Xia Xuanze

Xia Xuanze (born 5 January 1979) is a former 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.

Xia Xuanze
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1979-01-05) 5 January 1979 (age 42)
Rui'an, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China[1]
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
HandednessRight
EventMen's singles
Xia Xuanze
Traditional Chinese夏煊澤
Simplified Chinese夏煊泽

Player attributesEdit

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.

CareerEdit

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.[2] 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.

In 2010 Thomas Cup, Xia coached Chen Jin, witnessing his country win 3–0 over Indonesia for their fourth consecutive Thomas Cup.

In 2017, Xia Xuanze together with Zhang Jun replaced Li Yongbo as head coach of the Chinese badminton team.[3]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2000 Pavilion 3, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia   Peter Gade 15–13, 15–5   Bronze

World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom   Wong Choong Hann 15–6, 13–15, 15–6   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2001 PhilSports Arena, Manila, Philippines   Lin Dan 15–10, 15–9   Gold
2002 Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Taufik Hidayat 2–15, 11–15   Bronze

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1999 German Open   Pullela Gopichand 15–4, 13–15, 15–4   Winner
1999 Dutch Open   Ji Xinpeng 15–10, 15–13   Winner
2000 All England Open   Taufik Hidayat 15–6, 15–13   Winner
2000 Swiss Open   Ji Xinpeng 15–8, 15–6   Winner
2000 Malaysia Open   Taufik Hidayat 10–15, 14–17   Runner-up
2000 World Grand Prix Finals   Marleve Mainaky 7–4, 7–5, 2–7, 8–6   Winner
2001 China Open   Wong Choong Hann 3–7, 7–3, 2–7, 7–5, 7–4   Winner
2002 Japan Open   Lee Hyun-il 7–5, 5–7, 7–0, 5–7, 2–5   Runner-up
2003 Japan Open   Lin Dan 15–12, 15–10   Winner
2004 Korea Open   Chen Hong 15–9, 17–15   Winner
2004 Denmark Open   Lin Dan 12–15, 11–15   Runner-up
2004 German Open   Lin Dan 16–17, 9–15   Runner-up
2006 Swiss Open   Lee Chong Wei 8–15, 0–15   Runner-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biographical information: Xia Xuanze". www.olympedia.org. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Xia Xuanze". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-04.
  3. ^ "Chinese badminton head coach Li Yongbo replaced by Xia Xuanze and Zhang Jun". www.chinadailyhk.com. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2020.