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