Cai Yun

Cai Yun (born 19 January 1980) is a former professional badminton player representing China. He is the 2012 London Olympic gold medallist and a four-time World Champion in men's doubles. He is regarded as one of the greatest men's doubles player in his era.

Cai Yun
蔡赟
Cai yun.png
Personal information
Birth name蔡赟
Country China
Born (1980-01-19) 19 January 1980 (age 40)
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
HandednessRight
Men's doubles
Highest ranking1 (7 September 2006[2] with Fu Haifeng)
BWF profile
Updated on 09:27, 26 October 2013 (UTC).
Cai Yun
Traditional Chinese蔡贇
Simplified Chinese蔡赟

Sport careerEdit

Combining Cai Yun's impressive speed with his regular partner Fu Haifeng's impressive power, Cai and Fu have been one of the world's leading men's doubles teams since 2004. They have won numerous top tier events on the world circuit including the venerable All England Open Championships in 2005 and 2009. They have won the BWF World Championships 4 times in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, becoming the first Men's Doubles pair to achieve this feat. Cai and Fu have helped China win five consecutive Thomas Cup (Men's Team World Badminton Championships) (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012) and six consecutive Sudirman Cup (World Team Championships) (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015). Cai and Fu also competed together in the Olympic games 3 times, including the 2004, the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2004, and in 2008 in Beijing were silver medalists, losing a close final to Indonesia's Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

At the 2010 BWF World Championships, they, being the fifth-seed, beat the third-seed Danish pair Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21–11, 21–18 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they defeated the second-seed Indonesian Olympic Champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan 21–16, 21–13. In the finals, they overcame the first-seed and Malaysian world no. 1 Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 18–21, 21–18, 21–14 to win the world title for the 3rd time. They are the first Men's Doubles pair to achieve this feat.

Cai and Fu went on to win the Li-Ning China Masters Super Series. Being the fifth-seed, they first defeated their second-seed compatriots Xu Chen and Guo Zhendong 21–11, 21–16 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they made a great comeback against the third-seed South Korean rival Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung 20–22, 21–13, 21–17. Cai and Fu then clinched their second China Masters title by defeating the fourth-seed South Korean pair Yoo Yeon-seong and Ko Sung-hyun in 2 sets 21–14, 21–19. Cai and Fu won their third title in a row by winning the Yonex Japan Open Super Series. They, being the fifth-seed, beat the young Korean Pair Cho Gun-woo and Kwon Yi-goo 21–14, 16–21, 21–12 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they defeated their promising compatriots Zhang Nan and Chai Biao 21–17, 21–16. In the finals, they made a great comeback again against the first-seed and Malaysian world no. 1 Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 18–21, 21–14, 21–12 to win their first Japan Open title.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, they defeated Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the final to win the gold medal.

Having won 1 Olympic gold medal and 4 World Championship titles, as well as many other titles, Cai and Fu is one of the most successful men's doubles pairs in badminton history. They have expressed the will to continue their career together as long as they can after the London Olympics.

AchievementsEdit

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Lu Kai   Muhammad Ahsan
  Hendra Setiawan
12–21, 21–18, 16–21   Bronze

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 All England Open   Fu Haifeng   Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
15–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2007 Singapore Open   Fu Haifeng   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
16–21, 24–22 , 21–18   Winner
2007 Indonesia Open   Fu Haifeng   Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif
  Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari
21–17, 22–20   Winner
2007 China Masters   Fu Haifeng   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
21–15, 21–16   Winner
2007 French Open   Fu Haifeng   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2008 Korea Open   Fu Haifeng   Luluk Hadiyanto
  Alvent Yulianto
21–7, 20–22 ,21–17   Winner
2008 French Open   Xu Chen   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
18–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2009 All England Open   Fu Haifeng   Han Sang-hoon
  Hwang Ji-man
21–17, 21–15   Winner
2009 Indonesia Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
15–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2009 China Masters   Fu Haifeng   Guo Zhendong
  Xu Chen
Walkover   Runner-up
2010 Korea Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
11–21, 21–14 , 18–21   Runner-up
2010 China Masters   Fu Haifeng   Ko Sung-hyun
  Yoo Yeon-seong
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2010 Japan Open   Fu Haifeng   Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
18–21, 21–14 , 21–12   Winner
2011 Singapore Open   Fu Haifeng   Hendra Aprida Gunawan
  Alvent Yulianto Chandra
21–17, 21–13   Winner
2011 Indonesia Open   Fu Haifeng   Chai Biao
  Guo Zhendong
21–13, 21–12   Winner
2011 China Masters   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
17–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2011 Japan Open   Fu Haifeng   Mohammad Ahsan
  Bona Septano
21–13, 23–21   Winner
2011 Denmark Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
16–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2011 French Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
21–14, 15–21 , 11–21   Runner-up
2011 Hong Kong Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
14–21, 24–22 , 21–19   Winner
2012 Korea Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
18–21, 21–17 , 21–19   Winner
2012 All England Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
23–21, 9–21 , 14–21   Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open   Fu Haifeng   Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
21–16, 21–17   Winner
2014 Singapore Open   Lu Kai   Lee Sheng-mu
  Tsai Chia-hsin
21–19, 21–14   Winner
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

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) from 2007 to 2017. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2003 Malaysia Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Dong-soo
  Kim Dong-moon
15–17, 11–15   Runner-up
2003 German Open   Fu Haifeng   Eng Hian
  Flandy Limpele
15–9, 8–15, 4–15   Runner-up
2004 Swiss Open   Fu Haifeng   Luluk Hadiyanto
  Alvent Yulianto
15–9, 17–14   Winner
2004 Japan Open   Fu Haifeng   Ha Tae-kwon
  Kim Dong-moon
7–15, 15–6, 6–15   Runner-up
2004 Indonesia Open   Fu Haifeng   Luluk Hadiyanto
  Alvent Yulianto
8–15, 11–15   Runner-up
2005 German Open   Fu Haifeng   Jens Eriksen
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
6–15, 15–3, 15–10   Winner
2005 All England Open   Fu Haifeng   Lars Paaske
  Jonas Rasmussen
15–10, 15–6   Winner
2005 Malaysia Open   Fu Haifeng   Candra Wijaya
  Sigit Budiarto
11–15, 14–17   Runner-up
2005 Hong Kong Open   Fu Haifeng   Jens Eriksen
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
15–13, 15–9   Winner
2006 China Masters   Fu Haifeng   Jens Eriksen
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
17–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2006 Chinese Taipei Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jae-sung
21–14, 21–18   Winner
2006 Macau Open   Fu Haifeng   Guo Zhendong
  Zheng Bo
  Winner
2006 China Open   Fu Haifeng   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
16–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2008 Thailand Open   Fu Haifeng   Guo Zhendong
  Xie Zhongbo
21–17, retired   Winner
2015 Swiss Open   Lu Kai   Goh V Shem
  Tan Wee Kiong
21–19, 14–21, 21–17   Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament
Rank Event Date Venue
Olympic Games
1 Doubles 2012 London, United Kingdom
2 Doubles 2008 Beijing, China
World Championships
1 Doubles 2011 London, United Kingdom
1 Doubles 2010 Paris, France
1 Doubles 2009 Hyderabad, India
1 Doubles 2006 Madrid, Spain
3 Doubles 2013 Guangzhou, China
3 Doubles 2003 Birmingham, United Kingdom
World Cup
1 Doubles 2005 Yiyang, China
3 Doubles 2006 Yiyang, China
PRC National Games
1 Doubles 2009 Shandong, China
1 Doubles 2005 Jiangsu, China
International Tournaments
1 Doubles 2011 Badminton Asia Championships
1 Doubles 2006 Copenhagen Masters

Personal lifeEdit

Cai Yun married synchronised swimmer Wang Na in 2010. Wang Na gave birth to a daughter in 2012,[3] and to a second child in probably late 2014.[4][5] (Cai Yun's doubles partner-turned-coach Zhang Jun married Wang Na's teammate Hu Ni in 2006.)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cai and Fu: China’s new hope in men’s doubles Archived 2018-06-14 at the Wayback Machine, BadZine.net, 15 September 2006
  2. ^ https://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/index.php?threads/historical-1994-2008-top-25-world-ranking-data.182203/
  3. ^ Zhang Yuxiang (张宇翔) (2012-04-16). 王娜成都诞女 蔡赟当爹了 [Wang Na Gives Birth to a Daughter in Chengdu; Cai Yun Becomes a Father]. Chengdu Evening News (in Chinese).
  4. ^ Cai Yun (2016-03-15). "Blog post". WeChat (in Chinese). mentioned he had two babies.
  5. ^ Shunchan Nadianshi (2014-05-09). "Weibo post" (in Chinese). mentioned Wang Na was again pregnant.

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