Xia Xuanze
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1979-01-05) 5 January 1979 (age 43)
Rui'an, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China[1]
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
HandednessRight
EventMen's singles
Xia Xuanze
Traditional Chinese夏煊澤
Simplified Chinese夏煊泽

Xia Xuanze (born 5 January 1979) is a former badminton player from China who played singles at the world level from the late 1990s through the first few years of the 21st century. Now he is a singles coach for the national team of China.

Career

At one time or another he experienced victory in most of badminton's biggest events. The exception came in his sole appearance at the Olympics when he was beaten in the semifinals of the 2000 Games in Sydney by Indonesia's Hendrawan. Xia settled for a bronze medal there after defeating Denmark's Peter Gade in the playoff for third place.[2] Earlier in that season, Xia had won the prestigious All-England Championships over eighteen-year-old Taufik Hidayat. He captured men's singles at the IBF World Championships in 2003 by defeating Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann. Finally, in international team play, he was a member of the Chinese squad that ended a long drought by capturing the highly coveted Thomas Cup (men's world team competition and trophy) in 2004.

In 2010 Thomas Cup, Xia coached Chen Jin, witnessing his country win 3–0 over Indonesia for their fourth consecutive Thomas Cup.

In 2017, Xia Xuanze together with Zhang Jun replaced Li Yongbo as head coach of the Chinese badminton team.[3]

Player attributes

Xia's game was marked by impressive speed and agility, aggressive and accurate net play, and adequate, if not overwhelming, overhead power. The power he used in his legs allowed him to "play the shot" very early. This attribute, combined with very sophisticated and consistent deceptive shots, gave some of his opponents the opportunity to win very few points at all.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2000 Pavilion 3, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia Denmark Peter Gade 15–13, 15–5
Bronze medal.svg
Bronze

World Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom Malaysia Wong Choong Hann 15–6, 13–15, 15–6
Gold
Gold

Asian Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2001 PhilSports Arena, Manila, Philippines China Lin Dan 15–10, 15–9
Gold
Gold
2002 Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 2–15, 11–15
Bronze
Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1999 German Open India Pullela Gopichand 15–4, 13–15, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Dutch Open China Ji Xinpeng 15–10, 15–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 All England Open Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 15–6, 15–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Swiss Open China Ji Xinpeng 15–8, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Malaysia Open Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 10–15, 14–17 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 World Grand Prix Finals Indonesia Marleve Mainaky 7–4, 7–5, 2–7, 8–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 China Open Malaysia Wong Choong Hann 3–7, 7–3, 2–7, 7–5, 7–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Japan Open South Korea Lee Hyun-il 7–5, 5–7, 7–0, 5–7, 2–5 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Japan Open China Lin Dan 15–12, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Korea Open China Chen Hong 15–9, 17–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Denmark Open China Lin Dan 12–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 German Open China Lin Dan 16–17, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Swiss Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 8–15, 0–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References

  1. ^ "Biographical information: Xia Xuanze". www.olympedia.org. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Xia Xuanze". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-04.
  3. ^ "Chinese badminton head coach Li Yongbo replaced by Xia Xuanze and Zhang Jun". www.chinadailyhk.com. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2020.