Linda Zetchiri
Zetchiri at the 2018 Kazan European women's team championships
Personal information
Birth nameLinda Zetchiri
CountryBulgaria
Born (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 36)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
Women's singles
Highest ranking21 (27 April 2017)
Current ranking114 (25 October 2022)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Bulgaria
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Karlskrona Women's singles
European Women's Team Championships
Silver medal – second place 2016 Kazan Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Basel Women's team
European Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Den Bosch Girls' singles
BWF profile

Linda Zetchiri (Bulgarian: Линда Зечири; born 27 July 1987) is a Bulgarian badminton player. She competed in the women's singles at the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics.[1]

Career

Zetchiri is one of the leading Bulgarian players in the sport.[2] She was the bronze medallists at the 2005 European Junior and 2012 European Championships.[3][4] She competed at the 2015 Baku and 2019 Minsk European Games.[5][6]

Personal life

Zetchiri was born in Sofia (Bulgaria) of mixed ancestry has Kosovo Albanian (through her grandfather) and Italian roots (on her grandmother's side).[7] And her mom is Bulgarian. Her sister, Dzhema, serves as her sports manager.[7]

Achievements

European Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Telenor Arena, Karlskrona, Sweden Denmark Tine Baun 13–21, 14–21 Bronze Bronze

European Junior Championships

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2005 De Maaspoort, Den Bosch, Netherlands Switzerland Jeanine Cicognini 5–11, 5–11 Bronze Bronze

BWF Grand Prix (2 runners-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 Dutch Open Netherlands Yao Jie 14–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Bitburger Open Thailand Nitchaon Jindapol 13–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (9 titles, 13 runners-up)

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Slovenian International Belgium Lianne Tan 21–15, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Banuinvest International Bulgaria Petya Nedelcheva 9–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Bulgarian International Bulgaria Petya Nedelcheva 14–21, 8–19 retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Turkey International Netherlands Judith Meulendijks 21–19, 18–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Bulgarian International Turkey Neslihan Yiğit 21–18, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Norwegian International Republic of Ireland Chloe Magee 21–19, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Portugal International Spain Beatriz Corrales 15–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Norwegian International France Sashina Vignes Waran 21–18, 11–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Cyprus International Wales Carissa Turner 21–15, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Hellas International Switzerland Nicole Schaller 21–14, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Bulgaria Eurasia Open Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva 16–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Hellas International Republic of Ireland Chloe Magee 21–13, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Kharkiv International Turkey Özge Bayrak 10–11, 11–5, 3–11, 11–8, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Welsh International Spain Beatriz Corrales 21–10, 13–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Iran Fajr International Turkey Neslihan Yiğit 21–19, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Austrian International Hong Kong Cheung Ngan Yi 16–21, 8–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Hellas International England Fontaine Chapman 9–21, 6–14 retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Czech Open Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 16–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Brazil International Belgium Lianne Tan 21–17, 12–21, 4–13 retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 Iran Fajr International United States Crystal Pan 18–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 Jamaica International Japan Momoka Kimura 12–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 Bulgarian International Serbia Marija Sudimac 21–7, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

See also

References

  1. ^ "Badminton Zetchiri Linda - Tokyo 2020 Olympics". Olympics. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  2. ^ "Вести". 7 Sport. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ "European Junior Championships, Individuals". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Зечири остана с бронз от Европейското по бадминтон" (in Bulgarian). bTV Новините. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Athletes: Linda Zetchiri". Baku 2015. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "Rio 2016: Bulgaria's Olympic hopefuls". Bulgarian National Radio. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Сестри Зечири: Слухът е много важен и в спорта". bTV. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2021.