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. She graduated with a BA from Huachiao University and was the runner-up in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships.
Li Xuerui at the US Open 2011
|Born||24 January 1991|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Years active||Since 2007|
|Career record||319 Win, 66 Loss|
|Highest ranking||1 (20 December 2012)|
|Current ranking||23 (2 July 2019)|
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.
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.
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.
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". 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. This was her first title in two years.
Individual titles (27)Edit
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|
- BWF World Ranking
- "Olympics badminton: China's Li wins women's singles gold". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
- "Li Xuerui clinches badminton gold". 2012-08-04.
- "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns one year after injury". Xinhua News Agency. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
- "Olympic champion Li Xuerui returns to international badminton after 600 days". Xinhua News Agency. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.