Xie Xingfang

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Xie Xingfang
Personal information
Birth name 谢杏芳
Country  China
Born (1981-01-08) January 8, 1981 (age 35)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb; 9.4 st)
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest ranking 1 (April 7, 2005[1])
Updated on 09:44, 26 October 2013 (UTC).
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Xie (谢).
Xie Xingfang
Traditional Chinese 謝杏芳
Simplified Chinese 谢杏芳

Xie Xingfang (born January 8, 1981, in Guangzhou, Guangdong) is a female badminton player from the China. She is a two-time world champion women's singles.

Her first big title was in girl's doubles, with her provincial team mate Zhang Jiewen, at the World Junior Championships in 1998. She has also won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in mixed doubles with Cai Yun. Yet once she entered the Chinese national team, she switched to singles. 2004 was her "break-out" year as she won several top tier titles on the world circuit. Xie and her senior compatriot and rival Zhang Ning were the most dominant international women's singles players of the mid and late parts of the decade, though they were pressed by younger teammates such as Zhu Lin, Lu Lan, Jiang Yanjiao and Wang Yihan. Due to her height and slender figure, she is regarded to have elegant movement. Xie's strengths were her reach, quickness, consistency, and court sense. She was a member of China's world champion Uber Cup teams of 2004, 2006, and 2008.

Her last appearance as a player in a major badminton competition, came at the National Games of China in October 2009.

During much of her badminton career Xie was romantically involved with fellow Chinese badminton star Lin Dan. In 2006 Xie and Lin won their respective women's and men's singles titles at the IBF World Championships in Madrid. Xie had also won the world title in 2005 when Lin finished second to Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat. Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan were married in Guangzhou, China, on Dec 13th 2010, after 7 years of dating.

Major achievements[edit]

Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Singles 2006 Madrid, ESP
1 Singles 2005 Anaheim, CA, USA
2 Singles 2009 Hyderabad, IND
5 Singles 2003 Birmingham, GBR
Asian Games
1 Team 2006 Doha, QATAR
Thomas & Uber Cup
1 Team 2008 Jakarta, INA
1 Team 2006 Japan
1 Team 2004 Jakarta, INA
World Grand Prix
1 Singles 2007 China Masters Super Series
1 Singles 2007 Yonex All England Super Series
1 Singles 2007 Yonex German Open
1 Singles 2007 Yonex Korea Open Super Series
1 Singles 2006 Hong Kong Open
1 Singles 2006 Yonex All England Open
1 Singles 2005 Yonex All England Open
1 Singles 2005 German Open
1 Singles 2004 Djarum Indonesia Open
1 Singles 2004 China Open
1 Singles 2004 German Open
1 Singles 2004 Realkredit Denmark Open
2 Singles 2007 Aviva Open Singapore Super Series
2 Singles 2006 Yonex Japan Open
2 Singles 2006 Chinese Taipei Open
2 Singles 2006 China Masters
2 Singles 2005 China Open
2 Singles 2005 Hong Kong Open
2 Singles 2005 Yonex Japan Open
2 Singles 2003 Yonex All England Open
3 Singles 2006 Proton Eon Malaysia Open
3 Singles 2005 China Masters
3 Singles 2003 China Open
3 Singles 2003 Proton Eon Malaysia Open
3 Singles 2002 Realkredit Denmark Open
3 Singles 2002 China Open
3 Singles 2002 Singapore Open


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