She earned a bronze medal as a semifinalist at both the 1985 IBF World Championships and 1987 IBF World Championships in women's singles, dropping three set matches in each case to her compatriots Han Aiping and Li Lingwei respectively. She won women's singles at the Japan Open in 1984 and at the Denmark Open in 1984 and 1986. Zheng played on Uber Cup (women's international) championship teams for China in 1986 and 1988.
Since retiring from international competitions, Yuli has been living in Perth, Western Australia She runs the An-Yu Badminton Academy. See http://an-yubadminton.blogspot.com.au/ for updates.
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