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Badminton at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Singles

Badminton at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Li Xuerui
Silver: CHN Wang Yihan
Bronze: IND Saina Nehwal

Summary

Two-time Olympic badminton women’s singles champion Zhang Ning of China had retired after her victory at the 2008 Games, leaving a more open field for the 2012 edition. Ranked number one in the world since October 2009 was her student, Wang Yihan, winner of numerous accolades including a victory at the most recent World Championship. With [Wang Xin] and Li Xuerui ranked second and third respectively, China was the dominant force going into the Olympics and a favorite to capture all three podium spots.

The Chinese competitors did not disappoint, winning every match they played in the group stage in two rounds. They were only slightly less dominant in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals – it took three rounds for Wang Yihan to defeat Bae Yeon-Ju of Korea in the round of 16, while Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand was toppled by Wang Xin in three during the quarterfinals – but they remained favorites for all three medals going into the semifinalssemi-finals, with India’s Saina Nehwal rounding out the four. Wang Yihan easily defeated Nehwal 21-13, 21-13 to earn her spot in the final, while a much more-hotly contested match between Li and Wang Xin ended in a 21-20, 21-18 victory for Li. The final was somewhat surprising, with Li defeating the number one-ranked Wang Yihan 21-15, 21-23, 21-17, but most attention centered around the bronze medal-match, where Nehwal became the first competitor from India to win an Olympic badminton medal amid somewhat controversial circumstances. Wang Xin had won the first round of the match 21-18 and had already scored her first point in the second when a knee injury forced her to retire and cede victory to Nehwal. While Wang Xin’s teammates, and many observers, felt that she would have won the match had it continued to its natural end, Nehwal was confident that she had been wearing down her opponent and that she would have captured bronze regardless.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Li Xuerui 21 China CHN Gold
2 Wang Yihan 24 China CHN Silver
3 Saina Nehwal 22 India IND Bronze
4 Wang Xin 26 China CHN
5T Cheng Shao-Chieh 26 Chinese Taipei TPE
5T Tine Rasmussen Baun 33 Denmark DEN
5T Yip Pui Yin 24 Hong Kong HKG
5T Inthanon Ratchanok 17 Thailand THA
9T Bae Yeon-Ju 21 South Korea KOR
9T Gu Juan 22 Singapore SIN
9T Jie Yao 35 Netherlands NED
9T Sayaka Sato 21 Japan JPN
9T Hongyan Pi 33 France FRA
9T Tai Tzu-Ying 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Juliane Schenk 29 Germany GER
9T Adrianti Firdasari 25 Indonesia INA
17T Michele Li 20 Canada CAN
17T Jing Yi Tee 21 Malaysia MAS
17T Neslihan Yiğit 18 Turkey TUR
17T Victoria Na 21 Australia AUS
17T Lianne Tan 21 Belgium BEL
17T Ragna Ingólfsdóttir 29 Iceland ISL
17T Anastasiya Prokopenko 26 Russia RUS
17T Susan Egelstaff 29 Great Britain GBR
17T Chloe Magee 23 Ireland IRL
17T Seong Ji-Hyeon 20 South Korea KOR
17T Anu Weckström-Nieminen 34 Finland FIN
17T Carolina Marín 19 Spain ESP
17T Petya Nedelcheva 28 Bulgaria BUL
17T Rena Wang 20 United States USA
17T Telma Santos 28 Portugal POR
17T Kristina Ludíková-Gavnholt 23 Czech Republic CZE
33T Agnese Allegrini 30 Italy ITA
33T Simone Prutsch 33 Austria AUT
33T Monika Fasungova 24 Slovakia SVK
33T Sabrina Jaquet 25 Switzerland SUI
33T Akvilė Stapušaitytė 26 Lithuania LTU
33T Kamila Augustyn 30 Poland POL
33T Maja Tvrdy 28 Slovenia SLO
33T Hadia Hosny 23 Egypt EGY
33T Sara Blengsli Kværnø 29 Norway NOR
33T Victoria Montero 20 Mexico MEX
33T Claudia Rivero 25 Peru PER
33T Alesya Zaytseva 26 Belarus BLR
33T Thilini Jayasinghe 27 Sri Lanka SRI
33T Larysa Hryha 28 Ukraine UKR