Beijing: Wang Xiaoli who is currently ranked World No. 18 and was former World No. 1 in women’s doubles together with Yu Yang, released a statement on her personal social media site, confirming that she has officially retired from badminton.
Wang has been plagued with right elbow injury after the 2015 Sudirman Cup and has been struggling to return to form after the injury. Wang and Yu Yang were defeated by Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei in the quarter-finals of World Championships this year, and Wang has since taken time off from badminton to ensure proper recovery.
Her former partner, Yu Yang was then assigned a new partner – Tang Yuanting by the Chinese Badminton team, and they are in the process of collecting Olympic qualification points for Rio.
The pair of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang was pretty much unbeatable, claiming 13 Superseries titles, the 2011 World Championships title, and the 2012 Uber Cup from mid of 2010 until the end of 2011. While their careers were taking off like a rocket, and as they were aiming their first Olympic ever gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, they suffered a devastating career blow when both Wang and Yu were disqualified from the Olympic women’s doubles competition after being accused of “not using one’s best efforts to win”. Despite the 2012 Olympics scandal, they were able to defend their women’s doubles title at the 2013 World Championships.
As for now, Wang told the media that she’ll take some time off for full recovery from her injury. After that, she will still start her new career path in something related to badminton, after all she still shows strong passion for badminton.