2012 Olympics Preview – Li Xuerui

On July 13, 2012, in Olympics, by Eddie Smith

This is an amendment after the Chinese Squad chose Li Xuerui over Wang Shixian

The form player in the Chinese squad received the 3rd selection of the Chinese squad over Wang Shixian this week, after catapulting herself into the top 4 with a stunning run of results in 2012. The current Asian and All England Champion selection immediately makes her into the favourite for the women’s singles, with three victories over the current world number 1 Wang Yihan in this Olympic year.

Her head to head over her Chinese team mates is deceiving, Wang Yihan leads 4-3 but has failed to claim a victory in their last three matches whilst Wang Xin has a 5-0 advantage, with their last meeting being almost 9 months ago where Li Xuerui had a match point in the third game.

How Far Can Li Xuerui Go?

Her record over the non-Chinese players is far superior, which dents Saina Nehwal’s hope for a medal whilst Li Xuerui is almost certain to breeze into the later stages. A potential final or semi final against her Chinese team mates will not fear the 21-year old, whose own expectations should be nothing short of a gold medal.

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