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Marc Zwiebler (German pronunciation: [ˈmaʁk ˈtsviːblɐ]) (born 13 March 1984) is a badminton player from Germany.[1] His highest ranking is 10 in the world. He is a seven-time German national champion in men's singles. He won gold at the 2012 European Championships in Karlskrona over Henri Hurskainen 21–15, 21–13. 2010 he won bronze behind Peter Gade and Jan Ø. Jørgensen. By reaching the third round at the 2008 Olympics[3] and the final of 2009 Denmark Open, one of premier tournament competition series BWF World Superseries, Zwiebler is considered as Germany's top badminton player of all time.

Marc Zwiebler
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Zwiebler in Mainz, 2012
Personal information
Country Germany
Born (1984-03-13) 13 March 1984 (age 35)[1]
Bonn-Bad Godesberg,
West Germany
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Years active2000
2017
HandednessLeft
CoachHolger Hasse
Jacob Øhlenschlæger
Xuyan Wang[2]
Men's singles
Career title(s)16
Highest ranking10 (5 May 2016)
BWF profile

Contents

Badminton careerEdit

Zwiebler started at the age of six years to play badminton. Soon, he was regarded as the biggest German talent. He was 19 times German youth and junior champion in 2003 he became European junior champion and won his first international title at the senior.

In 2005, he was plagued by pain in the back, he thought was ordinary sore muscles until the pain had worsened significantly and he could no longer play just before Christmas 2005. With the diagnosis of herniated disc, his career was in jeopardy and thus moved his dream of participating at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in further distance. After an operation in late 2006 and six months of rehabilitation and fitness training with a total of one and a half year absence, he started to chase after the Olympic qualification. After the enforced break, he was given no more in the world ranking, but within eight months he fought his way, including six European Badminton Circuit titles in 27th place in the world ranking and gave themselves enough to make participation in the Olympics.

At the 2008 Olympics, Zwiebler beat Ireland's Scott Evans in the first round and England's Andrew Smith in the second round, each in three sets. As the first German player ever he went there one last sixteen, but lost to South Korea's Lee Hyun-il 13–21, 11–21.

At 2009 World Championships in Hyderabad, he lost to Kenichi Tago in the second round 15–21, 10–21.

At 2009 Denmark Open, Zwiebler defeated the number four seeded Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann in the first round in three sets. It was followed by a victory over his unseeded compatriot Muhammad Hafiz Hashim in three sets before he won against the number eight seeded China's Chen Long in two sets. In the semifinals, he finally won over the reigning World Cup bronze medalist and runner-up of 2007 Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro in three sets. He became the first ever German to reach the final of a Super Series tournament in Denmark, but lost to Indonesia's Simon Santoso 14–21, 6–21.

At prestigious 2011 All England, Zwiebler beat the reigning world champion China's Chen Jin 21–18, 22–20 in the second round, but defeated in the semifinals from the 2008 Olympic champion and four-time world champion China's Lin Dan 9–21, 21–16, 11–21.

He also steered Germany into the semi-finals of the 2010 European Men's Team Championships,[4] where they lost to eventual champions Denmark.[5] Later that year, he gained a bronze medal at the European Championships after losing to Peter Gade in the semifinals in a thrilling match 21–18, 12–21, 17–21.

In July 2011, Zwiebler won the Canada Open and thus his first BWF Grand Prix title, he beat in the final the 2004 Olympic champion and 2005 world champion Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat 21–13, 25–23, he is already ten days earlier in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open to beat.

In April 2017, Zwiebler announced his retirement on his personal Facebook page. He stated that the European Championships, Sudirman Cup, Thailand Open, Indonesia Open, and 2017 BWF World Championships will be his last tournaments.[6][7]

ResultsEdit

Men's singlesEdit

 
Marc Zwiebler at 2011 U.S. Open in Orange, California
Outcome Year Venue / Tournament Last opponent Score
  Olympic Games
9/16 2008   Beijing   Lee Hyun-il 13–21, 11–21
9/16 2012   London   Chen Jin 21–19, 12–21, 9–21
IBF/BWF World Championships
9/16 2010   Paris   Peter Gade 14–21, 15–21
9/16 2013   Guangzhou   Tommy Sugiarto 19–21, 14–21
17/32 2009   Hyderabad   Kenichi Tago 15–21, 10–21
17/32 2011   London   Pablo Abián 17–21, 21–7, 22–24
17/32 2014   Copenhagen   Chen Long 11–21, 10–21
17/32 2015   Jakarta   Lee Chong Wei 14–21, 21–17, 8–21
33/64 2005   Anaheim   Tiến Minh Nguyễn 13–15, 16–17
EBU/BE European Championships
Gold 2012   Karlskrona   Henri Hurskainen 21–15, 21–13
Bronze 2010   Manchester   Peter Gade 21–18, 12–21, 17–21
Bronze 2016   La Roche-sur-Yon   Viktor Axelsen 10–21, 21–23
17/32 2008   Herning   Dieter Domke 15–21, 13–21
17/32 2014   Kazan   Vladimir Ivanov 14–21, 22–24
33/64 2004   Geneva   Eric Pang 12–15, 3–15
German National Championships (DBV)
Gold 2005   Bielefeld   Björn Joppien 15–6, 10–15, 15–13
Gold 2008   Bielefeld   Björn Joppien 21–19, 21–14
Gold 2009   Bielefeld   Björn Joppien 22–20, 22–20
Gold 2010   Bielefeld   Dieter Domke 21–11, 21–13
Gold 2011   Bielefeld   Lukas Schmidt 21–18, 21–12
Gold 2012   Bielefeld   Dieter Domke 21–12, 21–23, 21–15
Gold 2013   Bielefeld   Lukas Schmidt 21–18, 21–12
Gold 2015   Bielefeld   Fabian Roth 21–13, 23–21
Bronze 2003   Bielefeld
International tournaments
1 2003   French Open   Joachim Fischer Nielsen 15–3, 8–15, 15–12
3/4 2004   Dutch Open   Kenneth Jonassen 9–15, 7–15
2 2004   Norwegian International   Björn Joppien 4–15, 5–15
3/4 2004   Iceland International   Bobby Milroy 13–15, 15–2, 11–15
3/4 2004   Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Kasper Ødum 15–11, 2–15, 13–15
2 2004   Scottish International   Arvind Bhat 8–15, 7–15
3/4 2005   Portuguese International   Arif Rasidi 12–15, 0–15
3/4 2005   Bitburger Open   Kasper Ødum 15–13, 3–15, 4–15
1 2007   Belgian International   Wu Yunyong 21–16, 14–21, 21–19
3/4 2007   Bitburger Open   Lee Tsuen Seng 10–21, 23–21, 15–21
1 2007   Norwegian International   Kasper Ødum 21–15, 11–21, 23–21
1 2007   Welsh International   Irwansyah 21–16, 21–13
2 2007   Irish International   Peter Mikkelsen 19–21, 18–21
1 2007   Hellas International   Raju Rai 21–14, 21–16
1 2008   Swedish International Stockholm   Jan Ø. Jørgensen 21–13, 23–21
1 2008   Polish International   Ville Lång 21–15, 21–13
1 2008   European Badminton Circuit Finals   Ville Lång 21–14, 19–21, 21–19
2 2009   Finnish International   Peter Mikkelsen 14–21, 21–16, 20–22
1 2009   Belgian International   Christian Lind Thomsen 21–13, 16–21, 21–15
2 2009   Denmark Open   Simon Santoso 14–21, 6–21
2 2009   Norwegian International   Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21–15, 18–21, 19–21
1 2009   Scottish International   Peter Mikkelsen 21–15, 15–21, 21–16
1 2010   Belgian International   Eric Pang 21–15, 21–17
3/4 2011   All England   Lin Dan 9–21, 21–16, 11–21
3/4 2011   Morocco International   Joachim Persson 12–21, 15–21
3/4 2011   U.S. Open   Tiến Minh Nguyễn 22–20, 13–21, 18–21
1 2011   Canada Open   Taufik Hidayat 21–13, 25–23
3/4 2011   Bitburger Open   Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21–17, 17–21, 16–21
2 2012   Bitburger Open   Chou Tien-chen 19–21, 12–21
2 2013   Indonesia Open   Lee Chong Wei 15–21, 14–21
2 2013   Bitburger Open   Chou Tien-Chen 21–13, 18–21, 15–21
3/4 2014   German Open   Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 16–21, 13–21
2 2014   Belgian International   Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 8–11, 11–10, 9–11, 9–11
1 2014   Czech International   Joachim Persson 21–13, 21–18
1 2014   Bulgarian International   Scott Evans 21–15, 21–8
3/4 2014   China Open   Srikanth Kidambi 11–21, 7–13 Retired
3/4 2015   Indonesia Open   Jan Ø. Jørgensen 17–21, 5–11 Retired
3/4 2015   Canada Open   Ng Ka Long Angus 17–21, 15–21
1 2015   Prague Open   Zvonimir Đurkinjak 26–24, 21–11
3/4 2015   Bitburger Open   Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21–18, 12–21, 11-21
2 2015   Italian International   Brice Leverdez 17-21, 21-14, 24-26
1 2015   Turkey International   Harsheel Dani 21-8, 15-21, 21-7
2 2016   Swiss Open   H. S. Prannoy 18-21, 15-21
Legend
BWF World Superseries Finals
BWF World Superseries Premier
BWF World Superseries
BWF Grand Prix Gold
BWF Grand Prix (until 2006 IBF World Grand Prix)
BE Circuit Finals
BE Circuit / International Challenge

BWF Super Series (Premier)Edit

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 SSF Ranking[8]
2007                           83
Q
2008                           44
Q 1R 1R 1R 2R
2009                           30
2R 1R 1R 1R F 1R
2010                           13
2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R QF QF 1R 1R
2011                           13
2R 2R SF 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R
2012                           25
QF 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R QF
2013                           14
2R 1R 1R F QF 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R
2014                           19
2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R SF 1R
2015                           14
2R 1R 1R 1R 1R SF 1R 1R - - 1R 2R

Germany national teamEdit

Outcome Year Venue Last opponent Score
Thomas Cup
5/8 2010   Kuala Lumpur   Japan
(Kenichi Tago)
1–3
(21–15, 18–21, 18–21)
5/8 2012   Wuhan   South Korea
(Lee Hyun-il)
0–3
(16–21, 21–18, 14–21)
9/12 2008   Jakarta   Japan
(Shōji Satō)
2–3
(21–19, 17–21, 5–21)
13/16 2014   New Delhi   India
(Srikanth Kidambi)
2–3
(18–21, 21–18, 18–21)
Sudirman Cup
5/8 2015   Dongguan   China
(Lin Dan)
0–3
(12–21, 15–21)
9/12 2011   Qingdao   Japan
(Kenichi Tago)
1–4
(11–21, 18–21)
13 2007   Glasgow   Netherlands
(Eric Pang)
3–0
(21–18, 19–21, 21–17)
13 2009   Guangzhou   Netherlands
(Eric Pang)
3–0
(21–19, 19–21, 21–14)
European Mixed Team Championships (BE)
Gold 2013   Ramenskoye   Denmark
(Hans-Kristian Vittinghus)
3–0
(21–17, 7–21, 21–8)
Silver 2011   Amsterdam   Denmark
(Jan Ø. Jørgensen)
1–3
(18–21, 15–21)
5 2008   Herning   Russia
(without participation)
3–2
5/8 2009   Liverpool   Russia
(Vladimir Malkov)
2–3
(21–9, 21–13)
European Men's Team Championships (BE)
Silver 2012   Amsterdam   Denmark
(Jan Ø. Jørgensen)
0–3
(11–21, 14–21)
Bronze 2008   Almere   Poland
(Łukasz Moreń)
3–1
(21–12, 21–18)
Bronze 2010   Warsaw   Ukraine
(Dmytro Zavadsky)
3–1
(21–16, 27–25)
Bronze 2014   Basel   England
(Rajiv Ouseph)
1–3
(13–21, 21–17, 16–21)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Marc Zwiebler".
  2. ^ Referat Leistungssport, badminton.de. Abgerufen am 2. Mai 2015.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Marc Zwiebler". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Yonex European Championships 2010: Danes Dominate Semi-Finals". Badminton Life. April 17, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "European Men's & Women's Team Championships 2010 – General". tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Hearn, Don. "Marc Zwiebler to call it quits". Badzine. Badzine. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Zwiebler, Marc. "-". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "bwf.tournamentsoftware.com Rankings".

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