Wei Yili

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Wei Yili
魏轶力
Personal information
Country China
Born (1982-06-24) 24 June 1982 (age 37)
Yichang, Hubei, China
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
HandednessLeft
Women's doubles
Highest ranking9 (October 22, 2009)
Current rankingRetired
BWF profile

Wei Yili (simplified Chinese: 魏轶力; traditional Chinese: 魏軼力; pinyin: Wèi Yìlì; born 24 June 1982) is a former badminton player from the People's Republic of China.

Career[edit]

A women's doubles specialist, since 2001 Wei has competed on the world circuit in partnership with a variety of her fellow countrywomen, but most often with either Zhao Tingting or Zhang Yawen. A member of China's perennial world champion Uber Cup teams, in the biggest events for individual players (such as the BWF World Championships, the All-England Championships, and the Olympic Games) Wei and her partners have usually been overshadowed by China's two dominant women's doubles pairs, Gao Ling and Huang Sui, and Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen. One exception came at the 2007 All-Englands where Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen defeated both of these teams to capture the highly coveted title. Her other women's doubles titles include the China (2001), Singapore (2001, 2007), Denmark (2002, 2004), Thailand (2003), Indonesia (2006), and French (2007) Opens.

Wei has medaled four times at the BWF World Championships without "striking gold". She earned a silver with Zhang Jiewen in 2001, a silver with Zhao Tingting in 2003, a silver with Zhang Yawen in 2006, and a bronze with Zhang Yawen in 2007. She finished fourth at the 2004 Olympics in Athens with Zhao Tingting. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Wei and Zhang Yawen were beaten in the semifinals by yet another Chinese pair, Du Jing and Yu Yang, who went on to win the gold medal. Wei and Zhang earned a bronze medal by defeating Japan's Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the playoff for third place.[1]

In 2008, Wei retired from the national team. She received an award during a ceremony to mark her retirement with five other teammates from the Chinese national badminton team on the sidelines of the China Open badminton event in Shanghai, November 23, 2008.[2] However, she was still playing a year later by partnering with Gao Ling. They lost to Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen in the Thailand Open final of 2009, but won the Philippines Open of 2009.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing, China China Zhang Yawen Japan Miyuki Maeda
Japan Satoko Suetsuna
21–17, 21–10 Bronze Bronze

BWF World Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Putra Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–19, 18–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain China Zhang Yawen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
21–23, 9–21 Silver Silver
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
8–15, 11–15 Silver Silver
2001 Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain China Zhang Jiewen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
11–15, 15–17 Silver Silver

World Cup[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 15–21 Silver Silver

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Bangkok, Thailand China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
5–11, 1–11 Bronze Bronze

World Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Zhang Yawen China Zhao Tingting
China Li Yujia
4–7, 7–2, 7–0, 7–1 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Zheng Bo China Sang Yang
China Zhang Yawen
3–7, 0–7, 6–8 Silver Silver

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan China Zhang Yawen China Zhao Tingting
China Li Yujia
15–12, 15–5 Gold Gold
1999 National Indoor Stadium – 1, Yangon, Myanmar China Li Yujia China Xie Xingfang
China Zhang Jiewen
9–15, 6–15 Silver Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan China Zheng Bo China Sang Yang
China Zhang Yawen
Walkover Gold Gold
1999 National Indoor Stadium – 1, Yangon, Myanmar China Zheng Bo Indonesia Hendri Kurniawan Saputra
Indonesia Enny Erlangga
12–15, 16–17 Silver Silver

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[3] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011,[4] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Swiss Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
18–21, 24–22, 8–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Hong Kong Open China Zhang Yawen China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
20–22, 21–13, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 French Open China Zhang Yawen China Zhao Tingting
China Yu Yang
21–10, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Singapore Open China Zhang Yawen China Zhao Tingting
China Yang Wei
10–21, 21–19, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 All England Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–16, 8–21, 24–22 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. 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 doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Thailand Open China Gao Ling China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
24–22, 17–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Philippines Open China Gao Ling Indonesia Shendy Puspa Irawati
Indonesia Meiliana Jauhari
21–11, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 China Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
17–21, 7–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Japan Open China Zhang Yawen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
15–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Indonesia Open China Zhang Yawen China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–13, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 China Masters China Zhang Yawen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
12–21, 21–18, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 Japan Open China Zhao Tingting China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
12–15, 2–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 All England Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
10–15, 13–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 German Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
4–15, 10–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 China Open China Zhao Tingting China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
14–15, 12–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 German Open China Zhao Tingting China Zhang Dan
China Zhang Yawen
8–15, 12–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Denmark Open China Zhao Tingting China Zhang Dan
China Zhang Yawen
15–13, 12–15, 15–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Japan Open China Zhao Tingting South Korea Lee Kyung-won
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
6–15, 15–5, 1–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Japan Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
13–10, 6–11, 5–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Swiss Open China Zhao Tingting China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
7–11, 11–6, 4–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Thailand Open China Zhao Tingting South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
South Korea Yim Kyung-jin
11–9, 5–11, 11–6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 China Open China Zhao Tingting China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
9–11, 3–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Denmark Open China Zhao Tingting Netherlands Mia Audina
Netherlands Lotte Jonathans
11–3, 6–11, 11–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 China Open China Zhang Jiewen China Huang Nanyan
China Yang Wei
8–6, 7–3, 6–8, 8–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 Singapore Open China Zhang Jiewen China Zhang Yawen
China Zhao Tingting
8–6, 7–3, 7–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 All England Open China Zhang Jiewen China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
15–10, 8–15, 9–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2000 Denmark Open China Zhang Jiewen China Chen Lin
China Jiang Xuelian
7–15, 3–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

IBF International[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 French International China Zhang Jiewen China Zhang Yawen
China Zhao Tingting
7–1, 7–2, 5–7, 5–7, 2–7 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete Biography: Wei Yili". Beijing 2008. Archived from the original on 17 August 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/sports/news/2008-11/25/content_16820808.htm
  3. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.

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