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Zhou Mi (Chinese: 周蜜; pinyin: Zhōu Mì; Jyutping: zau1 mat6; born February 18, 1979 in Nanning, Guangxi) is a Chinese female badminton player. During much of her career she represented the People's Republic of China, but since 2007 she has represented Hong Kong which has a sports program and teams independent from those of the mainland. In 2010, she received a 2-year ban, for failing a drugs test.[1]

Zhou Mi
Personal information
Country Hong Kong
Born (1979-02-18) 18 February 1979 (age 40)
Nanning, Guangxi, China
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile


Since 1998 Zhou has won more than twenty international singles titles on the world circuit and has achieved number one world rankings at various times. She was a silver medalist behind compatriot Gong Ruina at the 2001 IBF World Championships and was a bronze medalist at the 2003 Championships. She won women's singles at the quadrennial Asian Games in 2002, defeating Gong Ruina in the final. Zhou is a three-time finalist at the prestigious All-England Championships where she captured the title in 2003. She played singles for world champion Chinese Uber Cup (women's international) teams in 2002 and 2004.

Olympic ControversyEdit

At the 2004 Athens Olympics Zhou reached the semifinal round where she was eliminated from gold medal contention by fellow countrywoman Zhang Ning. She then defeated Gong Ruina in the playoff for the bronze medal. The circumstances behind Zhou's semifinal defeat are controversial, however, because China's national coach Li Yongbo later confirmed rumors that he had instructed Zhou not to fight hard after she had dropped the first game to Zhang.[2][3] His rationale was that a fresh Zhang Ning would have a better chance to defeat a non-Chinese opponent, the Netherlands' Mia Audina, in the final.

"Retirement" and comebackEdit

Whether the Olympic episode or subsequent injury and poor performance was the primary cause, Zhou apparently retired from badminton during the 2005 season. She played no tournaments in 2006 but secured residence in Hong Kong through its Quality Migration program. Zhou then reemerged on the world badminton circuit during the 2007 season.[4] From a weak start at the Singapore Open her results dramatically improved to the point where she had regained a number one world ranking as of the end of the year 2008.[5] Since launching her comeback Zhou's titles have included the New Zealand and Philippines Opens in 2007, and the Korea, India, Macau Opens, and China Masters in 2008. In December, Zhou ended the 2008 season by winning the BWF Super Series Masters Finals, the biggest prize money event in the sport.

Positive clenbuterol test and two years banEdit

The BWF announced on 4 September 2010 that a BWF Doping Hearing conducted in Copenhagen on Monday 23 August has banned Zhou Mi for 2 years from participation in badminton, following an Adverse Analytical Finding. A sample taken from her in late June as part of the BWF's 'out-of-competition' testing programme. Zhou tested positive to clenbuterol, a Class 1 Anabolic Agent on the WADA Prohibited List of substances.[6]

On 27 October 2011, more than one year after she was handed a two-year ban for testing positive for clenbuterol, former badminton world No. 1 Zhou Mi reiterated her innocence. "At the time of the test, I was not competing or preparing to compete. There was not even the slightest reason or incentive for me to take any performance-enhancing substance," said Zhou. Regardless of the incident, Zhou, now 32, added it was time for her to retire from the sport. Clenbuterol can be consumed from eating contaminated food.[7]


Olympic GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall, Athens, Greece   Gong Ruina 11–2, 8–11, 11–6   Bronze

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England   Gong Ruina 2–11, 4–11   Bronze
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain   Gong Ruina 9–11, 4–11   Silver

Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea   Gong Ruina 11–1, 11–1   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India   Liu Xin 15–21, 18–21   Bronze
2002 Bangkok, Thailand   Zhang Ning 6–11, 11–3, 11–8   Gold

East Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong   Yip Pui Yin 21–15, 13–21, 10–17 Retired   Silver

World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Silkeborg Hallerne,
Silkeborg, Denmark
  Zhu Feng   Cheng Rui
  Gao Ling
8–15, 14–17   Bronze

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines   Gong Ruina   Silver

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium,
Manila, Philippines
  Yu Hua   Chor Hooi Yee
  Lim Pek Siah
10–15, 6–15   Bronze

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[8] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, including five elevated as Premier Series, which introduced since 2011,[9] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2009 Singapore Open   Xie Xingfang 21–19, 18–21, 21–10   Winner
2009 Malaysia Open   Tine Rasmussen 17–21, 21–15, 16–21   Runner-up
2008 Superseries Masters Finals   Wang Chen 21–14, 21–18   Winner
2008 Denmark Open   Wang Lin 18–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2008 China Masters   Wang Lin 21–19, 19–21, 21–16   Winner
2008 Japan Open   Wang Yihan 19–21, 21–17, 15–21   Runner-up
2008 Singapore Open   Tine Rasmussen 19–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2008 Korea Open   Lu Lan 21–18, 15–21, 21–15   Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals 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 Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Malaysia Open   Yip Pui Yin 16–21, 21–14, 19–21   Runner-up
2009 Philippines Open   Wang Xin 10–21, 21–12, 21–23   Runner-up
2008 New Zealand Open   Rachel Hindley 21–10, 21–15   Winner
2008 Macau Open   Julia Wong Pei Xian 21–13, 21–19   Winner
2008 India Open   Lu Lan 21–14, 21–14   Winner
2007 Philippines Open   Zhu Jingjing 21–18, 21–12   Winner
2007 Thailand Open   Zhu Lin 22–20, 5–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2007 New Zealand Open   Chie Umezu 21–13, 21–10   Winner
2005 China Masters   Zhang Ning 3–11, 11–5, 3–11   Runner-up
2005 Singapore Open   Zhang Ning 5–11, 7–11   Runner-up
2004 Singapore Open   Zhang Ning 8–11, 1–11   Runner-up
2004 Malaysia Open   Zhang Ning 11–9, 7–11, 8–11   Runner-up
2004 All England Open   Gong Ruina 7–11, 7–11   Runner-up
2003 China Open   Gong Ruina 13–10, 11–1   Winner
2003 Denmark Open   Gong Ruina 11–4, 10–13, 3–11   Runner-up
2003 Malaysia Open   Camilla Martin 11–1, 7–11, 11–5   Winner
2003 Singapore Open   Zhang Ning 0–11, 8–11   Runner-up
2003 All England Open   Xie Xingfang 11–6, 11–5   Winner
2002 Singapore Open   Zhang Ning 11–6, 11–3   Winner
2002 Japan Open   Dai Yun 7–1, 7–0, 7–1   Winner
2001 China Open   Gong Ruina 7–2, 7–0, 7–4   Winner
2001 Malaysia Open   Gong Ruina 3–7, 2–7, 4–7   Runner-up
2001 Japan Open   Gong Ruina 11–8, 11–0   Winner
2001 All England Open   Gong Zhichao 7–11, 3–11   Runner-up
2000 World Grand Prix Finals   Gong Zhichao 7–5, 5–7, 7–1, 7–0   Winner
2000 Denmark Open   Camilla Martin 1–11, 11–6, 11–7   Winner
2000 Dutch Open   Gong Ruina 11–7, 9–11, 11–8   Winner
2000 Thailand Open   Ye Zhaoying 5–11, 0–11   Runner-up
1999 China Open   Gong Ruina 11–6, 11–5   Winner
1999 Denmark Open   Camilla Martin 11–8, 3–11, 1–11   Runner-up
1999 Chinese Taipei Open   Dai Yun 5–11, 8–11   Runner-up
1999 Korea Open   Gong Ruina 11–6, 13–12   Winner
1998 Dutch Open   Yao Jie 10–13, 13–11, 11–4   Winner
1998 Brunei Open   Gong Ruina 7–11, 4–11   Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 Dutch Open   Tang Chunyu   Chen Lin
  Jiang Xuelian
9–15, 4–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1996 Brunei Open   Yang Ming   Sandiarto
  Vera Octavia
13–18, 12–15   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2007 Miami Pan Am International   Lucía Tavera 21–7, 21–6   Winner
1999 French International   Aparna Popat 11–0, 11–2   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Miami Lakes Internationals - Zhou Mi back in Business,, 23 April 2007
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 14, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Zhou Mi banned for two years Badminton World Federation. Saturday, 04 September 2010.
  7. ^ Former No1 Zhou reiterates innocence over positive drug test The Standard. Friday, 28 October 2011
  8. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006.
  9. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Retrieved 29 September 2013.

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