Yao Lei
姚蕾
Personal information
CountrySingapore
Born (1990-02-24) 24 February 1990 (age 33)
Nantong, Jiangsu, China
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking8 (WD with Shinta Mulia Sari 29 July 2010)
16 (XD with Chayut Triyachart 23 September 2010)[1]
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Singapore
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Delhi Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Delhi Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow Mixed team
Southeast Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Women's team
Silver medal – second place 2009 Vientiane Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Vientiane Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Jakarta–Palembang Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Jakarta–Palembang Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Naypyidaw Women's doubles
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Pune Girls' doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Waitakere City Mixed team
Asian Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Kuala Lumpur Girls' doubles
BWF profile

Yao Lei (born 24 February 1990) is a Singaporean former badminton player.[2]

Early life

In 2003, as a 13-year-old Yao emigrated to Singapore under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme.[3] Her parents Yao Yiping and Gu Xiaojing were both former international badminton players.[4][5]

Career

Yao won the women's doubles silver and mixed doubles bronze at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. She also represented Singapore in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with Shinta Mulia Sari.[6]

Yao retired from competitive badminton in 2014, citing a lack of passion and drive. Yao had enrolled at Soochow University in China for a degree in sports training.[7]

In 2018, Yao finished her studies. She participated in the 2018 Singapore Open, pairing with Lim Ming Hui in the women's doubles and Malaysian Tan Boon Heong in the mixed doubles.[4]

Achievements

Commonwealth Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex,
Delhi, India
Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari India Jwala Gutta
India Ashwini Ponnappa
16–21, 19–21 Silver Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex,
Delhi, India
Singapore Chayut Triyachart Malaysia Chan Peng Soon
Malaysia Goh Liu Ying
21–14, 17–21, 21–17 Bronze Bronze

Southeast Asian Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Gym Hall 1, National Sports Complex,
Vientiane, Laos
Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Malaysia Chin Eei Hui
Malaysia Wong Pei Tty
12–21, 11–21 Silver Silver
2011 Istora Senayan,
Jakarta, Indonesia
Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Indonesia Vita Marissa
Indonesia Nadya Melati
18–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze
2013 Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium,
Naypyidaw, Myanmar
Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Malaysia Vivian Hoo
Malaysia Woon Khe Wei
21–23, 21–17, 17–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF World Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Badminton Hall,
Pune, India
Singapore Fu Mingtian China Xie Jing
China Zhong Qianxin
21–19, 21–17 Gold Gold

Asian Junior Championships

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Singapore Fu Mingtian Indonesia Richi Puspita Dili
Indonesia Debby Susanto
10–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF Superseries

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[8] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[9] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Singapore Open Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari South Korea Kim Min-jung
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
21–17, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix

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 doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Vietnam Open Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Indonesia Shendy Puspa Irawati
Indonesia Meiliana Jauhari
16–21, 21–19, 11–21[10] 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 India Open Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari India Jwala Gutta
India Ashwini Ponnappa
21–11, 9–21, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Vietnam Open Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Indonesia Anneke Feinya Agustin
Indonesia Nitya Krishinda Maheswari
21–23, 24–26 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Dutch Open Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Thailand Duanganong Aroonkesorn
Thailand Kunchala Voravichitchaikul
10–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Korea Grand Prix Gold Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari South Korea Eom Hye-won
South Korea Jang Ye-na
15–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 India Grand Prix Gold Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Japan Miyuki Maeda
Japan Satoko Suetsuna
21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Malaysia Chin Eei Hui
Malaysia Wong Pei Tty
18–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 India Open Singapore Chayut Triyachart India Valiyaveetil Diju
India Jwala Gutta
21–23, 22–20, 7–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Ballarat International Singapore Frances Liu Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari
Singapore Vanessa Neo
21–14, 17–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Waikato International Singapore Frances Liu Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari
Singapore Vanessa Neo
21–11, 18–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Singapore International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Indonesia Nadya Melati
Indonesia Devi Tika Permatasari
14–21, 21–14, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Vietnam International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Singapore Frances Liu
Singapore Vanessa Neo
15–21, 21–18, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Indonesia International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Indonesia Shendy Puspa Irawati
Indonesia Meiliana Jauhari
14–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Singapore International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
South Korea Kim Jin-ock
20–22, 21–18, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Banuinvest International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Scotland Jillie Cooper
Scotland Emma Mason
21–8, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Polish International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Hong Kong Chan Tsz Ka
Hong Kong Chau Hoi Wah
18–21, 21–16, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Kharkiv International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Germany Sandra Marinello
Germany Birgit Michels
21–17, 18–21, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Belgian International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari England Mariana Agathangelou
England Heather Olver
21–12, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Singapore International Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari Singapore Fu Mingtian
Singapore Vanessa Neo
19–21, 21–15, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Singapore International Singapore Riky Widianto Singapore Chayut Triyachart
Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari
21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Indonesia International Singapore Chayut Triyachart Indonesia Fran Kurniawan
Indonesia Shendy Puspa Irawati
19–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Banuinvest International Singapore Chayut Triyachart Belgium Wouter Claes
Belgium Nathalie Descamps
21–13, 23–21 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Polish International Singapore Chayut Triyachart Russia Andrey Ashmarin
Russia Anastasia Prokopenko
12–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Kharkiv International Singapore Chayut Triyachart Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Birgit Michels
18–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Belgian International Singapore Chayut Triyachart Netherlands Jorrit de Ruiter
Netherlands Selena Piek
23–25, 21–16, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

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