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Zhang Beiwen (Chinese: 张蓓雯; pinyin: Zhāng Bèiwén; born 12 July 1990 in Liaoning) is an American professional badminton player who is a singles specialist.[1]

Zhang Beiwen
张蓓雯
Zhang Beiwen - Indonesia Open 2017.jpg
Personal information
Birth name張蓓雯
CountryChina (until 2007)
Singapore (2007–2013)
United States (2013–present)
Born (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 29)
Liaoning, China
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Career record228 Win, 113 Loss
Highest ranking9 (22 June 2017)
Current ranking11 (24 September 2019)
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Having a unique background being born in China, then moving to Singapore at the age of 13 and playing with the Singapore National Team until 2012, when she moved to the United States to compete while training in Las Vegas. She was dropped by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) after the 2011 Singapore Open tournament after reportedly falling out with then-singles head coach Luan Ching, but the association asked her to come back.[2]

In 2009, she was part of the Singapore national badminton team, winning a bronze medal at the women's team event of the 2009 Southeast Asian Games.[3] After a one-year break in which she did not play any tournaments at all, in 2013 she came back on her way to reach top level again. In 2013, after moving to Las Vegas with her parents, Zhang Beiwen won four international challenge tournaments with singles titles at the Swiss International in Yverdon-les-Bains; the Yonex USA International in Orlando, Florida; the Yonex Welsh International in Cardiff; and the Carlton Irish Open International in Dublin. In 2014, she continued her winning streak for her new country the US, with victories in Peru, the US, Brazil and the Netherlands. She won her first Grand Prix title at the 2014 U.S. Open Grand Prix Gold, then won the 2014 Brazil Open Grand Prix and 2014 Dutch Open Grand Prix.[4]

In 2016, Zhang started to compete in the Danish Badminton Leage, for Vendsyssel Elite Badminton.[5]As of the 2019 season she still plays for Vendsyssel. At 2016, she reach the final round at the BWF Super Series event in French Open, but she finished as the runner-up losing a match to He Bingjiao of China in straight games.[6]

In 2018, she won her first BWF World Tour title at the India Open defeating the host player and the defending champion P.V. Sindhu with the score 21–18, 11–21, 22–20.[7]

AchievementsEdit

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[8] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[9]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Korea Open Super 500   Nozomi Okuhara 10–21, 21–17, 16–21   Runner-up
2018 U.S. Open Super 300   Li Xuerui 26–24, 15–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2018 India Open Super 500   P. V. Sindhu 21–18, 11–21, 22–20   Winner

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[10] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). It has two levels, the Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which were introduced in 2011,[11] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year's end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 French Open   He Bingjiao 9–21 9–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by BWF since 2007.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Bitburger Open   Nitchaon Jindapol 17–21, 21–15, 19–21   Runner-up
2017 Dutch Open   Michelle Li 21–16, 21–14   Winner
2016 Dutch Open   Hsu Ya-ching 21–11, 21–19   Winner
2016 Canada Open   Michelle Li Walkover   Runner-up
2014 U.S. Grand Prix   Rachael Honderich 21–11, 21–13   Winner
2014 Dutch Open   Pai Yu-po 11–9, 11–7, 11–8   Winner
2014 Brasil Open   Kaori Imabeppu 6–11, 11–5, 4–11, 11–8, 11–9   Winner
2014 U.S. Open   Kana Ito 21–8, 21–17   Winner
2008 Vietnam Open   Xing Aiying 11-21, 21-19, 22-20   Winner[12]
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Rachel Honderich 21-13, 21-12   Winner
2015 USA International   Pai Yu-po 21–14, 13–21, 21–19   Winner
2014 Peru International   Michelle Li 27–25, 21–19   Winner
2013 Irish Open   Beatriz Corrales 21–9, 17–21, 21–10   Winner
2013 Welsh International   Beatriz Corrales 21–12, 21–15   Winner
2013 USA International   Iris Wang 21–10, 21–12   Winner
2013 Swiss International   Tanvi Lad 21–12, 21–12   Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Hong Jingyu   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
21–17, 22-20   Winner
2013 USA International   Hong Jingyu   Paula B Pereira
  Lohaynny Vicente
21–7, 21–14   Winner
2007 Croatian International   Gu Juan   Cai Jiani
  Guo Xin
21–15, 6–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2005 Croatian International   Fu Mingtian   Liu Fan Frances
  Shinta Mulia Sari
Walkover   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "羽運沙漠的仙人掌 張蓓雯美酒加咖啡" (in Chinese). China Press. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Badminton: Zhang makes April date". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Team Singapore Impresses At The 25th SEA Games With 33 Gold Medals". Singapore Sports Council. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Zhang happy her destiny is in her own hands". Today. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Vendsyssel Elite Badminton henter amerikansk forstærkning" (in Danish). TV2/Nord. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Beiwen Zhang Wins Silver Medal at Yonex French Open". Team USA. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Zhang's Finest Hour – Finals: Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2018". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  8. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  10. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006.
  11. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  12. ^ "VN's top badminton player triumphs at open tourney". Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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