Wang Yihan

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wang.
Wang Yihan
Personal information
Date of birth January 18, 1988 (1988-01-18) (age 22)
Place of birth Shanghai, China
Height 178cm
Country China
Handedness Right
Coach People's Republic of China Zhang Ning
Women singles
Highest Ranking 1 (October 29, 2009)
Current Ranking 1 (July 15, 2010)
BWF Profile

Wang Yihan (simplified Chinese: 王仪涵; pinyin: Wáng yí hán, born in Shanghai; January 18, 1988[1]) is a professional female badminton player from China. Wang started her career with her coach Wang Pengren at only nine years of age. She was selected for the junior team in 2004, and after being promoted to the senior team in 2006 she began to shine in major tournaments.[2] She is currently coached by Zhang Ning, twice Olympics gold medalist. As of October 2009, Wang is the world number one.


Olympic medal record
Competitor for China
Women’s Badminton
Sudirman Cup
Gold 2009 Guangzhou Team

Wang appears to be one of China’s rising badminton stars. She won girl’s singles at both the Asian Junior and the World Junior Championships in 2006[3]. In open international competition she captured the Badminton World Cup in 2006, and the Bitburger and Russian Opens in 2007. In September 2008 she defeated the Chinese-Hong Kong “veteran” Zhou Mi in the final of the Japan Open[4]. The tourney is one of the Badminton World Federation’s Super Series events which carry the highest level of prize money in the sport. In 2009 she won the Yonex German Open[5] singles competition against fellow countrywoman Zhu Lin, and just one week later, at the age of 21, the prestigious All-England Championships against Denmark’s Tine Rasmussen. Wang then went on to win the Wilson Swiss Open[6] against compatriot Jiang Yanjiao (21-17, 17-21, 21-13). Wang won the Macau Open [7] for the first time in August 2009 when she again beat Jiang Yanjiao (16-21, 22-20, 21-12). In September 2009, Wang won her second YONEX Open Japan [7] title by beating Wang Xin (21-8, 21-9). Wang then won the French Super Series[8] in November when she emphatically beat top seed, and defending champion, Wang Lin (21-9, 21-12). Wang won her second title in a row, and her 5th BWF Super Series tournament of the year, when she beat Jiang Yanjiao (21-13, 21-15) in the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open [9]. This was also her 7th title overall in 2009.

Record Against Selected Opponents

  • Hong Kong Pui Yin Yip 3-2
  • Japan Ai Goto 3–0
  • People's Republic of China Zhu Jingjing 2-1
  • Hong Kong Wang Chen 3-0
  • People's Republic of China Zhang Ning 0-1
  • India Jwala P Gutta 1-0
  • Chinese Taipei Cheng Shao-chieh 2-0
  • Indonesia Adriyanti Firdasari 0-1
  • South Korea Kim Moon Hi 0-1
  • People's Republic of China Wang Shi Xian 2-1
  • People's Republic of China Lu Lan 3-4
  • Bulgaria Petya Nedelcheva 2-0
  • Germany Xu Huai Wen 2-0
  • France Pi Hong Yan 1-1
  • Thailand Salakjit Ponsana 2-0
  • Japan Eriko Hirose 3-0
  • Denmark Tine Rasmussen 3-4
  • Hong Kong Zhou Mi 4-0
  • People's Republic of China Wang Lin 2-1
  • People's Republic of China Jiang Yan Jiao 4-2
  • People's Republic of China Xie Xing Fang 1-2
  • Denmark Nanna Brosolat Jensen 1-0
  • South Korea Hwang Hye Youn 1-0
  • Indonesia Maria Kristin Yulianti 1-0
  • Malaysia Wong Mew Choo 0-1
  • Netherlands Judith Meulendijks 1-0
  • Germany Juliane Schenk 1-1
  • South Korea Seung Hee Bae 2-1
  • People's Republic of China Wang Xin 4-0
  • South Korea Bae Youn Joo 1-0
  • Japan Yu Hirayama 1-0
  • India Saina Nehwal 1-0

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