Xie Xingfang
谢杏芳
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1981-01-08) January 8, 1981 (age 41)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb; 9 st 6 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile
Xie Xingfang
Traditional Chinese謝杏芳
Simplified Chinese谢杏芳

Xie Xingfang (born January 8, 1981) is a retired Chinese badminton player from Guangzhou, Guangdong. She is a former defending two-time world champion for women's singles, and former women's singles World No. 1.[1]

Her first big title was in girls' doubles, with her provincial team mate Zhang Jiewen, at the World Junior Championships in 1998. She has also won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in mixed doubles with Cai Yun. However, once she entered the Chinese national team, she switched to singles. 2004 was her "break-out" year, as she won several top tier titles on the world circuit. Xie and her senior compatriot and rival Zhang Ning were the most dominant international women's singles players of the middle and late parts of the decade, though they were pressed by younger teammates such as Zhu Lin, Lu Lan, Jiang Yanjiao and Wang Yihan. Due to her height and slender figure, she is regarded to have elegant movement. Xie's strengths were her reach, quickness, consistency, and court sense. She was a member of China's world champion Uber Cup teams of 2004, 2006, and 2008.

Her last appearance as a player in a major badminton competition came at the National Games of China in October 2009.

During most of her badminton career Xie was romantically involved with fellow Chinese badminton star Lin Dan. In 2006 Xie and Lin won their respective women's and men's singles titles at the IBF World Championships in Madrid. Xie had also won the world title in 2005 when Lin finished second to Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat. Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan were married in Guangzhou, China, on 13 December 2010, after seven years of dating. She is also a mother of a son, Lin Xiao Yu, who was born on 5 November 2016.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing, China China Zhang Ning 12–21, 21–10, 18–21
Silver medal.svg
Silver

World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India China Lu Lan 21–23, 12–21
Silver
Silver
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain China Zhang Ning 21–16, 21–14
Gold
Gold
2005 Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States China Zhang Ning 11–8, 9–11, 11–3
Gold
Gold

World Cup

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2006 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China China Wang Yihan 18–21, 19–21
Silver
Silver
2005 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China China Zhang Ning 21–19, 21–16
Gold
Gold

Asian Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2006 Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar Hong Kong Wang Chen 17–21, 21–17, 16–21
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Suwon Indoor Stadium, Suwon, South Korea China Zhu Lin 11–21, 10–21
Silver
Silver
2000 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Ellen Angelina 2–11, 11–7, 11–3
Gold
Gold

World Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

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

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Sports and Aquatic Centre,
Melbourne, Australia
China Cai Yun Malaysia Chan Chong Ming
Malaysia Joanne Quay
4–15, 3–15
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1999 National Indoor Stadium – 1,
Yangon, Myanmar
China Zhang Jiewen China Li Yujia
China Wei Yili
15–9, 15–6
Gold
Gold
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China Dong Fang South Korea Jun Woul-sik
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
3–15, 8–15
Bronze
Bronze

BWF Superseries

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2009 Singapore Open Hong Kong Zhou Mi 19–21, 21–18, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Wang Chen 16–21, 21–10, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 French Open China Wang Lin 18–21, 21–13, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Swiss Open China Zhang Ning 21–18, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Hongkong Open China Zhu Lin 21–19, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 China Open Malaysia Wong Mew Choo 16–21, 21–8, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 French Open France Pi Hongyan 21–13, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Japan Open Denmark Tine Rasmussen 15–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 China Masters China Zhang Ning 21–11, 8–21, 23–21 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Singapore Open China Zhang Ning 18–21, 21–19, 3–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 All England Open France Pi Hongyan 21–6, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Korea Open China Zhu Lin 21–14, 21–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Superseries tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament

BWF Grand Prix

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Thailand Open China Lu Lan 26–24, 21–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Macau Open South Korea Jun Jae-youn 21–10, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 German Open Germany Huaiwen Xu 19–21, 21–12, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Japan Open China Zhang Ning 11–21, 21–16, 29–30 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Hongkong Open China Zhang Ning Walkover 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Chinese Taipei Open China Zhang Ning 15–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 China Masters China Wang Lin 21–15, 13–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 All England Open China Zhang Ning 11–6, 4–11, 11–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 China Open China Zhang Ning 11–3, 4–11, 8–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 Hongkong Open China Zhang Ning 4–11, 11–1, 6–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 Japan Open China Zhang Ning 7–11, 8–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 All England Open China Zhang Ning 11–3, 11–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 German Open China Zhang Ning 11–5, 11–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Indonesia Open Japan Eriko Hirose 11–8, 11–0 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 China Open Hong Kong Wang Chen 5–11, 11–3, 11–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 German Open Germany Xu Huaiwen 9–11, 11–6, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Denmark Open Netherlands Yao Jie 11–9, 8–11, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Indonesia Open Hong Kong Wang Chen 11–6, 8–11, 11–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Japan Open Denmark Camilla Martin 1–11, 5–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 All England Open China Zhou Mi 6–11, 5–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Ling Wan Ting 7–11, 11–7, 11–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

IBF International

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2002 French International China Wang Rong 7–3, 7–2, 7–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Record against selected opponents

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

References

  1. ^ "The many faces of Xie Xingfang". China Daily. Retrieved 24 April 2018.