Ye Zhaoying (simplified Chinese: 叶钊颖; traditional Chinese: 葉釗穎; pinyin: Yè Zhāoyǐng; born 7 May 1974) is a retired badminton player from Hangzhou, China.[1] Officially ranked as the number one women's singles player in the world for the first time in December 1995, she lost and regained that ranking several times during her career. Her best years as a player overlapped those of the slightly older Susi Susanti and Bang Soo-hyun, in what some see as a "golden" era in women's badminton.

Ye Zhaoying
叶钊颖
Personal information
Country China
Born (1974-05-07) 7 May 1974 (age 45)
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking1

She retired after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and in 2002, she started a new career as a golfer, trained at the Tian An Golf Club.[1]

CareerEdit

Her main achievements include winning the World Grand Prix Finals in 1995, 1997 and 1999, the IBF World Championships in 1995 and 1997, and the IBF World Cup in 1995. She played on Chinese teams that won the Uber Cup in 1992, 1998 and 2000 and the Sudirman Cup in 1995 and 1997. She won the prestigious All-England title in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Her other titles include: Asian Badminton Championships in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999; Japan Open in 1993, 1996, 1999; Indonesia Open in 1992, 1993; Denmark Open in 1993; Hong Kong Open in 1993; Asian Cup of badminton in 1994; China Open in 1995; Swedish Open in 1995; US Open in 1995; Singapore Open in 1992, 1998, 1999; Thailand Open in 2000 . She was a member of the Chinese Women's Badminton Team that won the Asian Games in 1998. In addition, she earned a bronze medal in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, having been upset in the quarterfinals of the '96 Games in Atlanta. Ye Zhaoying was elected to the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 2009.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2000 The Dome, Sydney, Australia   Dai Yun 8–11, 11–2, 11–6   Bronze

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1997 Scotstoun Centre, Glasgow, Scotland   Gong Zhichao 12–11, 11–8   Gold
1995 Malley Sports Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland   Han Jingna 11–7, 11–0   Gold
1993 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England   Susi Susanti 10–12, 10–12   Bronze

World CupEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1997 Yogyakarta, Indonesia   Susi Susanti 8–11, 5–11   Silver
1996 Jakarta, Indonesia   Susi Susanti 2–11, 11–9, 2–11   Bronze
1995 Jakarta, Indonesia   Susi Susanti 12–9, 2–11, 12–9   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan   Bang Soo Hyun 12–10, 8–11, 3–11   Bronze

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1999 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Zhang Ning 11–8, 11–5   Gold
1998 Bangkok, Thailand   Gong Zhichao 11–5, 13–12   Gold
1995 Beijing, China   Yao Yan 11–2, 11–0   Gold
1994 Shanghai, China   Liu Yuhong 11–4, 12–10   Gold
1992 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Zhou Lei 12–10, 11–2   Gold

Asian CupEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1994 Beijing, China   Han Jingna 11–6, 9–12, 11–3   Gold

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2000 Thailand Open   Zhou Mi 11–5, 11–0   Winner
2000 Japan Open   Gong Zhichao 7–11, 3–11   Runner-up
1999 Grand Prix Finals   Dai Yun 11–4, 6–11, 11–9   Winner
1999 Singapore Open   Gong Zhichao 11–5, 5–11, 11–7   Winner
1999 Japan Open   Gong Zhichao 1–11, 11–5, 11–6   Winner
1999 All England Open   Dai Yun 9–11, 11–5, 11–1   Winner
1998 Denmark Open   Camilla Martin 10–13, 8–11   Runner-up
1998 Singapore Open   Susi Susanti 11–5, 6–11, 11–2   Winner
1998 Swiss Open   Camilla Martin 9–12, 8–11   Runner-up
1998 All England Open   Zhang Ning 11–5, 11–8   Winner
1998 Japan Open   Gong Zhichao 1–11, 4–11   Runner-up
1997 Grand Prix Finals   Susi Susanti 11–4, 11–4   Winner
1997 Malaysia Open   Susi Susanti 5–11, 7–11   Runner-up
1997 Swiss Open   Camilla Martin 12–9, 6–11, 5–11   Runner-up
1997 All England Open   Gong Zhichao 11–3, 11–1   Winner
1997 Korea Open   Gong Zhichao 6–11, 12–10, 11–4   Winner
1996 Grand Prix Finals   Susi Susanti 4–11, 1–11   Runner-up
1996 All England Open   Bang Soo-hyun 1–11, 1–11   Runner-up
1996 Japan Open   Susi Susanti 11–7, 11–8   Winner
1996 Chinese Taipei Open   Susi Susanti 5–11, 2–11   Runner-up
1995 Grand Prix Finals   Lim Xiaoqing 12–10, 8–11, 11–8   Winner
1995 China Open   Bang Soo-hyun 11–5, 11–0   Winner
1995 U.S. Open   Bang Soo-hyun 12–10, 3–11, 11–8   Winner
1995 Swedish Open   Lim Xiaoqing 11–6, 11–6   Winner
1994 Grand Prix Finals   Susi Susanti 11–4, 10–12, 4–11   Runner-up
1994 China Open   Bang Soo-hyun 8–11, 8–11   Runner-up
1994 Malaysia Open   Susi Susanti 3–11, 8–11   Runner-up
1994 All England Open   Susi Susanti 5–11, 9–11   Runner-up
1994 Japan Open   Susi Susanti 6–11, 12–10, 8–11   Runner-up
1993 Grand Prix Finals   Susi Susanti 3–11, 9–12   Runner-up
1993 Hong Kong Open   Han Jingna 10–12, 11–7, 11–1   Winner
1993 China Open   Han Jingna 10–12, 1–11   Runner-up
1993 Denmark Open   Liu Yuhong 11–8, 11–1   Winner
1993 German Open   Susi Susanti 6–11, 8–11   Runner-up
1993 Indonesia Open   Susi Susanti 11–9, 12–11   Winner
1993 French Open   Yao Yan 7–11, 11–5, 5–11   Runner-up
1993 Japan Open   Bang Soo-hyun 11–6, 11–5   Winner
1992 Singapore Open   Han Jingna 8–11, 11–2, 11–3   Winner
1992 Indonesia Open   Sarwendah Kusumawardhani 11–7, 11–6   Winner
1992 Japan Open   Susi Susanti 2–11, 0–11   Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Swiss Open   Han Jingna   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
15–9, 2–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1995 Swedish Open   Han Jingna   Kim Mee-hyang
  Kim Shin-young
15–12, 12–15, 8–15   Runner-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Castka, Richard (1 April 2009). "Ex-badminton star Ye in Open quest". SCMP. Retrieved 1 May 2019.

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