Beiwen Zhang
张蓓雯
Personal information
CountryChina (until 2007)
Singapore (2007–2013)
United States (2013–present)
Born (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 33)
Anshan, Liaoning, China
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Career record319 wins, 173 losses
Highest ranking9 (22 June 2017)
Current ranking10 (30 January 2024)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2023 Santiago Women's singles
Pan Am Championships
Gold medal – first place 2021 Guatemala City Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2022 San Salvador Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2023 Kingston Women's singles
Pan Am Mixed Team Championships
Silver medal – second place 2023 Guadalajara Mixed team
Pan Am Female Badminton Cup
Silver medal – second place 2024 São Paulo Women's team
Representing  Singapore
Southeast Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Vientiane Women's team
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Waitakere City Mixed team
BWF profile

Beiwen Zhang (simplified Chinese: 张蓓雯; traditional Chinese: 張蓓雯; pinyin: Zhāng Bèiwén; born 12 July 1990) is an American badminton player born in Chinese who is a singles specialist.[1] She won the women's singles title at the 2021 Pan Am Championships and at the 2023 Pan American Games.[2][3]

Career

2003–11 Singapore

Zhang was born in China and moved to Singapore at the age of 13 in 2003, under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme,[4] and played with the Singapore National Team until 2012.[4] In 2007, Zhang took up Singapore citizenship.[4]

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.[5] 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 2011, her contract with the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) was not renewed reportedly falling out with then-singles head coach Luan Ching.[4]

2013–present United States

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.[6]

In 2014, Zhang competed in the Singapore Open and was asked by the SBA to rejoin Singapore national team.[4]

In 2016, Zhang started to compete in the Danish Badminton League, for Vendsyssel Elite Badminton.[7] Zhang reached the final round at a BWF Super Series event, the French Open, for the first time, but finished as the runner-up after losing the final to He Bingjiao of China in straight games.[8] In 2018, she won her first BWF World Tour title at the India Open, defeating host player and defending champion P. V. Sindhu with the score 21–18, 11–21, 22–20 in the final.[9]

In 2021, Zhang competed in her first Pan Am Championships and clinched the women's singles title after beating Rachel Chan of Canada in straight games.[2] On March the same year, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen.[10] She then competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Her bid for a medal was cut short, however, when she suffered an apparent achilles injury during a match against He Bingjiao of China in the round of 16.[11]

Zhang started the 2023 season in Asia by competing in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Thailand,where her best performance was entering the quarter-finals in India. Her performance improved on tour in Europe, by being a finalist in the Orléans Masters, semi-finalist in the Swiss Open, and also quarter-finalist in the Spain Masters. She then took part in the Pan Am Championships in Jamaica, and won the women's singles silver medal. Zhang's form picked up in recent months. She finished runner-up at the Taipei Open in June, made the Canada Open semi-finals and reached the Japan Open quarter-finals in July. She then won her first World Tour title in five years in the Australian Open in August, beating Kim Ga-eun in the final.[12] In October, she claimed the gold medal in the women's singles in her debut at the Pan American Games.[3]

Achievements

Pan American Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2023 Olympic Training Center, Santiago, Chile United States Jennie Gai 21–8, 21–12 Gold Gold

Pan American Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2021 Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Guatemala City, Guatemala Canada Rachel Chan 21–14, 21–18 Gold Gold
2022 Palacio de los Deportes Carlos "El Famoso" Hernández,
San Salvador, El Salvador
Canada Michelle Li 18–21, 21–16, 23–25 Silver Silver
2023 G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Kingston, Jamaica Canada Michelle Li 19–21, 9–21 Silver Silver

BWF World Tour (3 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[13] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300, and the BWF Tour Super 100.[14]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 India Open Super 500 India P. V. Sindhu 21–18, 11–21, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 U.S. Open Super 300 China Li Xuerui 26–24, 15–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Korea Open Super 500 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 10–21, 21–17, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2023 Orléans Masters Super 300 Spain Carolina Marín 23–25, 21–9, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2023 Taipei Open Super 300 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 14–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2023 Australian Open Super 500 South Korea Kim Ga-eun 20–22, 21–16, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Hylo Open Super 300 Denmark Line Kjærsfeldt 21–18, 16–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Superseries (1 runner-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[15] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[16] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 French Open China He Bingjiao 9–21 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (7 titles, 2 runner-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Vietnam Open Singapore Xing Aiying 11–21, 21–19, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner[17]
2014 U.S. Open Japan Kana Ito 21–8, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Brasil Open Japan Kaori Imabeppu 6–11, 11–5, 4–11, 11–8, 11–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Dutch Open Chinese Taipei Pai Yu-po 11–9, 11–7, 11–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 U.S. Grand Prix Canada Rachel Honderich 21–11, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Canada Open Canada Michelle Li Walkover 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Dutch Open Chinese Taipei Hsu Ya-ching 21–11, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Dutch Open Canada Michelle Li 21–16, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Bitburger Open Thailand Nitchaon Jindapol 17–21, 21–15, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (9 titles, 2 runner-up)

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2013 Swiss International India Tanvi Lad 21–12, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 USA International United States Iris Wang 21–10, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Welsh International Spain Beatriz Corrales 21–12, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Irish Open Spain Beatriz Corrales 21–9, 17–21, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Peru International Canada Michelle Li 27–25, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 USA International Chinese Taipei Pai Yu-po 21–14, 13–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Yonex / K&D Graphics International Canada Rachel Honderich 21–13, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Croatian International Singapore Fu Mingtian Singapore Frances Liu
Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari
Walkover 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Croatian International Singapore Gu Juan China Cai Jiani
China Guo Xin
21–15, 6–21, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 USA International United States Jing Yu Hong Brazil Paula B Pereira
Brazil Lohaynny Vicente
21–7, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Yonex / K&D Graphics International United States Jing Yu Hong United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obañana
21–17, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

Record against selected opponents

Record against Year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 23 October 2022.[18]

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