Michelle Li (badminton)

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Michelle Li
Personal information
Birth name Michelle Li Man-shan
Country  Canada
Born (1991-11-03) November 3, 1991 (age 25)
Hong Kong
Residence Markham, Ontario
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest ranking 11 (November 13, 2014)
Current ranking 35 (February 23, 2017)
BWF profile

Michelle Li (born November 3, 1991) is a Canadian female badminton player from Markham, Ontario.[1] She graduated from Richmond Hill High School. Li is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and the first Canadian to win an individual gold medal in women's singles badminton at the Commonwealth Games. She has won gold in both singles and doubles at the Pan American Games, and won the singles and team event titles from the Pan Am Badminton Championships. As a competitor for Ontario, Li also won singles, doubles, and mixed team titles at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

Career[edit]

One of Li's early notable performances came at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There she won gold in the women's singles event and followed that performance with a gold in the doubles event with Alexandra Bruce. Due to this success she was then named the flag bearer for Team Ontario at the closing ceremonies for the games.[2]

Later that year Li was the gold medal winner in the women's doubles event alongside Bruce at the 2011 Pan American Games.[3] Li would then go on the next day to win the women's singles competition, completing a second games double gold appearance that year, this time in Guadalajara.[4]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Bruce and Li finished last in the round-robin portion of the women's doubles tournament, losing all three of their matches.[5] However, the top two teams in the group were disqualified for attempting to intentionally lose matches so they would have an easier match-up in the quarterfinals.[6] The duo was advanced to their quarterfinals, where they defeated Australia's Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran. Bruce and Li finished in fourth place, the best Canadian finish in badminton at the Olympic Games.[5]

In 2013, Li entered into the finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold, defeating Hong Kong top player Yip Pui Yin in the semi-finals, making her the first Pan American athlete to ever enter into a singles final of a Grand Prix Gold event since that series began in 2007. In 2014, she also entered into the quarter-finals of the All England Open Badminton Championships Super Series Premier, beating Tai Tzu-ying in the first round, making her, in 35 years, the first Canadian player to enter at the least the quarter-finals of this prestigious tournament. Later in 2014, Li won the Canada Open Grand Prix, making her the first home player to win this title ever since it became a Grand Prix event.

Li won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games defeating Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the final.[7] She thus became the first Canadian woman to win a singles gold in Commonwealth badminton.[8]

At the 2015 Pan American Games, Li successfully defended her title, defeating fellow Canadian Rachel Honderich in the final.[9]

Achievements[edit]

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland
Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21-14, 21-7 Gold Gold

Pan American Games[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
Canada Rachel Honderich 21-15, 21-9 Gold Gold
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
Canada Joycelyn Ko 21-12, 21-13 Gold Gold

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
Canada Rachel Honderich United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
11-21, 8-21 Bronze Bronze
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
Canada Alex Bruce United States Iris Wang
United States Rena Wang
21-15, 21-15 Gold Gold

Pan Am Championships[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Markham Pan Am Centre,
Markham, Canada
Canada Rachel Honderich 21-13, 21-16 Gold Gold
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
United States Jamie Subandhi 21-8, 21-6 Gold Gold
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
United States Cee Nantana Ketpura 21-17, 17-21, 19-21 Silver Silver

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Canada Grace Gao United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
21-16, 11-21, 6-21 Bronze Bronze
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
Canada Alex Bruce Canada Grace Gao
Canada Jocelyn Ko
21-16, 21-23, 12-21 Silver Silver

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Club de Regatas,
Lima, Peru
Canada Adrian Liu Canada Toby Ng
Canada Valerie Loker
14-21, 15-21 Bronze Bronze

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Canada Open United States Zhang Beiwen Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Canada Open Japan Kaori Imabeppu 21-17, 25-23 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Canada Open Chinese Taipei Pai Yu-po 21-16, 23-21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Macau Open India Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 15-21, 12-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Peru International United States Disha Gupta 21-10, 21-10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Czech International Ukraine Marija Ulitina 21-14, 21-17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Belgian International Germany Karin Schnaase 11-6, 11-2, 11-6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Peru International United States Zhang Beiwen 25-27, 19-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Brazil International Brazil Lohaynny Vicente 13-21, 19-21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Canadian International Canada Christin Tsai 21-14, 21-19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Maldives International Indonesia Hana Ramadhini 21-8, 21-13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Tahiti International Canada Nicole Grether 21-8, 21-13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Peru International Japan Ai Goto 21-23, 21-14, 21-15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Finnish Open Netherlands Yao Jie 20-22, 19-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Canadian International Belgium Lianne Tan 21-14, 21-11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Puerto Rico International Greece Anne Hald Jensen 21-13, 29-27 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Brazil International Japan Kana Ito 21-15, 21-15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Guatemala International Switzerland Jeanine Cicognini 21-15, 21-13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Dutch International Scotland Susan Egelstaff 18-21, 21-13, 15-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Canadian International Japan Hitomi Oka 21-15, 12-21, 21-23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Peru International Japan Manami Ebuchi 18-21, 17-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Czech International Canada Rachel Honderich Russia Irina Khlebko
Russia Elena Komendrovskaja
21-12, 21-17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Peru International Canada Grace Gao Canada Joycelin Ko
Canada Christin Tsai
21-15, 21-18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Tahiti International Canada Alex Bruce United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
13-21, 12-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Peru International Canada Alex Bruce Canada Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
21-18, 21-18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Finnish Open Canada Alex Bruce Malaysia Chow Mei Kuan
Malaysia Lee Meng Yean
21-19, 12-21, 21-16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Canadian International Canada Alex Bruce Canada Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
21-10, 13-21, 21-16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Puerto Rico International Canada Alex Bruce Canada Grace Gao
Canada Joycelin Ko
24-22, 15-21, 21-11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Brazil International Canada Alex Bruce United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obanana
14-21, 17-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Brazil International Canada Alex Bruce United States Iris Wang
United States Rena Wang
11-21, 21-15, 21-8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Banuinvest International Canada Alex Bruce Romania Sonia Olariu
Romania Florentina Petre
21-15, 21-14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Peru International Canada Derrick Ng United States Christian Yahya Christianto
United States Eva Lee
16-21, 18-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 USA International Canada Toby Ng United States Halim Haryanto Ho
United States Jing Yu Hong
21-16, 21-15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Brazil International Chinese Taipei Yang Chih-hsun United States Phillip Chew
United States Jamie Subandhi
13-21, 19-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michelle Li Guadalajara profile". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Mike Hayakawa (February 27, 2011). "Golden Markham athlete carries flag in closing ceremonies". YorkRegion.com. 
  3. ^ "Pan Am Games: Canadian Trail". CBC Sports. October 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Canada wins 5 golds at Pan Am Games". CBC News. October 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Lidell, Mackenzie (August 1, 2012). "Canada Gains from Badminton Scandal, Advances to Semis". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (August 1, 2012). "8 Badminton Players Disqualified for Throwing Matches". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Scot Kirsty Gilmour misses out on badminton gold". BBC News Online. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Michelle Li wins historic badminton gold". CBC. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Michelle Li wins gold in women's badminton at Pan Am Games". The Globe and Mail. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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