Wei Yili
魏轶力
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1982-06-24) 24 June 1982 (age 40)
Yichang, Hubei, China
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
HandednessLeft
Women's doubles
Highest ranking1 (with Zhao Tingting May 2003)[1]
1 (with Zhang Yawen August 2007)[2]
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  China
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Women's doubles
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Seville Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2003 Birmingham Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Madrid Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Kuala Lumpur Women's doubles
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2005 Yiyang Women's doubles
Sudirman Cup
Gold medal – first place 2007 Glasgow Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2003 Eindhoven Mixed team
Uber Cup
Gold medal – first place 2002 Guangzhou Women's team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Jakarta Women's team
Gold medal – first place 2008 Jakarta Women's team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Busan Women's team
Asian Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Bangkok Women's doubles
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Guangzhou Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2000 Guangzhou Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2000 Guangzhou Mixed doubles
Asian Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Yangon Girls' team
Gold medal – first place 2000 Kyoto Girls' doubles
Gold medal – first place 2000 Kyoto Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2000 Kyoto Girls' team
Silver medal – second place 1999 Yangon Girls' doubles
Silver medal – second place 1999 Yangon Mixed doubles
BWF profile

Wei Yili (simplified Chinese: 魏轶力; traditional Chinese: 魏軼力; pinyin: Wèi Yìlì; born 24 June 1982) is a former badminton player from China.

Career

A women's doubles specialist, since 2001 Wei has competed on the world circuit in partnership with a variety of her fellow countrywomen, but most often with Zhang Jiewen, Zhao Tingting or Zhang Yawen. A member of China's perennial world champion Uber Cup teams, in the biggest events for individual players (such as the BWF World Championships, the All-England Championships, and the Olympic Games) Wei and her partners have usually been overshadowed by China's two dominant women's doubles pairs, Gao Ling and Huang Sui, and Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen. One exception came at the 2007 All-Englands where Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen defeated both of these teams to capture the highly coveted title. Her other women's doubles titles include the China (2001), Singapore (2001, 2007), Denmark (2002, 2004), Thailand (2003), Indonesia (2006), and French (2007) Opens.

Wei has medaled four times at the BWF World Championships without "striking gold". She earned a silver with Zhang Jiewen in 2001, a silver with Zhao Tingting in 2003, a silver with Zhang Yawen in 2006, and a bronze with Zhang Yawen in 2007. She finished fourth at the 2004 Olympics in Athens with Zhao Tingting. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Wei and Zhang Yawen were beaten in the semifinals by yet another Chinese pair, Du Jing and Yu Yang, who went on to win the gold medal. Wei and Zhang earned a bronze medal by defeating Japan's Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the playoff for third place.[3]

In 2008, Wei retired from the national team. She received an award during a ceremony to mark her retirement with five other teammates from the Chinese national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008.[4] However, she was still playing a year later by partnering with Gao Ling. They lost to Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen in the Thailand Open final of 2009, but won the Philippines Open of 2009.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing, China China Zhang Yawen Japan Miyuki Maeda
Japan Satoko Suetsuna
21–17, 21–10
Bronze medal.svg
Bronze

BWF World Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain China Zhang Jiewen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
11–15, 15–17
Silver
Silver
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
8–15, 11–15
Silver
Silver
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain China Zhang Yawen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
21–23, 9–21
Silver
Silver
2007 Putra Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–19, 18–21, 16–21
Bronze
Bronze

World Cup

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 15–21
Silver
Silver

Asian Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
5–11, 1–11
Bronze
Bronze

World Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Zhang Yawen China Li Yujia
China Zhao Tingting
4–7, 7–2, 7–0, 7–1
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Zheng Bo China Sang Yang
China Zhang Yawen
3–7, 0–7, 6–8
Silver
Silver

Asian Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 National Indoor Stadium – 1, Yangon, Myanmar China Li Yujia China Xie Xingfang
China Zhang Jiewen
9–15, 6–15
Silver
Silver
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan China Zhang Yawen China Li Yujia
China Zhao Tingting
15–12, 15–5
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 National Indoor Stadium – 1, Yangon, Myanmar China Zheng Bo Indonesia Hendri Kurniawan Saputra
Indonesia Enny Erlangga
12–15, 16–17
Silver
Silver
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan China Zheng Bo China Sang Yang
China Zhang Yawen
Walkover
Gold
Gold

BWF Superseries

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[5] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011.[6] Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 All England Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–16, 8–21, 24–22 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Singapore Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhao Tingting
10–21, 21–19, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 French Open China Zhang Yawen China Yu Yang
China Zhao Tingting
21–10, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Yawen China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
20–22, 21–13, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Swiss Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 24–22, 8–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation from 1983 to 2006.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Denmark Open China Zhang Jiewen China Chen Lin
China Jiang Xuelian
7–15, 3–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 All England Open China Zhang Jiewen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
15–10, 8–15, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Singapore Open China Zhang Jiewen China Zhang Yawen
China Zhao Tingting
8–6, 7–3, 7–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 China Open China Zhang Jiewen China Huang Nanyan
China Yang Wei
8–6, 7–3, 6–8, 8–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Denmark Open China Zhao Tingting Netherlands Mia Audina
Netherlands Lotte Jonathans
11–3, 6–11, 11–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 China Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
9–11, 3–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Thailand Open China Zhao Tingting South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
South Korea Yim Kyung-jin
11–9, 5–11, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Swiss Open China Zhao Tingting China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
7–11, 11–6, 4–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Japan Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
13–10, 6–11, 5–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Japan Open China Zhao Tingting South Korea Lee Kyung-won
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
6–15, 15–5, 1–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Denmark Open China Zhao Tingting China Zhang Dan
China Zhang Yawen
15–13, 12–15, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 German Open China Zhao Tingting China Zhang Dan
China Zhang Yawen
8–15, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 China Open China Zhao Tingting China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
14–15, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 German Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
4–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 All England Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
10–15, 13–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 Japan Open China Zhao Tingting China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
12–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 China Masters China Zhang Yawen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
12–21, 21–18, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Indonesia Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–13, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Japan Open China Zhang Yawen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
15–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 China Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
17–21, 7–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Philippines Open China Gao Ling Indonesia Shendy Puspa Irawati
Indonesia Meiliana Jauhari
21–11, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Thailand Open China Gao Ling China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
24–22, 17–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

IBF International

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 French International China Zhang Jiewen China Zhang Yawen
China Zhao Tingting
7–1, 7–2, 5–7, 5–7, 2–7 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References

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