Li Xuerui

Li Xuerui (born 24 January 1991) is a retired Chinese professional badminton player, she is one of the most successful players of her time. She was a gold medalist at 2012 London Olympic in the women's singles event and was the silver medalists in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships.[1][2] Li Xuerui won fourteen Superseries titles, confirming her status as China's second most successful player after Wang Yihan. She reached a career high of no. 1 in the women's singles for 124 weeks. Li graduated with a BA from Huaqiao University.[3]

Li Xuerui
Li Xuerui 2012.jpg
Personal information
Birth name李雪芮
Country China
Born (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 29)
Chongqing, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Years activeSince 2007
Retired17 October 2019
HandednessRight
CoachChen Jin
Women's singles
Career record330 wins, 79 losses
Career title(s)27
Highest ranking1 (20 December 2012)
BWF profile
Li Xuerui
Traditional Chinese李雪芮
Simplified Chinese李雪芮

Career summaryEdit

Li Xuerui started playing badminton when she was 7 years old. She began playing in local clubs in her hometown in Chongqing. She made her professional debut as a badminton player when she attended the Asia Junior championship which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 
Li Xuerui at the US Open 2011

2008Edit

In 2008, she won gold medal at the Asian Junior championship, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2010Edit

In 2010, Li Xuerui won her first Grand Prix Gold title at the Macau Open, in the final she defeated Adrianti Firdasari from Indonesia with a score of 21–18, 21–15.

Li won her first major tournament, the Asian Championships. In the final, she defeated her compatriot, Liu Xin, 21–13, 18–21, 21–19.

2012Edit

In 2012, she repeated her success at the Asian Championships by defeating Wang Yihan with a score of 21–16, 16–21, 21–9.

Li won the prestigious Super Series Premier event title at the All England Open for the first time by beating Wang Yihan in the final with a score of 21–13, 21–19.

She then captured other international titles in India Open, China Open, and Hong Kong Open.

She collected five Super Series titles, including the Super Series Final in Dubai which she won defeating Wang Shixian in the final.

The 2012 season could be said to be the career peak for Li Xuerui. She made her first appearance at the Olympic Games, and on August 5, she won the London Olympic gold medal, in the final she defeated compatriot Wang Yihan with a score of 21–15, 21–23, 21–17.

2013Edit

In 2013, she won a silver medal in the World Championship when she was defeated by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the final with a score of 22–20, 18–21, 14–21.

In the same year, she won three Super Series titles in the Indonesia Open, China Open and the Super Series Final.

2014Edit

In 2014, she reached the World Championships final, then she lost to the Spanish player Carolina Marín with a score of 21–17, 17–21, 18–21.

Li managed to win four Super Series titles including successfully defending her title in Indonesia Open, the other titles were: Japan Open, Malaysia Open, and Denmark Open.

2015Edit

In 2015, Li Xuerui managed to defend her title at the Denmark Open. In the final she defeated P. V. Sindhu of India with a score of 21-19, 21-12.

2016 Summer Olympics: heartbreak and injury issuesEdit

At the 2016 Summer Olympics women's singles semi-finals, Li Xuerui was defeated by world No. 1 Carolina Marín when she suffered injuries to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral meniscus. This forced her to withdraw from the bronze medal match against Nozomi Okuhara.

2018: Return to professional badmintonEdit

Li made her return to professional badminton at the 2017 National Games of China, where she played women's doubles but lost at the group stage. The reason for why she had played doubles instead of singles was that she was not yet fully recovered.[4] In 2018, she made her return to international women's singles after a hiatus of 600 days at the 2018 Lingshui China Masters, which she won.[5]

2019Edit

In 2019, she played 25 times with 11 wins and 14 losses. She reached the quarter final at the All England Open, stopped by the 2017 World Champion from Japan Nozomi Okuhara with a score of 17–21, 14–21.[6] After that, finished as the runner-up at the New Zealand Open, losing to South Korean youngster An Se-young with a score of 19–21, 15–21.[7]

She lost out to Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-18, 20-22, 6-21 ath Australian Open despite leading in the second game. Then afterwards, her career witnessed a huge downfall. She competed in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and China and lost in the first round in all the tournaments. She announced her retirement from the international circuit in the first round match against Sayaka Takahashi in Korea Open dated 17th October after trailing in the 2nd game 15-21, 3-11.[8]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom   Wang Yihan 21–15, 21–23, 21–17   Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Carolina Marín 21–17, 17–21, 18–21   Silver
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China   Ratchanok Intanon 20–22, 21–18, 14–21   Silver

Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea   Wang Yihan 21–11, 17–21, 7–21   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Wang Yihan 14–21, 21–13, 16–21   Silver
2015 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 21–23, 12–21   Silver
2013 Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan   Wang Yihan 15–21, 13–21   Silver
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium, Qingdao, China   Wang Yihan 21–16, 16–21, 21–9   Gold
2010 Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India   Liu Xin 21–13, 18–21, 21–19   Gold

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2008 Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–13   Gold

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[9] 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.[10]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300   An Se-young 19–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2018 Korea Masters Super 300   Han Yue 21–10, 21–18   Winner
2018 Canada Open Super 100   Sayaka Takahashi 22–20, 15–21, 21–17   Winner
2018 U.S. Open Super 300   Zhang Beiwen 24–26, 21–15, 21–11   Winner
2018 Lingshui China Masters Super 100   Kim Ga-eun 16–21, 21–16, 21–18   Winner

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.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 India Open   Ratchanok Intanon 17–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2015 China Open   Saina Nehwal 21–12, 21–15   Winner
2015 Denmark Open   P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 21–12   Winner
2015 Malaysia Open   Carolina Marín 21–19, 19–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2014 French Open   Wang Shixian 15–21, 3–8r   Runner-up
2014 Denmark Open   Wang Yihan 21–17, 22–20   Winner
2014 Indonesia Open   Ratchanok Intanon 21–13, 21–13   Winner
2014 Japan Open   Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 21–6   Winner
2014 Singapore Open   Wang Yihan 11–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2014 India Open   Wang Shixian 20–22, 19–21   Runner-up
2014 All England Open   Wang Shixian 19–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2014 Malaysia Open   Wang Shixian 21–16, 21–17   Winner
2013 Super Series Masters Finals   Tai Tzu-ying 21–8, 21–14   Winner
2013 China Open   Wang Shixian 16–21, 21–17, 21–19   Winner
2013 Singapore Open   Wang Yihan 18–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2013 Indonesia Open   Juliane Schenk 21–16, 18–21, 21–17   Winner
2012 Super Series Masters Finals   Wang Shixian 21–9, 15–4r   Winner
2012 Hong Kong Open   Wang Yihan 21–12, 11–3r   Winner
2012 China Open   Ratchanok Inthanon 21–12, 21–9   Winner
2012 Indonesia Open   Saina Nehwal 21–13, 20–22, 19–21   Runner-up
2012 India Open   Juliane Schenk 14–21, 21–17, 21–8   Winner
2012 All England Open   Wang Yihan 21–13, 21–19   Winner
2011 French Open   Wang Xin 15–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2010 French Open   Wang Yihan 13–21, 9–21   Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

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

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 China Masters   Sun Yu 21–16, 19–21, 21–6   Winner
2016 German Open   Wang Shixian 21–14, 21–17   Winner
2015 Chinese Taipei Open   Wang Yihan 10–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2012 German Open   Juliane Schenk 21–19, 21–16   Winner
2011 Bitburger Open   Yao Jie 21–8, 21–9   Winner
2011 Thailand Open   Jiang Yanjiao 14–21, 21–14, 21–14   Winner
2010 Korea Masters   Liu Xin 9–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2010 Macau Open   Adriyanti Firdasari 21–18, 21–15   Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

Performance timelineEdit

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A SF-B S G NH N/A

To avoid confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through 2016 Indonesia Open.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held G
6–0
Not Held 4th
4–1
1 / 2 10–1 91%
World Championships A NH Absent NH S
4–1
S
4–1
3R
1–1
NH 0 / 3 9–3 75%
World Superseries Finals NH Absent W
5–0
W
5–0
Absent 2 / 2 10–0 100%
Asian Championships Absent G
8–0
QF
2–1
G
5–0
S
4–1
A S
4–1
S
4–1
2 / 6 27–4 87%
Asian Games Not Held A Not Held S
3–1
Not Held 0 / 1 3–1 75%
East Asian Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0
Team Competitions
Uber Cup NH A NH A NH G
2–0
NH G
6–0
NH G
5–0
3 / 3 13–0 100%
Sudirman Cup A NH A NH A NH G
3–0
NH G
3–0
NH 2 / 2 6–0 100%
Asian Games Not Held A Not Held G
3–0
Not Held 1 / 1 3–0 100%
Uber Cup Asia preliminaries Not Held S
4–0
Not Held A 0 / 1 4–0 100%
East Asian Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0
BWF World Superseries Premier
All England Open Absent 2R
1–1
W
5–0
1R
0–1
F
4–1
2R
1–1
QF
2–1
1 / 6 13–5 72%
Malaysia Open Absent 2R
1–1
QF
2–1
A W
5–0
F
4–1
2R
1–1
1 / 5 13–4 76%
Indonesia Open Absent 2R
1–1
F
4–1
W
5–0
W
5–0
2R
1–1
2R
1–1
2 / 6 17–4 81%
Denmark Open Absent QF
2–1
QF
2–1
QF
2–1
QF
2–1
W
5–0
W
5–0
A 2 / 6 18–4 82%
China Open Q1
0–1
QF
3–1
SF
5–1
2R
1–1
SF
3–1
W
5–0
W
5–0
A W
5–0
A 3 / 8 27–5 84%
BWF World Superseries
India Open NH Absent W
5–0
A F
4–1
A F
4–1
1 / 3 14–2 88%
Singapore Open Absent QF
4–1
Absent F
4–1
F
4–1
Absent 0 / 3 12–3 80%
Australian Open QF
2–1
SF
3–1
0 / 2 5–2 71%
Japan Open Absent 1R
0–1
W
5–0
QF
2–1
A 1 / 3 7–2 78%
Korea Open Absent 1R
0–1
QF
2–1
1R
0–1
A QF
2–1
A 0 / 4 4–4 50%
French Open Absent F
4–1
F
4–1
Absent F
4–1
QF
2–1
A 0 / 4 14–4 78%
Hong Kong Open Absent W
5–0
QF
2–1
A 1R
0–1
A 1 / 3 7–2 78%
BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix
Malaysia Masters Not Held Q1
0–1
Absent 0 / 1 0–1 0%
German Open Absent W
5–0
QF
2–1
Absent W
5–0
2 / 3 12–1 92%
China Masters Absent 1R
1–1
2R
1–1
1R
0–1
QF
1–1
SF
3–1
Absent W
5–0
1 / 6 11–5 69%
Chinese Taipei Open Absent F
4–1
A 0 / 1 4–1 80%
U.S. Open Absent QF
2–1
Absent 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Thailand Open Absent NH W
5–0
Absent NH Absent 1 / 1 5–0 100%
Bitburger Open Absent 2R
1–1
W
5–0
Absent 1 / 2 6–1 86%
Korea Open Absent F
4–1
SF
3–1
Absent 0 / 2 7–2 78%
Macau Open Absent Q2
1–1
W
5–0
SF
3–1
Absent 1 / 3 9–2 82%
Career Statistics
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Tournaments Played 1 1 4 9 14 15 14 12 14 10 94
Titles 0 0 0 2 2 9 4 6 3 3 29
Finals Reached 0 0 0 4 4 11 7 12 6 5 49
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 3–1 7–4 30–7 32–12 58–5 39–10 52–6 36–11 34–7 291–64
Win Percentage 0% 75% 64% 81% 73% 92% 80% 90% 77% 83% 81.97%
Year End Ranking[11] 146 11 9 1 1 1 3 8

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympics badminton: China's Li wins women's singles gold". www.bbc.co.uk (in Chinese). 4 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ "李雪芮遭黑马逆转丢冠 称已尽力期待来年大满贯". sports.163.com (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ "探访奥运冠军林丹李雪芮母校:国立华侨大学". www.chinanews.com (in Chinese). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns one year after injury". Xinhua News Agency. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns to international badminton after 600 days". Xinhua News Agency. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Okuhara beats Li Xuerui".
  7. ^ "A new star is born".
  8. ^ "Li Xuerui announces Retirement".
  9. ^ Alleyne, Gayle (19 March 2017). "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 12 June 2020.
  10. ^ Sukumar, Dev (10 January 2018). "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 24 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Badminton World Federation – Historical Ranking".
  12. ^ "Li Xue Rui Head to Head". bwf.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

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