Gong Ruina
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1981-01-23) January 23, 1981 (age 41)
Anhua County, Hunan, China
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile

Gong Ruina (simplified Chinese: 龚睿那; traditional Chinese: 龔睿那; pinyin: Gōng Ruìnà; born 23January 1981) is a badminton player from the People's Republic of China.[1]

Career

Gong Ruina was one of the world's leading women's singles players, former World No. 1 in the first few years of the 21st century.[2] She won a number of top tier international titles including the 2001 IBF World Championships in Seville, Spain and the venerable All-England Championships (2004).[3] In both of these events she defeated fellow countrywoman Zhou Mi, one of her principal rivals, in the finals. On the other hand, Gong was beaten by Zhou in the final of the Asian Games (2002), and was denied a bronze medal by her at the 2004 Athens Olympics after each had been beaten in the semifinals.[4]

Gong played singles for China's world champion Uber Cup (women's international) teams of 2002 and 2004. Her other individual titles included the Brunei (1998), Swedish (1999), Malaysia (2001), China (2002), Indonesia (2002), Denmark (2003), and Swiss (2004) Opens. She was a bronze medalist at the 1999 IBF World Championships in Copenhagen, and a silver medalist behind fellow countrywoman Zhang Ning at the 2003 IBF World Championships in Birmingham, England.[1]

Gong retired in the prime of her career to explore other opportunities in her life in June 2005.[3] She once lived in Hong Kong with her husband, a Chinese entrepreneur who has a company in Hong Kong, and with her two children.[5][6] She now works as the head coach of the Hunan province amateur badminton team.[7][8]

Achievements

World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England China Zhang Ning 6–11, 3–11
Silver
Silver
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain China Zhou Mi 11–9, 11–4
Gold
Gold
1999 Brøndby Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark Denmark Camilla Martin 11–6, 9–11, 3–11
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea China Zhou Mi 1–11, 1–11
Silver
Silver

Asian Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Bangkok, Thailand China Gong Zhichao 5–11, 5–11
Bronze
Bronze

World Junior Championships

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Sports and Aquatic Centre, Melbourne, Australia China Hu Ting 3–11, 13–10, 11–7
Gold
Gold

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Sports and Aquatic Centre, Melbourne, Australia China Huang Sui China Zhang Jiewen
China Xie Xingfang
15–3, 13–15, 10–15
Silver
Silver

Asian Junior Championships

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Hu Ting 6–11, 2–11
Silver
Silver
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines China Zhou Mi
Gold
Gold

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Huang Sui South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
South Korea Jun Woul-sihk
15–13, 15–8
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1997 Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Philippines China Jiang Shan China Cheng Rui
China Gao Ling
6–15, 5–15
Bronze
Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix

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

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2004 Japan Open Netherlands Mia Audina 11–7, 7–11, 7–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 All England Open China Zhou Mi 11–7, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Swiss Open Netherlands Mia Audina 13–11, 11–0 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 China Open China Zhou Mi 10–13, 1–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Ning 5–11, 9–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Denmark Open China Zhou Mi 4–11, 13–10, 11–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 China Open China Zhang Ning 11–5, 11–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Denmark Open Denmark Camilla Martin 5–11, 11–3, 7–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Indonesia Open China Zhang Ning 11–6, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Korea Open China Zhang Ning 0–7, 7–5, 1–7, 2–7 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 China Open China Zhou Mi 2–7, 0–7, 4–7 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Malaysia Open China Zhou Mi 7–3, 7–2, 7–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 Japan Open China Zhou Mi 8–11, 0–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 Dutch Open China Zhou Mi 7–11, 11–9, 8–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 Swiss Open China Dai Yun 5–11, 12–13 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 China Open China Zhou Mi 6–11, 5–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Thailand Open China Dai Yun 6–11, 5–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Malaysia Open China Dai Yun 6–11, 3–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Swedish Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 11–8, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Korea Open China Zhou Mi 6–11, 12–13 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1998 Brunei Open China Zhou Mi 11–7, 11–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Hong Kong Open China Wu Huimin 11–3, 8–11, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.

Footnotes

  1. Some sources give 龚睿娜.
  2. The pronunciation of this name might also be Gōng Ruìnǎ. Please verify.

References

  1. ^ a b "Gong Ruina". www.china.org.cn. China Internet Information Center. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Catch Li Li live on Ch 5". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Gong Ruina Retires at the Top of Her Game". www.badminton-information.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Gong Ruina at the Olympics". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ "People – Gong Ruina a Happy Mother". Badzine.net. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Gong Ruina resign as deputy director of Yiyang City Merchants Venture". www.top-news.top. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Lin Dan offers tips for amateur shuttlers". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ "第十三届全运会羽球盛宴 民间高手唱主角" (in Chinese). Chinese Badminton Association. Retrieved 4 April 2018.