Zhang Nan (badminton)

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Zhang Nan
张楠
Zhao Yunlei & Zhang Nan Indonesia Open 2016.jpg
Zhang Nan (right) at the 2016 Indonesia Super Series Premier
Personal information
Country China
Born (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 28)
Beijing, China
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight74 kg (163 lb)[1]
HandednessRight
CoachZhang Jun
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking2 (MD 29 September 2016)
1 (XD 27 January 2011)
Current ranking3 (MD), 11 (XD) (20 September 2018)
BWF profile
Zhang Nan
Traditional Chinese張楠
Simplified Chinese张楠

Zhang Nan (born 1 March 1990) is a Chinese badminton player who specializes in both men's and mixed doubles. He found a lot of success in mixed doubles with his former partner Zhao Yunlei. They won gold in 2012 Summer Olympics, 3 golds in BWF World Championships in 2011,2014, 2015 and a gold in 2014 Asian Games. Having won all major events as a pair, they are considered as one of the most successful mixed doubles pairs of all time.

Having found huge success in mixed doubles with Zhao, Zhang partnered Fu Haifeng with whom he won gold in 2016 Summer Olympics. After which Fu retired and Zhang partnered Liu Cheng and became world champion in 2017 BWF World Championships.

Despite not being a hard hitter like most of the mixed doubles players, his control and read of the game are outstanding. Having won olympics and world champions in both disciplines, he is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time.

Career[edit]

Zhang played with Fu Haifeng in men's doubles and he paired with Zhao Yunlei in the mixed doubles.But now, he was paired with Liu Cheng in men's doubles and Li Yinhui in mixed doubles

2010[edit]

He participated in Thomas Cup 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, playing for China. He also played in Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou.

Zhang has achieved one of the three most prestigious badminton titles, winning the All England Open that year with Zhao Yunlei, winning over Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia, 21–18, 23–25, 21–18, the first pair to win the title as qualifiers.

Zhang has a more achievement with Zhao in the mixed doubles event rather than with Chai. Zhang and Zhao won 2010 Yonex Japan Open Super Series title after compatriot Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing 21–19 and 22–20. Meanwhile, Zhang and Chai's journey in Tokyo was ended by seniors Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in the semi-finals, losing 17–21 and 16–21.

In China Open Super Series, Zhang attended the men's and mixed doubles finals but he lost in both events. In the men's doubles, South Korea's Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung emerged as the winners as they downed Zhang and Chai in straight sets, 21–15 and 21–12. In the mixed doubles final, Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing took revenge with a 21–18, 21–17 triumph over Zhang and Zhao.

Zhang only played in mixed doubles in the last super series tournament of 2010, Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Super Series. seeded 5, he and Zhao reached the final but lost in a long three-set match against Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark 20–22, 14–21, and 22–20.

2011[edit]

Zhang and Zhao was qualified to play in VICTOR-BWF Super Series Finals 2010 in Taiwan. They became the winner by beating Thailand's Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam 21–17, 21–12 in the final.

Zhang and Chai also played in the VICTOR-BWF Super Series Finals 2010, yet both are conquered by Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung in the last four 15–21 and 11–21 in just 30 minutes.

Once again, Zhang and Zhao met Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing, now in Korea Open Super Series Premier final. Zhang and Zhao vanquished their teammates 21–17, 13–21, and 21–19 to become the first winners of Super Series Premier.

2012[edit]

In July–August at the London Olympics, He won the Mixed Doubles with Zhao Yunlei.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil China Fu Haifeng Malaysia Goh V Shem
Malaysia Tan Wee Kiong
16–21, 21–11, 23–21 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–7, 21–11 Bronze Bronze
2012 Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–11, 21–17 Gold Gold

BWF World Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, China China Liu Cheng China Li Junhui
China Liu Yuchen
15–21, 13–21 Bronze Bronze
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland China Liu Cheng Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Rian Agung Saputro
21–10, 21–17 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, China China Li Yinhui China Zheng Siwei
China Huang Yaqiong
21–19, 12–21, 10–21 Bronze Bronze
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia China Zhao Yunlei China Liu Cheng
China Bao Yixin
21–17, 21–11 Gold Gold
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–12, 21–23, 21–13 Gold Gold
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir
21-15, 18-21, 13-21 Bronze Bronze
2011 Wembley Arena, London, England China Zhao Yunlei England Chris Adcock
Scotland Imogen Bankier
21–15, 21–7 Gold Gold

Asian Games[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir
21–16, 21–14 Gold Gold
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Zhao Yunlei South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
19–21, 14–21 Silver Silver

Asian Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
China Liu Cheng Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
21–14, 12–21, 23–25 Bronze Bronze
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
China Fu Haifeng China Li Junhui
China Liu Yuchen
21–23, 19–21 Bronze Bronze
2011 Sichuan Gymnasium,
Chengdu, China
China Xu Chen China Cai Yun
China Fu Haifeng
19–21, 15–21 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
China Li Yinhui China Wang Yilü
China Huang Dongping
21–18, 18–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
16–21, 21–9, 21–17 Gold Gold
2013 Taipei Arena,
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
China Zhao Yunlei South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Kim Ha-na
20–22, 17–21 Silver Silver
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium,
Qingdao, China
China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–13, 21–12 Gold Gold
2011 Sichuan Gymnasium,
Chengdu, China
China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
15–21, 21–15, 25–23 Gold Gold

BWF World Junior Championships[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Badminton Stadium Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City,
Pune, India
China Lu Lu China Chai Biao
China Xie Jing
19–21, 15–21 Silver Silver

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China Chai Biao Malaysia Mak Hee Chun
Malaysia Teo Kok Siang
17–21, 18–21 Bronze Bronze
2007 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China Qiu Zihan Malaysia Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid
Malaysia Tan Wee Kiong
10–21, 13–21 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China Lu Lu South Korea Kim Ki-jung
South Korea Eom Hye-won
14–21, 21–15, 24–22 Gold Gold

BWF World Tour[edit]

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[2] 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.[3]

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 China Open Super 1000 China Li Yinhui China Zheng Siwei
China Huang Yaqiong
16–21, 9–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Dubai World Superseries Finals China Liu Cheng Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
16–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Denmark Open China Liu Cheng Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–16, 22–24, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Singapore Open China Fu Haifeng Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
21–11, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Japan Open China Fu Haifeng South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
19–21, 27–29 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Indonesia Open China Fu Haifeng South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
16–21, 21–16, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open China Fu Haifeng Indonesia Angga Pratama
Indonesia Ricky Karanda Suwardi
15–21, 21–11, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 All England Open China Fu Haifeng Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
17–21, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Denmark Open China Fu Haifeng South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
21–13, 25–23 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 China Masters China Chai Biao Japan Hiroyuki Endo
Japan Kenichi Hayakawa
21–18, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 China Open China Chai Biao South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
15–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 China Open China Li Yinhui Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 22–20, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Hong Kong Open China Zhao Yunlei China Liu Cheng
China Bao Yixin
21–17, 17–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 China Open China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–19, 17–21, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Korea Open China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–16, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Japan Open China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–17, 18–21, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Indonesia Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
17–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open China Zhao Yunlei China Lu Kai
China Huang Yaqiong
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Malaysia Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–16, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 All England Open China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–10, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Dubai World Superseries Finals China Zhao Yunlei China Liu Cheng
China Bao Yixin
21–15, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 China Open China Zhao Yunlei South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Eom Hye-won
23–25, 21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Japan Open China Zhao Yunlei Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Birgit Michels
21–12, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 All England Open China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Korea Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–18, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 World Superseries Finals China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–12, 19–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 French Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
28–26, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Denmark Open China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–11, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Japan Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 China Masters China Zhao Yunlei South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Eom Hye-won
21–18, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Indonesia Open China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
24–22, 20–22, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 All England Open China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Korea Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
13–21, 21–16, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 World Superseries Finals China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–17, 12–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–17, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Malaysia Open China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–12, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 World Superseries Finals China Zhao Yunlei China Xu Chen
China Ma Jin
21–13, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 China Open China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
21–11, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Hong Kong Open China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
15–21, 21–17, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Indonesia Open China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
20–22, 21–14, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Korea Open China Zhao Yunlei China Tao Jiaming
China Tian Qing
21–17, 13–21, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 World Superseries Finals China Zhao Yunlei Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
21–17, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Hong Kong Open China Zhao Yunlei Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
20–22, 21–14, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 China Open China Zhao Yunlei China Tao Jiaming
China Tian Qing
18–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Japan Open China Zhao Yunlei China Tao Jiaming
China Tian Qing
21–19, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 All England Open China Zhao Yunlei Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir
21–18, 23–25, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     Superseries Finals Tournament
     Superseries Premier Tournament
     Superseries Tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Swiss Open China Liu Cheng China Chai Biao
China Hong Wei
21–13, 16–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Macau Open China Lu Kai Chinese Taipei Lee Jhe-huei
Chinese Taipei Lee Yang
21–17, 18–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Chinese Taipei Open China Fu Haifeng Indonesia Markus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–13, 21–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Swiss Open China Fu Haifeng China Chai Biao
China Hong Wei
20–22, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 German Open China Chai Biao Chinese Taipei Chen Hung-ling
Chinese Taipei Lin Yu-lang
17–21, 21–13, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 German Open China Li Yinhui China Lu Kai
China Huang Yaqiong
22–20, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Thailand Masters China Li Yinhui Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–11, 20–22, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Macau Open China Li Yinhui Hong Kong Tang Chun Man
Hong Kong Tse Ying Suet
21–19, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Swiss Open China Tang Jinhua Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
20–22, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Bitburger Open China Zhao Yunlei Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Birgit Overzier
22–20, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Philippines Open China Lu Lu China Chen Zhiben
China Zhang Jinkang
22–20, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

Personal life[edit]

He started a relationship with his mixed doubles partner Zhao Yunlei in 2010. However, before 2016 Summer Olympics, Zhao Yunlei announced that she and Zhang Nan were no longer together.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Zhang Nan". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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