Michelle Li (badminton)

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Michelle Li
BCA Indonesia Open 2017 - Michelle Li.jpg
Personal information
Birth nameMichelle Li Man-shan
Country Canada
Born (1991-11-03) November 3, 1991 (age 27)
Hong Kong
ResidenceMarkham, Ontario, Canada
Height1.72m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Years active2006
HandednessRight
CoachJennifer Lee
Mike Butler
Women's singles
Highest ranking11 (13 November 2014)
Current ranking18 (1 November 2018)
BWF profile
Michelle Li
Traditional Chinese李文珊
Simplified Chinese李文珊

Michelle Li (Chinese: 李文珊, Lǐ Wénshān) (born November 3, 1991) is a Canadian badminton player from Markham, Ontario.[1] Li is the 2014 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Michelle Li was born in Hong Kong to Chi Keung Li and Agnes Kwong, together with brother Mark they moved to Canada in 1997. An active child, she started playing badminton at age 11 with her mom at the local community center. A friend introduced her to her current club where she began lessons and competing locally in small tournaments. She started competing internationally when she was around 17 years old. Li graduated from Richmond Hill High School and is an undergraduate student at Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto.

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]

Michelle had multiple surgeries in 2016 to fix naggling injuries sustained earlier in her career. She took a year off in 2017 to heal from the surgeries and to focus on a comeback for 2018. After deeming herself fully fit she entered the stage relatively quietly in 2018 until she made a landmark win against the 3rd seed Ratchanok Intanon in round 16 of the All England Open. Up until this point Michelle has never defeated Intanon. Michelle's progress was clear as she moved quickly around the court playing much lighter on her feet than her previous years.

During the 2018 Thomas Uber Cup, Li once again proved to her competitors she's a new force to reckon with. She defeated India's Saina Nehwal (21-15, 16-21, 16-21), an achievement as Li has never defeated Nehwal in the past. Li spearheaded Canada to their first ever Uber Cup semi-final and there she defeated Sung Ji Hyun (21-14, 21-15). Canada eventually lost 3-1 to Korea.

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, Ontario, 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, Ontario, 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
2018 Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium,
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Canada Rachel Honderich 21–15, 21–16 Gold Gold
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

Mixed'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 World Tour[edit]

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[10] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[11]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Macau Open Super 300 China Han Yue 23–25, 21–17, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

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
2017 Dutch Open United States Zhang Beiwen 16–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 U.S. Open Japan Aya Ohori 11–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
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 16–21, 21-15, 21-8 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. Archived from the original on October 31, 2011. 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.
  10. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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