Yu Yang

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Yu Yang

Chinese badminton player Yu Yang (于洋) was born in Anshan, Liaoning Province on April 7, 1986. She won the women's doubles Olympic title during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. During the 2012 London Olympics, however, Yu and her partner Wang Xiaoli were disqualified for "not using one's best efforts to win".

After hearing the Badminton World Federation verdict, Yu stated this had been her last match ever. In addition, she said she would now bid goodbye to her much beloved badminton. But Yu denied quitting the sport after lifting the China Open trophy in women's doubles with Wang Xiaoli on Nov. 18, 2012.

Yu is a right-handed player and an excellent blocker who is fast and flexible on the court. With her lethal combination of skills, the boyish Yu is seen as a rising star on China's national badminton team.

Major achievements:

2008:

Beijing Olympic Games – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Du Jing);

2010:

Paris Badminton World Championships – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Du Jing);

Masters Badminton Championships – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

Guangzhou Asian Games – runner-up in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

BWF (Badminton World Federation) Super Series Finals – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

All England Open – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

Asian Badminton Championships – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

London Badminton World Championships – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

China Open – champion in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

BWF Super Series Finals – champion in the women’s doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

2012:

All England Open – runner-up in the women’s doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli).

China Open - winner in the women’s doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli);

2013: World World Championships (Guangzhou, China) - champion in the women's doubles competition (with Wang Xiaoli).