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Zhang Nan (badminton)

Zhang Nan (born 1 March 1990) is a Chinese badminton player who specializes in both men's and mixed doubles. He found a lot of success in mixed doubles with his former partner Zhao Yunlei. They won gold in 2012 Summer Olympics, 3 golds in BWF World Championships in 2011, 2014 and 2015 and a gold at the 2014 Asian Games. Having won all major events as a pair, they are considered as one of the most successful mixed doubles pairs of all time.

Zhang Nan
张楠
Zhang Nan.jpg
Personal information
Country China
Born (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 29)
Beijing, China
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight74 kg (163 lb)[1]
HandednessRight
CoachZhang Jun
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking2 (MD 29 September 2016)
1 (XD 27 January 2011)
Current ranking50 (MD), 90 (XD) (1 October 2019)
BWF profile
Zhang Nan
Traditional Chinese張楠
Simplified Chinese张楠

Having found huge success in mixed doubles with Zhao, Zhang partnered Fu Haifeng with whom he won gold in 2016 Summer Olympics. After this, Fu retired and Zhang partnered Liu Cheng and became World Champion in the men's doubles at the 2017 BWF World Championships.

Despite not being a hard hitter like most of the mixed doubles players, his control and read of the game are outstanding. Having won Olympics and World Championships in both disciplines, he is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time.

CareerEdit

 
Zhang Nan (right) and Zhao Yunlei (left) at the 2016 Indonesia Super Series Premier
 
Zhang Nan playing with Li Gen at the 2013 Dutch Open

Zhang played with Fu Haifeng in men's doubles and he paired with Zhao Yunlei in the mixed doubles. But now, he was paired with Liu Cheng in men's doubles and Li Yinhui in mixed doubles

2010Edit

He participated in Thomas Cup 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, playing for China. He also played in Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou.

Zhang has achieved one of the three most prestigious badminton titles, winning the All England Open that year with Zhao Yunlei, winning over Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia, 21–18, 23–25, 21–18, the first pair to win the title as qualifiers.

Zhang has a more achievement with Zhao in the mixed doubles event rather than with Chai. Zhang and Zhao won 2010 Yonex Japan Open Super Series title after compatriot Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing 21–19 and 22–20. Meanwhile, Zhang and Chai's journey in Tokyo was ended by seniors Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in the semi-finals, losing 17–21 and 16–21.

In China Open Super Series, Zhang attended the men's and mixed doubles finals but he lost in both events. In the men's doubles, South Korea's Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung emerged as the winners as they downed Zhang and Chai in straight sets, 21–15 and 21–12. In the mixed doubles final, Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing took revenge with a 21–18, 21–17 triumph over Zhang and Zhao.

Zhang only played in mixed doubles in the last super series tournament of 2010, Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Super Series. seeded 5, he and Zhao reached the final but lost in a long three-set match against Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark 20–22, 14–21, and 22–20.

2011Edit

Zhang and Zhao was qualified to play in VICTOR-BWF Super Series Finals 2010 in Taiwan. They became the winner by beating Thailand's Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam 21–17, 21–12 in the final.

Zhang and Chai also played in the VICTOR-BWF Super Series Finals 2010, yet both are conquered by Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung in the last four 15–21 and 11–21 in just 30 minutes.

Once again, Zhang and Zhao met Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing, now in Korea Open Super Series Premier final. Zhang and Zhao vanquished their teammates 21–17, 13–21, and 21–19 to become the first winners of Super Series Premier.

2012Edit

In July–August at the London Olympics, He won the Mixed Doubles with Zhao Yunlei.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Fu Haifeng   Goh V Shem
  Tan Wee Kiong
16–21, 21–11, 23–21   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–7, 21–11   Bronze
2012 Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–11, 21–17   Gold

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena, Nanjing, China   Liu Cheng   Li Junhui
  Liu Yuchen
15–21, 13–21   Bronze
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Liu Cheng   Mohammad Ahsan
  Rian Agung Saputro
21–10, 21–17   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena, Nanjing, China   Li Yinhui   Zheng Siwei
  Huang Yaqiong
21–19, 12–21, 10–21   Bronze
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Zhao Yunlei   Liu Cheng
  Bao Yixin
21–17, 21–11   Gold
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–12, 21–23, 21–13   Gold
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Lilyana Natsir
21-15, 18-21, 13-21   Bronze
2011 Wembley Arena, London, England   Zhao Yunlei   Chris Adcock
  Imogen Bankier
21–15, 21–7   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Lilyana Natsir
21–16, 21–14   Gold
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Zhao Yunlei   Shin Baek-cheol
  Lee Hyo-jung
19–21, 14–21   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Liu Cheng   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
21–14, 12–21, 23–25   Bronze
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Fu Haifeng   Li Junhui
  Liu Yuchen
21–23, 19–21   Bronze
2011 Sichuan Gymnasium,
Chengdu, China
  Xu Chen   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
19–21, 15–21   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Li Yinhui   Wang Yilü
  Huang Dongping
21–18, 18–21, 17–21   Bronze
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
16–21, 21–9, 21–17   Gold
2013 Taipei Arena,
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
  Zhao Yunlei   Ko Sung-hyun
  Kim Ha-na
20–22, 17–21   Silver
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium,
Qingdao, China
  Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–13, 21–12   Gold
2011 Sichuan Gymnasium,
Chengdu, China
  Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
15–21, 21–15, 25–23   Gold

BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Badminton Stadium Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City,
Pune, India
  Lu Lu   Chai Biao
  Xie Jing
19–21, 15–21   Silver

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Chai Biao   Mak Hee Chun
  Teo Kok Siang
17–21, 18–21   Bronze
2007 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Qiu Zihan   Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid
  Tan Wee Kiong
10–21, 13–21   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Lu Lu   Kim Ki-jung
  Eom Hye-won
14–21, 21–15, 24–22   Gold

BWF World Tour (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[2] 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.[3]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Indonesia Masters Super 100   Ou Xuanyi   Akira Koga
  Taichi Saito
11–21, 21–10, 22–20   Winner
2019 Akita Masters Super 100   Ou Xuanyi   Akira Koga
  Taichi Saito
21–14, 21–19   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 China Open Super 1000   Li Yinhui   Zheng Siwei
  Huang Yaqiong
16–21, 9–21   Runner-up

BWF Superseries (31 titles, 15 runners-up)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Dubai World Superseries Finals   Liu Cheng   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
  Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
16–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2017 Denmark Open   Liu Cheng   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
  Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–16, 22–24, 21–19   Winner
2016 Singapore Open   Fu Haifeng   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
21–11, 22–20   Winner
2015 Japan Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Yoo Yeon-seong
19–21, 27–29   Runner-up
2015 Indonesia Open   Fu Haifeng   Ko Sung-hyun
  Shin Baek-cheol
16–21, 21–16, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open   Fu Haifeng   Angga Pratama
  Ricky Karanda Suwardi
15–21, 21–11, 14–21   Runner-up
2015 All England Open   Fu Haifeng   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
17–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2014 Denmark Open   Fu Haifeng   Lee Yong-dae
  Yoo Yeon-seong
21–13, 25–23   Winner
2012 China Masters   Chai Biao   Hiroyuki Endo
  Kenichi Hayakawa
21–18, 21–17   Winner
2010 China Open   Chai Biao   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
15–21, 12–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 China Open   Li Yinhui   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 22–20, 16–21   Runner-up
2015 Hong Kong Open   Zhao Yunlei   Liu Cheng
  Bao Yixin
21–17, 17–21, 21–17   Winner
2015 China Open   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
21–19, 17–21, 21–19   Winner
2015 Korea Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
21–16, 21–15   Winner
2015 Japan Open   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
21–17, 18–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2015 Indonesia Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
17–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open   Zhao Yunlei   Lu Kai
  Huang Yaqiong
Walkover   Winner
2015 Malaysia Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–16, 21–14   Winner
2015 All England Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
21–10, 21–10   Winner
2014 Dubai World Superseries Finals   Zhao Yunlei   Liu Cheng
  Bao Yixin
21–15, 21–12   Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2014 China Open   Zhao Yunlei   Yoo Yeon-seong
  Eom Hye-won
23–25, 21–14, 21–18   Winner
2014 Japan Open   Zhao Yunlei   Michael Fuchs
  Birgit Michels
21–12, 21–16   Winner
2014 All England Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2014 Korea Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–18, 21–18   Winner
2013 World Superseries Finals   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
21–12, 19–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2013 French Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
28–26, 21–18   Winner
2013 Denmark Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
21–11, 22–20   Winner
2013 Japan Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
Walkover   Winner
2013 China Masters   Zhao Yunlei   Yoo Yeon-seong
  Eom Hye-won
21–18, 21–12   Winner
2013 Indonesia Open   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
24–22, 20–22, 21–12   Winner
2013 All England Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
13–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2013 Korea Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
13–21, 21–16, 21–13   Winner
2012 World Superseries Finals   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
21–17, 12–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–17, 21–17   Winner
2012 Malaysia Open   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–12, 21–9   Winner
2011 World Superseries Finals   Zhao Yunlei   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21–13, 21–15   Winner
2011 China Open   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
21–11, 21–14   Winner
2011 Hong Kong Open   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
15–21, 21–17, 21–17   Winner
2011 Indonesia Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tontowi Ahmad
  Liliyana Natsir
20–22, 21–14, 21–9   Winner
2011 Korea Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tao Jiaming
  Tian Qing
21–17, 13–21, 21–19   Winner
2010 World Superseries Finals   Zhao Yunlei   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thungthongkam
21–17, 21–12   Winner
2010 Hong Kong Open   Zhao Yunlei   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
20–22, 21–14, 20–22   Runner-up
2010 China Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tao Jiaming
  Tian Qing
18–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2010 Japan Open   Zhao Yunlei   Tao Jiaming
  Tian Qing
21–19, 22–20   Winner
2010 All England Open   Zhao Yunlei   Nova Widianto
  Lilyana Natsir
21–18, 23–25, 21–18   Winner
     Superseries Finals Tournament
     Superseries Premier Tournament
     Superseries Tournament

BWF Grand Prix (7 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Swiss Open   Liu Cheng   Chai Biao
  Hong Wei
21–13, 16–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2016 Macau Open   Lu Kai   Lee Jhe-huei
  Lee Yang
21–17, 18–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 Chinese Taipei Open   Fu Haifeng   Markus Fernaldi Gideon
  Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–13, 21–8   Winner
2015 Swiss Open   Fu Haifeng   Chai Biao
  Hong Wei
20–22, 14–21   Runner-up
2010 German Open   Chai Biao   Chen Hung-ling
  Lin Yu-lang
17–21, 21–13, 21–15   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 German Open   Li Yinhui   Lu Kai
  Huang Yaqiong
22–20, 21–11   Winner
2017 Thailand Masters   Li Yinhui   Dechapol Puavaranukroh
  Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–11, 20–22, 21–13   Winner
2016 Macau Open   Li Yinhui   Tang Chun Man
  Tse Ying Suet
21–19, 21–15   Winner
2013 Swiss Open   Tang Jinhua   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
20–22, 19–21   Runner-up
2010 Bitburger Open   Zhao Yunlei   Michael Fuchs
  Birgit Overzier
22–20, 21–9   Winner
2009 Philippines Open   Lu Lu   Chen Zhiben
  Zhang Jinkang
22–20, 21–19   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Belarus International   Ou Xuanyi   Matthew Clare
  Max Flynn
21–15, 21–15   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

Personal lifeEdit

He started a relationship with his mixed doubles partner Zhao Yunlei in 2010. However, before 2016 Summer Olympics, Zhao Yunlei announced that she and Zhang Nan were no longer together. He later married Tian Qing in November 2018.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Zhang Nan". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ "恭喜!奥运冠军张楠领证结婚,妻子田卿是他前女友昔日黄金搭档". QQ. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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