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Chen Yufei
陈雨菲
Personal information
Born 1 March 1998 (1998-03-01) (age 23)
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Height 1.71 m
Country China
Years active 2013–present
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest Ranking 1 (17 December 2019)
Current Ranking 2 (23 March 2021)

Chen Yufei (Chinese: 陈雨菲; born 1 March 1998) is a Chinese badminton player. She won the girls' singles junior titles at the 2016 Asian and the World Junior Championships. At the same year, Chen clinched her first senior title at the Macau Open. She was awarded as the 2017 Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year. On 17 December 2019, she reached a career-high BWF World Ranking as world number 1. At the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, she beat Tai Tzu-ying 21-18 19-21 21-18 to win the gold medal.

Career

2014–2016

Chen Yufei started playing in international level from the year 2013, being aged only 15. In 2014, she won the silver medal in Asian Junior Championships after beaten by Akane Yamaguchi in the final. She finished runner-up in the German Junior International event after being beaten by Qin Jinjing in the final. In 2015, she reached the finals of China International but lost to Nozomi Okuhara. Her first Grand Prix Gold final was at the 2015 Indonesian Masters, in which she reached the final after astounding several seeded players, but lost to her teammate He Bingjiao. In 2016, she won the major junior titles, the Asian Junior Championships after beating Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in summit clash, and the BWF World Junior Championships by beating Pornpawee Chochuwong in final. She also won the 2016 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold in the year end by defeating Chen Xiaoxin.

2017

She reached the final of 2017 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and have to settle for second best after losing to the same opponent whom she defeated in Macau Open final in 2016, Chen Xiaoxin. In the 2017 BWF World Championships, 19 year old Chen participated as the 9th seed in the tournament. After defeating Pai Yu-po, the lower ranked Chinese Taipei's player in 1st round, she set her meeting with the top seeded Akane Yamaguchi. She bulldozed her way through with the 21–18, 21–19 victory and stunned the world. This was not over yet, she defeated another higher seeded player, Ratchanok Intanon in quarter-final who was the former world champion in 3 games & assured herself of first ever medal in this elite event. However, in the semifinal, she lost to P. V. Sindhu & had to satisfy herself with the bronze medal. With her strong performances, she got a ticket to contest in the year ending 2017 BWF Super Series Masters Finals. In the group stage, she lost to Tai Tzu-ying (1–2) but won against Sung Ji-hyun (2–0) & Ratchanok Intanon (2–1) which meant she confirmed her place in the semifinal. But again, in semifinals, she lost to P. V. Sindhu in 2 straight games.

2018

She contested the 2018 German Open final but lost to Akane Yamaguchi. She won the silver medal at the 2018 Badminton Asia Championships losing to Tai Tzu-ying in 2 games. She fell to her 9th consecutive defeat against Tai Tzu-ying in the final of Indonesia Open, in which she took the opening game but that wasn't sufficient to beat Tai and lost the next two. In the World Championships, she failed to cross the quarter-final after being downed by Akane Yamaguchi, a player Chen defeated last year in straight games. Akane Yamaguchi again proved difficult for Chen to crack, this time at the Asian games where she lost to her in quarters. In her second Super - 1000 final at the China Open, which is the highest level of World tour events in badminton, she lost to the reigning world champion, Carolina Marín in straight games. At the 2018 Fuzhou China Open, a Super 750 event, she finally broke her jinx of losing in the finals after defeating Nozomi Okuhara tamely with 21–10, 21–16, and thus won her first ever World tour title. She again qualified for taking part in the season ending championships, this time renamed as the "World Tour Finals" which was held in her home country China. In the 1st match of group stage against Ratchanok Intanon, she injured herself in the deciding game and lost the match. She wasn't recovered from that yet but she played the 2nd match against Canadian Michelle Li & again lost. In the final group match, she twisted her ankle in the very early stage of 1st game which forced her to retire and her overall campaign ended.

2019

2019 proved best ever year in Chen Yufei's career as she earned multiple titles and honour of becoming most dominant player of 2019 in her category. Starting with 2019 All England Open, she defeated Tai Tzu-ying in final, a player she struggled to beat in her last 11 encounters. Chen finally broke that jinx and won her first super 1000 title. After that, she won Swiss Open title following her win against Saena Kawakami in the final clash. She competed in 2019 Badminton Asia Championships as a top seed after defending champion Tai withdrew from the tournament. She made her way to the semifinal and was discomfited by Akane Yamaguchi (1–2), thus claimed the bronze medal. In the 2019 Sudirman Cup, she helped her team in winning the record 11th title, in which she scored a point by defeating Akane Yamaguchi & Japan was crushed in the final with 3–0 tally by China. Her best form wasn't dipped yet, as she claimed the next title in Australian open by totally outplaying Nozomi Okuhara in the final with very one-sided scoreline 21–15, 21–3. She claimed Thailand open title victory by winning against Ratchanok Intanon.

With all her success in 1st half of the year, she was considered as China's best contender for gold in 2019 BWF World Championships in her category. She started well, winning against Pornpawee Chochuwong in round 1, Michelle Li in 2nd round in 3 games. In the quarter-final, she was tested severely by Danish Mia Blichfeldt who once appeared to create an upset by leading 15–12 against her in the decider, but Chen's persistence lead her way to the victory and assured her of second medal in this Grade 1 event. In the semifinal her opponent was P. V. Sindhu who had outplayed her in the 2017 World Championships. Chen again proved low against Sindhu in World Championships and was defeated with a big margin 7–21, 14–21. Thus, she again settled for a bronze medal. Leaving her disappointments, she returned very strong and again won series of titles. She won 2019 Fuzhou China Open again, by beating same opponent from the last year, Nozomi Okuhara but this time with tougher opposition. After beating Ratchanok Intanon in the final, she won her 6th World tour title by winning the Hong Kong open. Going into the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals as the best title winning contender, In the group stage, she downed all her opponents P. V. Sindhu (2–1), Akane Yamaguchi (2–0) & He Bingjiao (2–0) & reached the semifinal. She was drawn with Yamaguchi yet again and she displayed a very dominant performance to reach the final. In the final, she showed a great fighting spirit to beat Tai Tzu-ying after being a game down & won the title 12–21, 21–12, 21–17. With her emphatic 7 titles in the year, she became another player from China to become World no. 1 player, the last time China had World's top player in Women's singles was in 2015 (Li Xuerui).

2020

Reaching the final yet again, this time at the 2020 Malaysia Masters, she maintained her unbeaten record at the finals since 2018 Fuzhou China Open, and outgunned Tai Tzu-ying for the title in 2 games only. She reached 2nd consecutive 2020 All England Open final and faced opposition from the same rival of last year, Tai Tzu-ying. This time she suffered defeat, and was dethroned from the World no. 1 position.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2020 Musashino Forest Sports Plaza, Tokyo, Japan Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–18, 19–21, 21–18 Gold medal.svg Gold

BWF World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland India P. V. Sindhu 13–21, 10–21 Bronze Bronze
2019 St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland India P. V. Sindhu 7–21, 14–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 19–21, 20–22 Silver Silver
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–15, 16–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF World Junior Championships

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Bilbao Arena, Bilbao, Spain Thailand Pornpawee Chochuwong 21–14, 21–17 Gold Gold

Asian Youth Games

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China People's Republic of China Shi Yuqi Chinese Taipei Lai Yu-hua
Chinese Taipei Lee Chia-hsin
21–16, 21–13 Bronze Bronze

Asian Junior Championships

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei Japan Akane Yamaguchi 10–21, 15–21 Silver Silver
2016 CPB Badminton Training Center, Bangkok, Thailand Indonesia Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 25–23, 21–14 Gold Gold

BWF World Tour (9 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 German Open Super 300 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 19–21, 21–6, 12–21 2 Runner-up
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 23–21, 15–21, 9–21 2 Runner-up
2018 China Open Super 1000 Spain Carolina Marín 18–21, 13–21 2 Runner-up
2018 Fuzhou China Open Super 750 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–10, 21–16 1 Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–17, 21–17 1 Winner
2019 Swiss Open Super 300 Japan Saena Kawakami 21–9, 21–16 1 Winner
2019 Australian Open Super 300 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–15, 21–3 1 Winner
2019 Thailand Open Super 500 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 21–18 1 Winner
2019 Fuzhou China Open Super 750 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 9–21, 21–12, 21–18 1 Winner
2019 Hong Kong Open Super 500 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–18, 13–21, 21–13 1 Winner
2019 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 12–21, 21–12, 21–17 1 Winner
2020 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–17, 21–10 1 Winner
2020 All England Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 19–21, 15–21 2 Runner-up

BWF Grand Prix (1 title, 2 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Indonesian Masters People's Republic of China He Bingjiao 18–21, 9–21 2 Runner-up
2016 Macau Open People's Republic of China Chen Xiaoxin 21–13, 21–18 1 Winner
2017 Swiss Open People's Republic of China Chen Xiaoxin 19–21, 14–21 2 Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 runner-up)

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 China International Japan Nozomi Okuhara 19–21, 16–21 2 Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

National team

  • Junior level
Team events 2013 2014 2015 2016
Asian Junior Championships G G G G
World Junior Championships B G G G
  • Senior level
Team events 2016 2017 2018 2019
Asia Team Championships G NH S NH
Asia Mixed Team Championships NH B NH A
Asian Games NH S NH
Uber Cup A NH B NH
Sudirman Cup NH S NH G

Individual competitions

  • Junior level
Events 2013 2014 2015 2016
Asian Junior Championships 3R S 3R G
Asian Youth Games QF (GS)
B (XD)
NH
World Junior Championships 4R 3R QF G
  • Senior level
Events 2017 2018 2019 2020
Asian Championships QF S B NH
Asian Games NH QF NH
World Championships B QF B NH
Olympic Games NH G
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Best
BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour
Thailand Masters NH A SF A NH SF ('17)
Swiss Open A F A W NH A W ('19)
German Open A F A NH F ('18)
All England Open A 2R SF W F A W ('19)
Malaysia Masters A 2R A QF A W W ('20)
New Zealand Open A 2R QF A NH QF ('16)
Australian Open A QF A W NH W ('19)
Malaysia Open A QF 1R SF NH Q SF ('19)
Singapore Open A 2R A NH Q 2R ('17)
Indonesia Masters A F 2R NH 1R SF 1R F ('15)
Indonesia Open A 1R F SF NH F ('18)
Thailand Open NH 2R A W A NH W ('19)
Korea Open A QF A QF NH QF ('16, '19)
Taipei Open A QF A NH QF ('16)
China Open A 2R 1R F SF NH F ('18)
Japan Open A 2R SF SF SF NH SF ('17, '18, '19)
Denmark Open A SF QF SF A SF ('17, '19)
French Open A QF SF w/d NH SF ('18)
Macau Open 1R QF W A NH W ('16)
Fuzhou China Open A SF SF QF W W NH W ('18, '19)
Hong Kong Open A QF 1R W NH W ('19)
Superseries / Tour Finals DNQ SF RR W DNQ W ('19)
Year-end ranking 491 50 18 8 4 1 2 1
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Best

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 1 August 2021.

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