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Iris Wang (Chinese: 王苑力; born September 2, 1994) is an American badminton player who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Iris Wang
Personal information
Country United States
Born (1994-09-02) September 2, 1994 (age 24)
Pasadena, California
ResidenceArcadia, California, U.S.
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
HandednessRight
Current ranking33 (May 5, 2016)
BWF profile

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Personal lifeEdit

Wang was born in Pasadena, California on September 2, 1994 to Chinese parents.[1] Her older sister, Rena Wang, is also an international badminton player.[2]

CareerEdit

Wang won a bronze medal in the women's doubles at the 2010 Pan Am Badminton Championships playing alongside her sister Rena.[1] In 2011, she was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage of the women's singles at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, after losing to Canadian player Michelle Li.[3] Competing alongside her sister Rena, Wang won a silver medal in the women's doubles.[2]

At the 2013 Pan Am Badminton Championships she won a silver medal in the team event as part of the United States squad.[1] Wang won the gold medal at the 2014 Brazil International tournament, defeating Lohaynny Vicente in the final.[4] She also won gold medals at the Mercosul International and Argentina International events.[1] She was part of the United States squad that won a team silver medal at the 2014 Pan Am Badminton Championships.[1]

At the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wang won a bronze medal in the women's singles.[1] She defeated Damaris Ortiz Prada of Venezuela, Luana Vicente of Brazil and Daniela Macias of Peru, before losing her semifinal to Rachel Honderich of Canada.[5]

In February 2016 Wang was part of the United States squad that won the women's team gold medal at the Pan American Team Continental Championships. Wang defeated Canada's Kyleigh O’Donoghue 21–12, 21–4, as the US won the final 3–2.[6]

As of May 5, 2016 Wang was ranked 33rd in the world for women's singles.[7] The 34 highest ranked athletes, with a maximum of two per nation, earned qualification for the women's singles event in at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[8] The United States Olympic Committee confirmed Wang's place in the United States team on May 10, 2016.[9]

AchievementsEdit

Pan American GamesEdit

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
  Rachel Honderich 15-21, 11-21   Bronze

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Rena Wang   Alex Bruce
  Michelle Li
15-21, 15-21   Silver

Pan Am ChampionshipsEdit

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
  Rena Wang   Grace Gao
  Joycelyn Ko
16-21, 21-19, 18-21   Bronze
2009 Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Rena Wang   Grace Gao
  Fiona McKee
17-21, 21-18, 18-21   Bronze

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Peru International  Karin Schnaase 6-21, 17-21   Runner-up
2015 Bangladesh International  Gadde Ruthvika Shivani 21-23, 21-19, 18-21   Runner-up
2015 Spanish International  Beatriz Corrales 13-21, 21-14, 21-15   Winner
2014 Brazil International  Lohaynny Vicente 11-5, 11-9, 11-7   Winner
2014 Argentina International  Bo Rong 21-12, 21-15   Winner
2014 Mercosul International  Bo Rong 18-21, 21-17, 21-15   Winner
2013 USA International  Zhang Beiwen 10-21, 12-21   Runner-up
2013 Santo Domingo Open  Lohaynny Vicente 21-18, 21-6   Winner

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Peru International   Rena Wang   Alex Bruce
  Michelle Li
21-11, 15-21, 8-21   Runner-up
2010 Brazil International   Rena Wang   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
21-14, 11-21, 12-21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Iris Wang Badminton". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Hearn, Don. "Iris Wang – America's young globetrotter". BAdminton World. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Canada captures tae kwon do gold at Pan Am Games". The Globe and Mail. October 17, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Morikawa, Kota. "Iris Wang Takes Gold at Brazil Int". Badminton Monthly. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Badminton - Athlete Profile Wang Iris". Official Website of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Pavitt, Michael (February 20, 2016). "Hosts Mexico and United States earn Pan American Team Badminton Championship crowns". Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "Race to Rio - BWF Olympic Qualification". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Olympic Qualification Regulations for Rio 2016". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Bonhert, Craig. "USA Badminton Qualifies In All Five Olympic Events For First Time In History, Announces Roster". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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