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Li Xuerui (born 24 January 1991) is a badminton player from China and one of the most successful players of her time. She was a gold medalist at 2012 London Olympic in the women's singles event.[2][3][4] She graduated with a BA from Huachiao University and was the runner-up in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships.

Li Xuerui
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Li Xuerui at the US Open 2011
Personal information
Birth name李雪芮
Country China
Born (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 28)
Chongqing, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Years activeSince 2007
CoachChen Jin
Women's singles
Career record319 Win, 66 Loss
Career title(s)27
Highest ranking1 (20 December 2012)
Current ranking20 (3 September 2019[1])
BWF profile
Li Xuerui
Traditional Chinese李雪芮
Simplified Chinese李雪芮

Li Xuerui is one of the Chinese players with fourteen super series titles. She was one of the successful players to be Ranked No.1 in the World, for 124 weeks and she confirmed her name as China's second most successful player after Wang Yihan was in the Super Series tournament.

Badminton CareerEdit

Li Xuerui started playing badminton since 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.


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


In 2010, Li Xuerui won her first Grand Prix Gold title at the Macau Open, at the time 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.


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 another international titles in India Open, China Open, and Hong Kong Open.

She has collected five Super Series titles, including the Super Series Final in Dubai which she won with defeated 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 fellow compatriot Wang Yihan with the rubber games with a score of 21–15, 21–23, 21–17.


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

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


In 2014, she again managed to get into the final of the World Championships, but 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 his title in Indonesia Open, other titles namely Japan Open, Malaysia Open, and Denmark Open.


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

2016: Rio Olympics heartbreak and injury issuesEdit

At the 2016 Rio Games, Li Xuerui was defeated in the semi-finals 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".[5] 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.[6] This was her first title in two years.


Individual titles (27)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
2012 Olympic Games   Wang Yihan 21–15, 21–23, 21–17
2012 Badminton Asia Championships   Wang Yihan 21–16, 16–21, 21–9
2010 Badminton Asia Championships   Liu Xin 21–13, 18–21, 21–19
2015 China Open   Saina Nehwal 21–12, 21–15
2015 Denmark Open   P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 21–12
2014 Denmark Open   Wang Yihan 21–17, 22–20
2014 Indonesia Open   Ratchanok Intanon 21–13, 21–13
2014 Malaysia Open   Wang Shixian 21–16, 21–17
2013 Super Series Masters Finals   Tai Tzu-ying 21–8, 21–14
2013 China Open   Wang Shixian 16–21, 21–17, 21–19
2013 Indonesia Open   Juliane Schenk 21–16, 18–21, 21–17
2012 Super Series Masters Finals   Wang Shixian 21–9, 15–4r
2012 China Open   Ratchanok Inthanon 21–12, 21–9
2012 All England Open   Wang Yihan 21–13, 21–19
2012 Hong Kong Open   Wang Yihan 21–12, 11–3r
2014 Japan Open   Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 21–6
2012 India Open   Juliane Schenk 14–21, 21–17, 21–8
2016 China Masters   Sun Yu 21–16, 19–21, 21–6
2016 German Open   Wang Shixian 21–14, 21–17
2012 German Open   Juliane Schenk 21–19, 21–16
2011 Bitburger Open   Yao Jie 21–8, 21–9
2011 Thailand Open   Jiang Yanjiao 14–21, 21–14, 21–14
2010 Macau Open   Adriyanti Firdasari 21–18, 21–15
2018 Lingshui China Masters   Kim Ga-eun 16–21, 21–16, 21–18
2018 U.S. Open   Zhang Beiwen 24–26, 21–15, 21–11
2018 Canada Open   Sayaka Takahashi 22–20, 15–21, 21–17
2018 Korea Masters   Han Yue 21–10, 21–18
Junior Tournaments
2008 Asian Junior Championships   Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–13

Individual runners-up (19)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
2014 World Championships   Carolina Marín 21–17, 17–21, 18–21
2013 World Championships   Ratchanok Intanon 20–22, 21–18, 14–21
2014 Asian Games   Wang Yihan 21–11, 17–21, 7–21
2016 Asia Championships   Wang Yihan 14–21, 21–13, 16–21
2015 Asia Championships   Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 21–23, 12–21
2013 Asia Championships   Wang Yihan 15–21, 13–21
2015 Malaysia Open   Carolina Marín 21–19, 19–21, 17–21
2014 All England Open   Wang Shixian 19–21, 18–21
2012 Indonesia Open   Saina Nehwal 21–13, 20–22, 19–21
2016 India Open   Ratchanok Intanon 17–21, 18–21
2014 French Open   Wang Shixian 15–21, 3–8r
2014 Singapore Open   Wang Yihan 11–21, 19–21
2014 India Open   Wang Shixian 20–22, 19–21
2013 Singapore Open   Wang Yihan 18–21, 12–21
2011 French Open   Wang Xin 15–21, 19–21
2010 French Open   Wang Yihan 13–21, 9–21
2015 Chinese Taipei Open   Wang Yihan 10–21, 9–21
2010 Korea Masters   Liu Xin 9–21, 14–21
2019 New Zealand Open   An Se-young 19–21, 15–21
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     Super Series tournament
     Grand Prix Gold tournament
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  1. ^ BWF World Ranking
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  3. ^ "Olympics badminton: China's Li wins women's singles gold". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  4. ^ "Li Xuerui clinches badminton gold". 2012-08-04.
  5. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns one year after injury". Xinhua News Agency. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns to international badminton after 600 days". Xinhua News Agency. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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