Li Xuerui

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Li Xuerui
Li Xuerui 2012.jpg
Personal information
Birth name李雪芮
Country China
Born (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 28)
Chongqing, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Years activeSince 2007
Retired17 October 2019
CoachChen Jin
Women's singles
Career record330 wins, 79 losses
Career title(s)27
Highest ranking1 (20 December 2012)
BWF profile
Li Xuerui
Traditional Chinese李雪芮
Simplified Chinese李雪芮

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.[1][2] 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.[3]

Career summary[edit]

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.

Li Xuerui at the US Open 2011


In 2008, she won gold medal the Asian Junior championship, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


In 2010, Li Xuerui won her first Grand Prix Gold title at the Macau Open, at the time in the final she defeated Adrianti Firdasari from Indonesia with a score of 21–18, 21–15.

Li won her first major tournament, the Asian 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 by defeating Wang Yihan with a score of 21–16, 16–21, 21–9.

Li won the prestigious Super Series Premier event title at the All England Open for the first time by beating Wang Yihan in the final with a score of 21–13, 21–19.

She then captured another international titles in India Open, China Open, and Hong Kong Open.

She has collected five Super Series titles, including the Super Series Final in Dubai which she won with defeated Wang Shixian in the final.

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.


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.

At the same year, she won three Super Series titles in the Indonesia Open, China Open and the Super Series Final.


In 2014, she succeeded to the World Championships final, then she lost to the Spanish player Carolina Marín with a score of 21–17, 17–21, 18–21.

Li managed to win four Super Series titles including successfully defending her title in Indonesia Open, other titles: Japan Open, Malaysia Open, and Denmark Open.


In 2015, Li Xuerui managed to defend her title at the Denmark Open at that time in the final she defeated P. V. Sindhu of India with a score of 21-19, 21-12.

2016 Summer Olympics: heartbreak and injury issues[edit]

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[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.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6]


Individual titles (27)[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
2018 Korea Masters China Han Yue 21–10, 21–18
Junior Tournaments
2008 Asian Junior Championships China Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–13

Individual runners-up (19)[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
2019 New Zealand Open South Korea 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


  1. ^ "Olympics badminton: China's Li wins women's singles gold". (in Chinese). 4 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ "李雪芮遭黑马逆转丢冠 称已尽力期待来年大满贯". (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ "探访奥运冠军林丹李雪芮母校:国立华侨大学". (in Chinese). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns one year after injury". Xinhua News Agency. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns to international badminton after 600 days". Xinhua News Agency. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ Sukumar, Dev (17 October 2019). "Li Xue Rui Announces Retirement". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 October 2019.

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