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Xu Huaiwen (simplified Chinese: 徐怀雯; traditional Chinese: 徐懷雯; pinyin: Xú Huáiwén; born August 2, 1975) is a German badminton player. Born in Guiyang, Guizhou, China, she decided to play for Germany because the Chinese thought that she was too short to play professional world badminton.[1]

Xu Huaiwen
Personal information
Birth name徐懷雯
Country Germany
Born (1975-08-02) August 2, 1975 (age 44)
Guiyang, Guizhou, China
HandednessRight
EventWomen's singles

CareerEdit

Xu was among the most successful of a number of Chinese-born female players who emigrated from their badminton-rich homeland, in part, for a better opportunity to play in the world's biggest events. Beginning in 2003 when she won a spate of middle tier open tournaments in Europe, Xu went on to become one of the more consistent performers on the international circuit. She was a women's singles bronze medalist twice at the BWF World Championships (2005 and 2006) and won European Championships in 2006 and 2008 over Mia Audina and Tine Rasmussen respectively in the finals.[2][3] At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Xu was eliminated in a close quarterfinal match by China's Xie Xingfang, the world's number one ranked player.

Among Xu's more than twenty national and international singles titles are the Scottish (2003), Polish (2003), Dutch (2005), and Swiss (2006) Opens, the Copenhagen Masters (2007), and five consecutive (2004–2008) German National Championships. Notably, she earned all of these titles after turning 27, an age at which world level singles players often feel that their best years are behind them.

Xu retired from playing on the international circuit in 2009 and worked as a coach for two years at the Bellevue Badminton Club near Seattle, teaching the Junior National team of young badminton players hoping to succeed in professional badminton. In 2010, she was appointed as an International Olympic Committee athlete role model for the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. From 2011 to 2012, she served the Dutch Badminton Association as their National Coach.

Personal lifeEdit

XU speaks fluent Chinese, German and English.[1] She is married to Matthew Curtain, the Director of Sport of the Commonwealth Games Federation. The couple has a daughter.

AchievementsEdit

World Grand PrixEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2006 Bitburger Open   Maria Kristin Yulianti 21–17, 21–17   Winner
2006 Swiss Open   Zhu Lin 11–9, 11–4   Winner
2005 Dutch Open   Yao Jie 11–7, 11–2   Winner
2005 Bitburger Open   Xing Aiying 11–3, 11–2   Winner
2005 Thessaloniki World Grand Prix   Juliane Schenk 11–2, 11–5   Winner
2005 Swiss Open   Pi Hongyan 12–13, 6–11   Runner-up
2004 German Open   Xie Xingfang 11–9, 6–11, 7–11   Runner-up
1997 Vietnam Open   Susi Susanti 4–11, 1–11   Runner-up
1994 US Open   Liu Guimei 11–8, 5–11, 6–11   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 White Nights   Juliane Schenk 21–15, 15–21, 21–19   Winner
2005 Belgian International   Juliane Schenk 11–4, 11–1   Winner
2004 Bitburger Open   Petra Overzier 11–4, 11–2   Winner
2003 Bitburger Open   Pi Hongyan 11–3, 11–2   Winner
2003 Scottish International   Chie Umezu 11–4, 11–5   Winner
2003 Spanish International   Petra Overzier 11–4, 11–5   Winner
2003 Giraldilla International   Yuki Shimada 11–4, 11–7   Winner
2003 Austrian Open   Petya Nedelcheva 11–7, 11–1   Winner
2003 Finnish Open   Petya Nedelcheva 11–6, 8–11, 11–5   Winner
2003 Polish Open   Kelly Morgan 11–5, 9–11, 11–3   Winner
2002 BMW Open International   Pi Hongyan 9–11, 1–11   Runner-up
2001 BMW Open International   Pi Hongyan 5–7, 7–3, 2–7   Runner-up
2000 BMW Open International   Judith Meulendijks 11–4, 11–5   Winner
2000 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Elena Nozdran 11–4, 8–11, 11–4   Winner
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Said by David Mercer/Gillian Clark on August 13, 2008 in match against Xie Xingfang in the quarterfinals of the women's singles shown on the BBC.
  2. ^ "2006 European Championships winners". tournamentsoftware.com.
  3. ^ "2008 European Championships winners". tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 2008-04-21.

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