Olympic Champion Li Xuerui proves her mettle on home soil at Li Ning China Open – Badminton feature
Li Xuerui, the most successful shuttler among the younger Chinese lot, showed a tremendous performance in front of her home crowd and claimed Women’s Singles title at the Li Ning China Open Premier Super Series 2012, which ended on Sunday, November 18, at
The ruling Olympic Champion Xuerui, who is currently placed at number two in Women’s Singles world ranking, put up staggering show of top class badminton throughout the tournament and remained successful in claiming the crown proving her consistent performance
at world stage.
No one knew Xuerui just a couple of years ago but now, she has become a talk of the town in badminton arena because she surprisingly earned gold medal at Olympic Games 2012 and maintained her aggression in China Open as well grabbing the title to cheer her
However, it was not an easy road for Xuerui who put in extra effort in training sessions and showed full commitment and dedication that helped her to obtain top class skills which are required to become a refined shuttler in the world of badminton.
In the Women’s Singles first round, Xuerui started her campaign against her younger compatriot Di Suo who participated in tournament as a qualifier. The higher ranked Chinese lady was on a completely different level in the arena as she easily won this battle
in straight sets with a dominating margin.
In the second round of the championship, Xuerui took on Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan who has been showing a good performance in the recent events. However, the local shuttler worked really hard against her Thai rival and managed to win the battle in
a hard-fought three games.
In the Women’s Singles quarter-final, Xuerui was up against her team-mate Li Han who has been making her presence felt to the world by playing competitive badminton in the recent months. The second seeded Chinese player had to dig into her arsenal to overpower
her younger compatriot in three games with a decent margin on the board.
In the semi-final contest of the tournament, the lofty Xuerui took on Japan’s in-form shuttler Minatsu Mitani who won the Women’s Singles title at the last month’s French Open Super Series 2012. However, the impressive Chinese lady was in her prime form
as she played dominating badminton and won the match in straight sets with a reasonable margin.
In the final contest of this championship, Xuerui was up against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon who also remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Many thought it would be a wonderful fight but Xuerui did not let it happen as she played with complete control
in her shots and remained in command throughout the match.
Xuerui was in complete control of rallies and she driven her rival in all areas of the court by executing powerful and accurate shots. She showed no mercy to her lower ranked Thai challenger and remained successful in winning the title match in straight
sets in a lopsided fashion by a huge total on score board.
The impressive victory of Xuerui in front of her home fans is a proof that her win at 2012 London Olympics was not a fluke. She proved her impressive craft while remaining consistent at international stage and also confirmed that China’s future is in safe
hands particularly in Women’s Singles category.