Iris Wang
王苑力
Personal information
CountryUnited States
Born (1994-09-02) 2 September 1994 (age 27)
Pasadena, California, United States
ResidenceArcadia, California, United States
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
HandednessRight
Women's singles & doubles
Highest ranking30 (WS 7 April 2016)
24 (XD 21 April 2011)
Current ranking31 (WS 3 May 2022)
BWF profile

Iris Wang (Chinese: 王苑力; born 2 September 1994) is an American badminton player who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Personal life

Wang was born in Pasadena, California on 2 September 1994 to Chinese parents.[1] Her older sister, Rena Wang, is also an international badminton player.[2]

Career

Wang won a bronze medal in the women's doubles at the 2010 Pan Am Badminton Championships playing alongside her sister Rena.[1] In 2011, she was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage of the women's singles at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, after losing to Canadian player Michelle Li.[3] Competing alongside her sister Rena, Wang won a silver medal in the women's doubles.[2]

At the 2013 Pan Am Badminton Championships she won a silver medal in the team event as part of the United States squad.[1] Wang won the gold medal at the 2014 Brazil International tournament, defeating Lohaynny Vicente in the final.[4] She also won gold medals at the Mercosul International and Argentina International events.[1] She was part of the United States squad that won a team silver medal at the 2014 Pan Am Badminton Championships.[1]

At the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wang won a bronze medal in the women's singles.[1] She defeated Damaris Ortiz Prada of Venezuela, Luana Vicente of Brazil and Daniela Macias of Peru, before losing her semifinal to Rachel Honderich of Canada.[5]

In February 2016, Wang was part of the United States squad that won the women's team gold medal at the Pan American Team Continental Championships. Wang defeated Canada's Kyleigh O'Donoghue 21–12, 21–4, as the US won the final 3–2.[6]

As of May 2016, Wang was ranked 33rd in the world for women's singles.[7] The 34 highest ranked athletes, with a maximum of two per nation, earned qualification for the women's singles event in at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[8] The United States Olympic Committee confirmed Wang's place in the United States team on 10 May 2016.[9]

Achievements

Pan American Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre, Toronto, Canada Canada Rachel Honderich 15–21, 11–21
Bronze
Bronze
2019 Polideportivo 3, Lima, Peru Canada Michelle Li 10–21, 5–21
Bronze
Bronze

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Rena Wang Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Michelle Li
15–21, 15–21
Silver
Silver

Pan American Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2021 Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Guatemala City, Guatemala Canada Rachel Chan 21–19, 19–21, 9–21
Bronze
Bronze
2022 Palacio de los Deportes Carlos "El Famoso" Hernández,
San Salvador, El Salvador
Canada Michelle Li 14–21, 18–21
Bronze
Bronze

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Rena Wang Canada Grace Gao
Canada Fiona McKee
17–21, 21–18, 18–21
Bronze
Bronze
2010 Clube Curitibano,
Curitiba, Brazil
United States Rena Wang Canada Grace Gao
Canada Joycelyn Ko
16–21, 21–19, 18–21
Bronze
Bronze

BWF World Tour (1 runner-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[10] 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 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[11]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2022 Orléans Masters Super 100 Indonesia Putri Kusuma Wardani 21–7, 19–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF International Challenge/Series (6 titles, 5 runners-up)

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2013 Santo Domingo Open Brazil Lohaynny Vicente 21–18, 21–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 USA International United States Beiwen Zhang 10–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Mercosul International United States Bo Rong 18–21, 21–17, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Argentina International United States Bo Rong 21–12, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Brazil International Brazil Lohaynny Vicente 11–5, 11–9, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Spanish International Spain Beatriz Corrales 13–21, 21–14, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Bangladesh International India Gadde Ruthvika Shivani 21–23, 21–19, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Peru International Germany Karin Schnaase 6–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Maldives International Vietnam Vũ Thị Trang 21–15, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Brazil International United States Rena Wang United States Eva Lee
United States Paula Lynn Obañana
21–14, 11–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Peru International United States Rena Wang Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Michelle Li
21–11, 15–21, 8–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Iris Wang Badminton". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b Hearn, Don. "Iris Wang – America's young globetrotter". BAdminton World. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Canada captures tae kwon do gold at Pan Am Games". The Globe and Mail. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  4. ^ Morikawa, Kota. "Iris Wang Takes Gold at Brazil Int". Badminton Monthly. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Badminton - Athlete Profile Wang Iris". Official Website of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Archived from the original on 5 August 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  6. ^ Pavitt, Michael (20 February 2016). "Hosts Mexico and United States earn Pan American Team Badminton Championship crowns". Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Race to Rio - BWF Olympic Qualification". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Olympic Qualification Regulations for Rio 2016". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  9. ^ Bonhert, Craig. "USA Badminton Qualifies In All Five Olympic Events For First Time In History, Announces Roster". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  10. ^ Alleyne, Gayle (19 March 2017). "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  11. ^ Sukumar, Dev (10 January 2018). "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.