Michelle Li

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Michelle Li (born November 3, 1991) is a Canadian badminton player from Markham, Ontario.[1] Li is the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion and the first Canadian to win an individual gold medal in women's singles badminton at the Commonwealth Games. She has won gold in both singles and doubles at the Pan American Games, and won the singles and team event titles from the Pan Am Badminton Championships. As a competitor for Ontario, Li also won singles, doubles, and mixed team titles at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

Michelle Li
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Personal information
Birth nameMichelle Li Man-shan
Country Canada
Born (1991-11-03) November 3, 1991 (age 28)
Hong Kong
ResidenceMarkham, Ontario, Canada
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Years active2010-present
CoachJennifer Lee
Mike Butler
Women's singles
Highest ranking8 (22 October 2019)
Current ranking10 (25 February 2020)
BWF profile
Michelle Li

Early life and educationEdit

Michelle Li was born in Hong Kong to Chi Keung Li and Agnes Kwong, together with brother Mark they moved to Canada in 1997. An active child, she started playing badminton at age 11 with her mom at the local community center. A friend introduced her to her current club where she began lessons and competing locally in small tournaments. She started competing internationally when she was around 17 years old. Li graduated from Richmond Hill High School and is an undergraduate student at Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto.[citation needed]


One of Li's early notable performances came at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There she won gold in the women's singles event and followed that performance with a gold in the doubles event with Alexandra Bruce. Due to this success she was then named the flag bearer for Team Ontario at the closing ceremonies for the games.[2]

Later that year Li was the gold medal winner in the women's doubles event alongside Bruce at the 2011 Pan American Games.[3] Li would then go on the next day to win the women's singles competition, completing a second games double gold appearance that year, this time in Guadalajara.[4]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Bruce and Li finished last in the round-robin portion of the women's doubles tournament, losing all three of their matches.[5] However, the top two teams in the group were disqualified for attempting to intentionally lose matches so they would have an easier match-up in the quarterfinals.[6] The duo was advanced to their quarterfinals, where they defeated Australia's Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran. Bruce and Li finished in fourth place, the best Canadian finish in badminton at the Olympic Games.[5]

In 2013, Li entered into the finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold, defeating Hong Kong top player Yip Pui Yin in the semi-finals, making her the first Pan American athlete to ever enter into a singles final of a Grand Prix Gold event since that series began in 2007. In 2014, she also entered into the quarter-finals of the All England Open Badminton Championships Super Series Premier, beating Tai Tzu-ying in the first round, making her, in 35 years, the first Canadian player to enter at the least the quarter-finals of this prestigious tournament. Later in 2014, Li won the Canada Open Grand Prix, making her the first home player to win this title ever since it became a Grand Prix event.

Li won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games defeating Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the final.[7] She thus became the first Canadian woman to win a singles gold in Commonwealth badminton.[8]

At the 2015 Pan American Games, Li successfully defended her title, defeating fellow Canadian Rachel Honderich in the final.[9]

Michelle had several operations in 2016 to fix nagging injuries sustained earlier in her career. She took a year off in 2017 to heal from the operations and to focus on a comeback for 2018. After deeming herself fully fit she entered the stage relatively quietly in 2018 until she made a landmark win against the 3rd seed Ratchanok Intanon in round 16 of the All England Open. She had not defeated Intanon previously. Michelle's progress was clear as she moved quickly around the court playing much lighter on her feet than her previous years.

During the 2018 Thomas Uber Cup, Li again played well. She defeated India's Saina Nehwal, who she had not previously beaten, by 21-15, 16-21, 16-21. Li spearheaded Canada to their first ever Uber Cup quarterfinal and she defeated Sung Ji Hyun (21-14, 21-15). Canada eventually lost 3-1 to Korea.

In the 2019 Japan Open, Li played and defeated the No 1 seed, Tai Tzu-ying (21-15, 15-21, 22-20) to reach the semis.


Commonwealth GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Kirsty Gilmour 21–14, 21–7   Gold

Pan American GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium, Guadalajara, Mexico   Joycelyn Ko 21–12, 21–13   Gold
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Rachel Honderich 21–15, 21–9   Gold
2019 Polideportivo 3, Lima, Peru   Rachel Honderich 21–11, 21–19   Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Alex Bruce   Iris Wang
  Rena Wang
21–15, 21–15   Gold
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  Rachel Honderich   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
11–21, 8–21   Bronze

Pan Am ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
  Cee Nantana Ketpura 21–17, 17–21, 19–21   Silver
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  Jamie Subandhi 21–8, 21–6   Gold
2014 Markham Pan Am Centre,
Markham, Canada
  Rachel Honderich 21–13, 21–16   Gold
2018 Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium,
Guatemala City, Guatemala
  Rachel Honderich 21–15, 21–16   Gold
2019 Gimnasio Olímpico,
Aguascalientes, Mexico
  Brittney Tam 21–15, 24–22   Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
  Alex Bruce   Grace Gao
  Jocelyn Ko
21–16, 21–23, 12–21   Silver
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  Grace Gao   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
21–16, 11–21, 6–21   Bronze

Mixed's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Club de Regatas,
Lima, Peru
  Adrian Liu   Toby Ng
  Valerie Loker
14–21, 15–21   Bronze

BWF World Tour (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[10] 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.[11]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Macau Open Super 300   Han Yue 21–18, 21–8   Winner
2019 Chinese Taipei Open Super 300   Sung Ji-hyun 11–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2018 Macau Open Super 300   Han Yue 23–25, 21–17, 21–15   Winner

BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

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
2013 Macau Open   P. V. Sindhu 15–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2014 Canada Open   Pai Yu-po 21–16, 23–21   Winner
2015 Canada Open   Kaori Imabeppu 21–17, 25–23   Winner
2016 Canada Open   Beiwen Zhang Walkover   Winner
2017 U.S. Open   Aya Ohori 11–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2017 Dutch Open   Beiwen Zhang 16–21, 14–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (21 titles, 9 runners-up)Edit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Peru International   Manami Ebuchi 18–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2010 Canadian International   Hitomi Oka 21–15, 12–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2011 Dutch International   Susan Egelstaff 18–21, 21–13, 15–21   Runner-up
2011 Guatemala International   Jeanine Cicognini 21–15, 21–13   Winner
2011 Brazil International   Kana Ito 21–15, 21–15   Winner
2011 Puerto Rico International   Anne Hald Jensen 21–13, 29–27   Winner
2011 Canadian International   Lianne Tan 21–14, 21–11   Winner
2012 Finnish Open   Yao Jie 20–22, 19–21   Runner-up
2012 Peru International   Ai Goto 21–23, 21–14, 21–15   Winner
2012 Tahiti International   Nicole Grether 21–8, 21–13   Winner
2013 Maldives International   Hana Ramadhini 21–8, 21–13   Winner
2013 Canadian International   Christin Tsai 21–14, 21–19   Winner
2013 Brazil International   Lohaynny Vicente 16–21, 21-15, 21-8   Winner
2014 Peru International   Beiwen Zhang 25–27, 19–21   Runner-up
2014 Belgian International   Karin Schnaase 11–6, 11–2, 11–6   Winner
2014 Czech International   Marija Ulitina 21–14, 21–17   Winner
2017 Peru International   Disha Gupta 21–10, 21–10   Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Banuinvest International   Alex Bruce   Sonia Olariu
  Florentina Petre
21–15, 21–14   Winner
2011 Peru International   Alex Bruce   Iris Wang
  Rena Wang
11–21, 21–15, 21–8   Winner
2011 Brazil International   Alex Bruce   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
14–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2011 Puerto Rico International   Alex Bruce   Grace Gao
  Joycelin Ko
24–22, 15–21, 21–11   Winner
2011 Canadian International   Alex Bruce   Nicole Grether
  Charmaine Reid
21–10, 13–21, 21–16   Winner
2012 Finnish Open   Alex Bruce   Chow Mei Kuan
  Lee Meng Yean
21–19, 12–21, 21–16   Winner
2012 Peru International   Alex Bruce   Nicole Grether
  Charmaine Reid
21–18, 21–18   Winner
2012 Tahiti International   Alex Bruce   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
13–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2013 Peru International   Grace Gao   Joycelin Ko
  Christin Tsai
21–15, 21–18   Winner
2014 Czech International   Rachel Honderich   Irina Khlebko
  Elena Komendrovskaja
21–12, 21–17   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Brazil International   Yang Chih-hsun   Phillip Chew
  Jamie Subandhi
13–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2013 USA International   Toby Ng   Halim Haryanto Ho
  Jing Yu Hong
21–16, 21–15   Winner
2014 Peru International   Derrick Ng   Christian Yahya Christianto
  Eva Lee
16–21, 18–21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Record against selected OpponentsEdit

Includes Players who have been Year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semifinalists or Olympic quarterfinalists at least.[12] (Last updated as at 17 March 2020)


  1. ^ "Michelle Li Guadalajara profile". Canadian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on October 31, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Mike Hayakawa (February 27, 2011). "Golden Markham athlete carries flag in closing ceremonies". YorkRegion.com.
  3. ^ "Pan Am Games: Canadian Trail". CBC Sports. October 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Canada wins 5 golds at Pan Am Games". CBC News. October 20, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Lidell, Mackenzie (August 1, 2012). "Canada Gains from Badminton Scandal, Advances to Semis". CTV Olympics. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Associated Press (August 1, 2012). "8 Badminton Players Disqualified for Throwing Matches". CTV Olympics. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Scot Kirsty Gilmour misses out on badminton gold". BBC News Online. August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Michelle Li wins historic badminton gold". CBC. August 3, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Michelle Li wins gold in women's badminton at Pan Am Games". The Globe and Mail. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. November 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. January 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "MICHELLE LI Head To Head Analysis". BWF. Retrieved April 15, 2020.

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