China is famous for producing talented individuals, especially in the realm of sport. No wonder why China as a country is respected in the sporting world, and Wang Shixian in her own way has proved yet again what talent can do given the correct training and guidance. She also provides an inspiration for everybody to struggle so that they would be able to make a niche for themselves. Indeed, Wang Shixian’s story is one of grit and determination to prove her own mettle.
Wang Shixian was born on February 13th, 1990 in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China. Her passion for badminton was recognized very early in her youth and she was admitted into the Junior National Team of China in 2005 but within a year’s time she was promoted to the second-level adult team. Her international debut was made only in 2009, when she was eventually inducted into the first-level adult team, representing China in the women’s badminton scene.
WANG Shixian’s first international appearance was in the World Junior Championship, where she reached the final but lost the competition to her Koran opponent. Her first victory in the international arena happened in the early months of 2009, when she her first Super Series title by winning the final of the Malaysian open against her teammate, Wang Xin.
In the China Masters tournament, Wang Shixian beat a string of strong opponents including her teammate, Jiang Yanjiao and Malaysian singles player, Wong Mew Choo. In the 11th China National Games, she was instrumental for getting her team a gold medal, representing Jiangsu Province in the Games. However, she was beaten in the women’s singles final by Wang Lin. However at the final of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, she defeated Wang Lin and bagged the gold medal in the women’s badminton single category.
In 2011, she won two back-to-back titles within the span of a single year. It included the Super Series title which she won, beating Bae Youn-joo and the Malaysian Open, defeating Wang Yihan. She also claimed victory at the All England Open, prevailing against Eriko Hirose in the final. The following year, despite being not included in the women’s badminton team for the 2012 London Olympics, Wang Shixian competed 2012 Super Series, losing the final to Li Xuerui.
In spite of an unremarkable start to the year, in 2013, Wang Shixian bounced back to form and was adjudged as the runner up to the Victor Korea Open, where she was ousted sung Ji-hyun. At the All England Open, she was defeated by Saina Nehwal in the quarter final but she prevailed against Nehwal at the Swiss Open, where she reached the final and won it against her opponent, Ratchanok Inthanon. She also competed in the Li-Ning Singapore open but she lost the quarter final to Wang Yihan. Taking part in the BWF world championship, held in Guangzhou, she lost to Indi9a’s P. V Sindhu. She won her first Super Series title since 2012, at the Yonex French Open Superseries that was held in October, climbing to the final within two straight victories, beating her opponents, including Ratchanok Inthanon, who was world champion at the time.
2014 was an eventful year for her that was marked with victories and loses. She led the Chinese Team to win the gold at the Asian Games, beating the Korean team decisively. She won the Indian Open, beating Li Xuerui. Wang Shixian retained her French Super Series title by defeating Li Xuerui yet again.
Although having retired from international badminton, Wang Shixian continues to inspire a new generation of women badminton players in China. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics.