Zhou Mi (badminton)

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Zhou Mi
Personal information
Country Hong Kong
Born (1979-02-18) 18 February 1979 (age 40)
Nanning, Guangxi, China
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile

Zhou Mi (Chinese: 周蜜; pinyin: Zhōu Mì; Jyutping: zau1 mat6; born February 18, 1979 in Nanning, Guangxi) is a Chinese female badminton player. During much of her career she represented the People's Republic of China, but since 2007 she has represented Hong Kong which has a sports program and teams independent from those of the mainland. In 2010, she received a 2-year ban, for failing a drugs test.[1]

Career[edit]

Since 1998 Zhou has won more than twenty international singles titles on the world circuit and has achieved number one world rankings at various times. She was a silver medalist behind compatriot Gong Ruina at the 2001 IBF World Championships and was a bronze medalist at the 2003 Championships. She won women's singles at the quadrennial Asian Games in 2002, defeating Gong Ruina in the final. Zhou is a three-time finalist at the prestigious All-England Championships where she captured the title in 2003. She played singles for world champion Chinese Uber Cup (women's international) teams in 2002 and 2004.

Olympic Controversy[edit]

At the 2004 Athens Olympics Zhou reached the semifinal round where she was eliminated from gold medal contention by fellow countrywoman Zhang Ning. She then defeated Gong Ruina in the playoff for the bronze medal. The circumstances behind Zhou's semifinal defeat are controversial, however, because China's national coach Li Yongbo later confirmed rumors that he had instructed Zhou not to fight hard after she had dropped the first game to Zhang.[2][3] His rationale was that a fresh Zhang Ning would have a better chance to defeat a non-Chinese opponent, the Netherlands' Mia Audina, in the final.

"Retirement" and comeback[edit]

Whether the Olympic episode or subsequent injury and poor performance was the primary cause, Zhou apparently retired from badminton during the 2005 season. She played no tournaments in 2006 but secured residence in Hong Kong through its Quality Migration program. Zhou then reemerged on the world badminton circuit during the 2007 season.[4] From a weak start at the Singapore Open her results dramatically improved to the point where she had regained a number one world ranking as of the end of the year 2008.[5] Since launching her comeback Zhou's titles have included the New Zealand and Philippines Opens in 2007, and the Korea, India, Macau Opens, and China Masters in 2008. In December, Zhou ended the 2008 season by winning the BWF Super Series Masters Finals, the biggest prize money event in the sport.

Positive clenbuterol test and two years ban[edit]

The BWF announced on 4 September 2010 that a BWF Doping Hearing conducted in Copenhagen on Monday 23 August has banned Zhou Mi for 2 years from participation in badminton, following an Adverse Analytical Finding. A sample taken from her in late June as part of the BWF's 'out-of-competition' testing programme. Zhou tested positive to clenbuterol, a Class 1 Anabolic Agent on the WADA Prohibited List of substances.[6]

On 27 October 2011, more than one year after she was handed a two-year ban for testing positive for clenbuterol, former badminton world No. 1 Zhou Mi reiterated her innocence. "At the time of the test, I was not competing or preparing to compete. There was not even the slightest reason or incentive for me to take any performance-enhancing substance," said Zhou. Regardless of the incident, Zhou, now 32, added it was time for her to retire from the sport. Clenbuterol can be consumed from eating contaminated food.[7]

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall, Athens, Greece China Gong Ruina 11–2, 8–11, 11–6 Bronze Bronze

World Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England China Gong Ruina 2–11, 4–11 Bronze Bronze
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain China Gong Ruina 9–11, 4–11 Silver Silver

Asian Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea China Gong Ruina 11–1, 11–1 Gold Gold

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India China Liu Xin 15–21, 18–21 Bronze Bronze
2002 Bangkok, Thailand China Zhang Ning 6–11, 11–3, 11–8 Gold Gold

East Asian Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong Hong Kong Yip Pui Yin 21–15, 13–21, 10–17 Retired Silver Silver

World Junior Championships[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Silkeborg Hallerne,
Silkeborg, Denmark
China Zhu Feng China Cheng Rui
China Gao Ling
8–15, 14–17 Bronze Bronze

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines China Gong Ruina Silver Silver

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium,
Manila, Philippines
China Yu Hua Malaysia Chor Hooi Yee
Malaysia Lim Pek Siah
10–15, 6–15 Bronze Bronze

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[8] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, including five elevated as Premier Series, which introduced since 2011,[9] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2009 Singapore Open China Xie Xingfang 21–19, 18–21, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Malaysia Open Denmark Tine Rasmussen 17–21, 21–15, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Superseries Masters Finals Hong Kong Wang Chen 21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Denmark Open China Wang Lin 18–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 China Masters China Wang Lin 21–19, 19–21, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Japan Open China Wang Yihan 19–21, 21–17, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Singapore Open Denmark Tine Rasmussen 19–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Korea Open China Lu Lan 21–18, 15–21, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Malaysia Open Hong Kong Yip Pui Yin 16–21, 21–14, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Philippines Open China Wang Xin 10–21, 21–12, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 New Zealand Open New Zealand Rachel Hindley 21–10, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Macau Open Malaysia Julia Wong Pei Xian 21–13, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 India Open China Lu Lan 21–14, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Philippines Open China Zhu Jingjing 21–18, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Thailand Open China Zhu Lin 22–20, 5–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 New Zealand Open Japan Chie Umezu 21–13, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 China Masters China Zhang Ning 3–11, 11–5, 3–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 Singapore Open China Zhang Ning 5–11, 7–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Singapore Open China Zhang Ning 8–11, 1–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Malaysia Open China Zhang Ning 11–9, 7–11, 8–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 All England Open China Gong Ruina 7–11, 7–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 China Open China Gong Ruina 13–10, 11–1 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Denmark Open China Gong Ruina 11–4, 10–13, 3–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Malaysia Open Denmark Camilla Martin 11–1, 7–11, 11–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Singapore Open China Zhang Ning 0–11, 8–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 All England Open China Xie Xingfang 11–6, 11–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Singapore Open China Zhang Ning 11–6, 11–3 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Japan Open China Dai Yun 7–1, 7–0, 7–1 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 China Open China Gong Ruina 7–2, 7–0, 7–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 Malaysia Open China Gong Ruina 3–7, 2–7, 4–7 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Japan Open China Gong Ruina 11–8, 11–0 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 All England Open China Gong Zhichao 7–11, 3–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 World Grand Prix Finals China Gong Zhichao 7–5, 5–7, 7–1, 7–0 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Denmark Open Denmark Camilla Martin 1–11, 11–6, 11–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Dutch Open China Gong Ruina 11–7, 9–11, 11–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Thailand Open China Ye Zhaoying 5–11, 0–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 China Open China Gong Ruina 11–6, 11–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Denmark Open Denmark Camilla Martin 11–8, 3–11, 1–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Chinese Taipei Open China Dai Yun 5–11, 8–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Korea Open China Gong Ruina 11–6, 13–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Dutch Open China Yao Jie 10–13, 13–11, 11–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Brunei Open China Gong Ruina 7–11, 4–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Dutch Open China Tang Chunyu China Chen Lin
China Jiang Xuelian
9–15, 4–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Brunei Open China Yang Ming Indonesia Sandiarto
Indonesia Vera Octavia
13–18, 12–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2007 Miami Pan Am International Spain Lucía Tavera 21–7, 21–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 French International India Aparna Popat 11–0, 11–2 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bwfbadminton.org/news_item.aspx?id=39476
  2. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Miami Lakes Internationals - Zhou Mi back in Business, Badzine.net, 23 April 2007
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 14, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Zhou Mi banned for two years Badminton World Federation. Saturday, 04 September 2010.
  7. ^ Former No1 Zhou reiterates innocence over positive drug test The Standard. Friday, 28 October 2011
  8. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006.
  9. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.

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