Zhang Ailing
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  China
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1979 Hangzhou Women's team
Silver medal – second place 1979 Hangzhou Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Copenhagen Women's singles
World Games
Gold medal – first place 1981 Santa Clara Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1981 Santa Clara Women's doubles
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1983 Kuala Lumpur Women's singles
Uber Cup
Gold medal – first place 1984 Kuala Lumpur Women's team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1982 New Delhi Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1982 New Delhi Women's team

Zhang Ailing (Chinese: 张爱玲; pinyin: Zhāng Àilíng; born 1957) is a retired badminton player from China.

Career

In 1978 Zhang won women's singles at the rival "world championship" which was run by the short-lived World Badminton Federation prior to China's entry into the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation). She was the dominant international singles player when China joined the IBF in 1981, winning the multi-sport World Games in 1981, the Asian Games in 1982,[1] and the prestigious All-England Championships in both 1982 and 1983,[2] as well as a host of other significant titles. In the 1983 IBF World Championships, however, she was beaten in the semifinal by Chinese teammate Han Aiping[3] and after this result was unable to regain her previous dominance. Zhang played third singles on China's 1984 Uber Cup (women's international) team which won the team world championship.

Whether because Zhang, by then in her late twenties, could no longer beat her teammates Han and Li Lingwei, or because of her marriage to fellow Chinese player Chen Changjie, she disappeared from international badminton after the 1983-1984 season.

Achievements

World Championships

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1978 Bangkok, Thailand Thailand Sirisriro Patama 11–4, 11–4
Gold
Gold
1983 Brøndbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark China Han Aiping 7–11, 7–11
Bronze
Bronze
Women's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 Bangkok, Thailand China Li Fang China Zheng Huiming
China Qiu Yufang
5–15, 15–9, 15–10
Gold
Gold
1979 Hangzhou, China China Liu Xia Thailand Sirisriro Patama
Thailand Suleeporn Jittariyakul
10–15, 11–15
Silver
Silver

World Cup

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1983 Stadium Negara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China Han Aiping 11–6, 5–11, 4–11
Silver
Silver

World Games

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States South Korea Hwang Sun-ai 7–11, 11–9, 12–9
Gold
Gold
Women's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States China Liu Xia England Jane Webster
England Nora Perry
11–15, 15–4, 15–8
Gold
Gold

Asian Games

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1982 Indraprastha Indoor Stadium,
New Delhi, India
China Li Lingwei 11–6, 11–8
Gold
Gold
Mixed doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 Bangkok,
Thailand
China Tang Xianhu Indonesia Hariamanto Kartono
Indonesia Theresia Widiastuti
Gold
Gold

International tournaments

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

Women's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1981 Scandinavian Cup Denmark Lene Køppen 6–11, 11–12 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1981 English Masters Denmark Lene Køppen 11–6, 11–12, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1982 All England Open China Li Lingwei 11–4, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1983 All England Open China Wu Jianqiu 11–5, 10–12, 12–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
Women's doubles
Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1981 Scandinavian Cup China Liu Xia England Jane Webster
England Nora Perry
12–15, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1981 English Masters China Liu Xia England Gillian Gilks
Japan Yoshiko Yonekura
15–10, 3–15, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  IBF Grand Prix tournament

Invitational tournament

Women's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1978 Asian Invitational Championships China Liu Xia 2–11, 7–11
Silver
Silver

References

  1. ^ Shirish Nadkarni, "China Stroll away with Star Honors", World Badminton, March 1983, 16-18.
  2. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 106.
  3. ^ Hans Moller, "how Sugiarto and King created a dream final", World Badminton, June 1983, 14.