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Xia Xuanze (born January 5, 1979 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang) is a former male badminton player from China who played singles at the world level from the late 1990s through the first few years of the 21st century. Now he is a singles coach for the national team of China.
|Born||January 5, 1979|
Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Updated on 15:18, 28 October 2013 (UTC).|
Xia's game was marked by impressive speed and agility, aggressive and accurate net play, and adequate, if not overwhelming, overhead power. The power he used in his legs allowed him to "play the shot" very early. This attribute, combined with very sophisticated and consistent deceptive shots, gave some of his opponents the opportunity to win very few points at all.
At one time or another he experienced victory in most of badminton's biggest events. The exception came in his sole appearance at the Olympics when he was beaten in the semifinals of the 2000 Games in Sydney by Indonesia's Hendrawan. Xia settled for a bronze medal there after defeating Denmark's Peter Gade in the playoff for third place. Earlier in that season Xia had won the prestigious All-England Championships over eighteen-year-old Taufik Hidayat. He captured men's singles at the IBF World Championships in 2003 by defeating Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann. Finally, in international team play, he was a member of the Chinese squad that ended a long drought by capturing the highly coveted Thomas Cup (men's world team competition and trophy) in 2004.
|1||Team||2006||Sendai and Tokyo, JPN|
|Other International Championships|
|1||Singles||2000||All England Open|
|1||Singles||2000||World Grand Prix finals|
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Xia Xuanze". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
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