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Badminton at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Zhang Ning
Silver: CHN Xie Xingfan
Bronze: INA Maria Yulianti

Summary

The defending champion was Zhang Ning, but the #1 seed was her teammate, Xie Xingfan, who had won the 2005-06 World Championships and the 2005-07 All-England titles. They met in the final, and Zhang, ready to retire after the Beijing Olympics, won her final match in three sets, upsetting Xie. The bronze medal match was also an upset, as Indonesia’s Maria Yulianti defeated the #2 seed Lu Lan in three sets, after losing the opening set. Yulianti had never before made the podium at a major event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhang Ning 33 China CHN Gold
2 Xie Xingfan 27 China CHN Silver
3 Maria Yulianti 23 Indonesia INA Bronze
4 Lu Lan 20 China CHN
5T Huaiwen Xu 33 Germany GER
5T Wong Mew Choo 25 Malaysia MAS
5T Saina Nehwal 18 India IND
5T Hongyan Pi 29 France FRA
9T Olga Konon 18 Belarus BLR
9T Tracey Hallam 33 Great Britain GBR
9T Anna Rice 27 Canada CAN
9T Petya Nedelcheva 25 Bulgaria BUL
9T Tine Rasmussen Baun 29 Denmark DEN
9T Wang Chen 32 Hong Kong HKG
9T Eriko Hirose 23 Japan JPN
9T Jeon Jae-Yeon 25 South Korea KOR
17T Cheng Shao-Chieh 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Maja Tvrdy 24 Slovenia SLO
17T Anu Weckström-Nieminen 30 Finland FIN
17T Kristina Ludíková-Gavnholt 19 Czech Republic CZE
17T Karen Foo Kune 26 Mauritius MRI
17T Jeanine Cicognini 21 Switzerland SUI
17T Kerry-Lee Harrington 22 South Africa RSA
17T Hadia Hosny 20 Egypt EGY
17T Yoana Martínez 27 Spain ESP
17T Akvilė Stapušaitytė 22 Lithuania LTU
17T Larysa Hryha 24 Ukraine UKR
17T Eva Sládeková 26 Slovakia SVK
17T Lê Ngọc Nguyên Nhung 24 Vietnam VIE
17T Claudia Rivero 21 Peru PER
17T Chloe Magee 19 Ireland IRL
17T Salakjit Ponsana 24 Thailand THA
33T Xing Aiying 19 Singapore SIN
33T Yip Pui Yin 21 Hong Kong HKG
33T Grace Daniel 24 Nigeria NGR
33T Ana Moura 22 Portugal POR
33T Eva Lee 21 United States USA
33T Deyanira Angulo 17 Mexico MEX
33T Sara Persson 27 Sweden SWE
33T Erin Carroll 22 Australia AUS
33T Juliane Schenk 25 Germany GER
33T Agnese Allegrini 26 Italy ITA
33T Ella Karachkova 30 Russia RUS
33T Thilini Jayasinghe 23 Sri Lanka SRI
33T Ragna Ingólfsdóttir 25 Iceland ISL
33T Kati Tolmoff 24 Estonia EST
33T Kamila Augustyn 26 Poland POL