Xia Xuanze

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Xia Xuanze
Personal information
Country China
Born (1979-01-05) January 5, 1979 (age 40)
Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
HandednessRight
EventMen's singles
Updated on 15:18, 28 October 2013 (UTC).
Xia Xuanze
Traditional Chinese夏煊澤
Simplified Chinese夏煊泽

Xia Xuanze (born January 5, 1979 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang) is a former male badminton player from China who played singles at the world level from the late 1990s through the first few years of the 21st century. Now he is a singles coach for the national team of China.

Player attributes[edit]

Xia's game was marked by impressive speed and agility, aggressive and accurate net play, and adequate, if not overwhelming, overhead power. The power he used in his legs allowed him to "play the shot" very early. This attribute, combined with very sophisticated and consistent deceptive shots, gave some of his opponents the opportunity to win very few points at all.

Career[edit]

At one time or another he experienced victory in most of badminton's biggest events. The exception came in his sole appearance at the Olympics when he was beaten in the semifinals of the 2000 Games in Sydney by Indonesia's Hendrawan. Xia settled for a bronze medal there after defeating Denmark's Peter Gade in the playoff for third place.[1] Earlier in that season Xia had won the prestigious All-England Championships over eighteen-year-old Taufik Hidayat. He captured men's singles at the IBF World Championships in 2003 by defeating Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann. Finally, in international team play, he was a member of the Chinese squad that ended a long drought by capturing the highly coveted Thomas Cup (men's world team competition and trophy) in 2004.

In 2010 Thomas Cup, Xia coached Chen Jin, witnessing his country win 3-0 over Indonesia for their fourth consecutive Thomas Cup.

In 2017 Xia Xuanze together with Zhang Jun replaced Li Yongbo as head coach of the Chinese badminton team. [2]

Major achievements[edit]

Rank Event Year Venue
Olympic Games
3 Singles 2000 Sydney, AUS
World Championships
1 Singles 2003 Birmingham, ENG
Sudirman Cup
1 Team 2001 Seville, ESP
Thomas Cup
1 Team 2006 Sendai and Tokyo, JPN
1 Team 2004 Jakarta, INA
Asian Championships
1 Singles 2001 Manila, PHI
Other International Championships
1 Singles 1999 Dutch Open
1 Singles 1999 German Open
1 Singles 2000 All England Open
1 Singles 2000 Swiss Open
1 Singles 2000 World Grand Prix finals
1 Singles 2001 China Open
1 Singles 2003 Japan Open
1 Singles 2004 Korea Open

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Xia Xuanze". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/92/72/83/1493285332467.html