Wei Yili (simplified Chinese: 魏轶力; traditional Chinese: 魏軼力; pinyin: Wèi Yìlì; born 24 June 1982) is a former badminton player from the People's Republic of China.

Wei Yili
魏轶力
Personal information
Country China
Born (1982-06-24) 24 June 1982 (age 37)
Yichang, Hubei, China
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
HandednessLeft
Women's doubles
Highest ranking9 (October 22, 2009)
Current rankingRetired
BWF profile

CareerEdit

A women's doubles specialist, since 2001 Wei has competed on the world circuit in partnership with a variety of her fellow countrywomen, but most often with either Zhao Tingting or Zhang Yawen. A member of China's perennial world champion Uber Cup teams, in the biggest events for individual players (such as the BWF World Championships, the All-England Championships, and the Olympic Games) Wei and her partners have usually been overshadowed by China's two dominant women's doubles pairs, Gao Ling and Huang Sui, and Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen. One exception came at the 2007 All-Englands where Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen defeated both of these teams to capture the highly coveted title. Her other women's doubles titles include the China (2001), Singapore (2001, 2007), Denmark (2002, 2004), Thailand (2003), Indonesia (2006), and French (2007) Opens.

Wei has medaled four times at the BWF World Championships without "striking gold". She earned a silver with Zhang Jiewen in 2001, a silver with Zhao Tingting in 2003, a silver with Zhang Yawen in 2006, and a bronze with Zhang Yawen in 2007. She finished fourth at the 2004 Olympics in Athens with Zhao Tingting. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Wei and Zhang Yawen were beaten in the semifinals by yet another Chinese pair, Du Jing and Yu Yang, who went on to win the gold medal. Wei and Zhang earned a bronze medal by defeating Japan's Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the playoff for third place.[1]

In 2008, Wei retired from the national team. She received an award during a ceremony to mark her retirement with five other teammates from the Chinese national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008.[2] However, she was still playing a year later by partnering with Gao Ling. They lost to Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen in the Thailand Open final of 2009, but won the Philippines Open of 2009.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing, China   Zhang Yawen   Miyuki Maeda
  Satoko Suetsuna
21–17, 21–10   Bronze

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Putra Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Zhang Yawen   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
21–19, 18–21, 16–21   Bronze
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain   Zhang Yawen   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
21–23, 9–21   Silver
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England   Zhao Tingting   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
8–15, 11–15   Silver
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain   Zhang Jiewen   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
11–15, 15–17   Silver

World CupEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China   Zhang Yawen   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 15–21   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Bangkok, Thailand   Zhao Tingting   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
5–11, 1–11   Bronze

World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Zhang Yawen   Zhao Tingting
  Li Yujia
4–7, 7–2, 7–0, 7–1   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Zheng Bo   Sang Yang
  Zhang Yawen
3–7, 0–7, 6–8   Silver

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan   Zhang Yawen   Zhao Tingting
  Li Yujia
15–12, 15–5   Gold
1999 National Indoor Stadium – 1, Yangon, Myanmar   Li Yujia   Xie Xingfang
  Zhang Jiewen
9–15, 6–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan   Zheng Bo   Sang Yang
  Zhang Yawen
Walkover   Gold
1999 National Indoor Stadium – 1, Yangon, Myanmar   Zheng Bo   Hendri Kurniawan Saputra
  Enny Erlangga
12–15, 16–17   Silver

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[3] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011,[4] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Swiss Open   Zhang Yawen   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 24–22, 8–21   Runner-up
2007 Hong Kong Open   Zhang Yawen   Du Jing
  Yu Yang
20–22, 21–13, 17–21   Runner-up
2007 French Open   Zhang Yawen   Zhao Tingting
  Yu Yang
21–10, 21–15   Winner
2007 Singapore Open   Zhang Yawen   Zhao Tingting
  Yang Wei
10–21, 21–19, 21–18   Winner
2007 All England Open   Zhang Yawen   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
21–16, 8–21, 24–22   Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation since 1983.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Thailand Open   Gao Ling   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
24–22, 17–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2009 Philippines Open   Gao Ling   Shendy Puspa Irawati
  Meiliana Jauhari
21–11, 21–11   Winner
2006 China Open   Zhang Yawen   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
17–21, 7–21   Runner-up
2006 Japan Open   Zhang Yawen   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
15–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2006 Indonesia Open   Zhang Yawen   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
21–13, 21–13   Winner
2006 China Masters   Zhang Yawen   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
12–21, 21–18, 14–21   Runner-up
2005 Japan Open   Zhao Tingting   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
12–15, 2–15   Runner-up
2005 All England Open   Zhao Tingting   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
10–15, 13–15   Runner-up
2005 German Open   Zhao Tingting   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
4–15, 10–15   Runner-up
2004 China Open   Zhao Tingting   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
14–15, 12–15   Runner-up
2004 German Open   Zhao Tingting   Zhang Dan
  Zhang Yawen
8–15, 12–15   Runner-up
2004 Denmark Open   Zhao Tingting   Zhang Dan
  Zhang Yawen
15–13, 12–15, 15–7   Winner
2004 Japan Open   Zhao Tingting   Lee Kyung-won
  Ra Kyung-min
6–15, 15–5, 1–15   Runner-up
2003 Japan Open   Zhao Tingting   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
13–10, 6–11, 5–11   Runner-up
2003 Swiss Open   Zhao Tingting   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
7–11, 11–6, 4–11   Runner-up
2003 Thailand Open   Zhao Tingting   Lee Hyo-jung
  Yim Kyung-jin
11–9, 5–11, 11–6   Winner
2002 China Open   Zhao Tingting   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
9–11, 3–11   Runner-up
2002 Denmark Open   Zhao Tingting   Mia Audina
  Lotte Jonathans
11–3, 6–11, 11–9   Winner
2001 China Open   Zhang Jiewen   Huang Nanyan
  Yang Wei
8–6, 7–3, 6–8, 8–7   Winner
2001 Singapore Open   Zhang Jiewen   Zhang Yawen
  Zhao Tingting
8–6, 7–3, 7–4   Winner
2001 All England Open   Zhang Jiewen   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
15–10, 8–15, 9–15   Runner-up
2000 Denmark Open   Zhang Jiewen   Chen Lin
  Jiang Xuelian
7–15, 3–15   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

IBF InternationalEdit

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 French International   Zhang Jiewen   Zhang Yawen
  Zhao Tingting
7–1, 7–2, 5–7, 5–7, 2–7   Runner-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athlete Biography: Wei Yili". Beijing 2008. Archived from the original on 17 August 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/sports/news/2008-11/25/content_16820808.htm
  3. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.

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