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In focus: World Mixed Doubles Champion Zheng Siwei
The world of badminton is fast and unpredictable. Often, players consider the game of mixed doubles even more demanding because they have to communicate with their partner and play a lightning-fast game to overwhelm opponents and win the game.
There is one player who has mastered the art of mixed doubles and it is worth taking a look at his game, strategies, and dedication to understand what he is doing right. Meet Chinese superstar, Zheng Siwei, the World No. 1 in mixed doubles, and learn from his game.
1. Mixed Doubles World Rank: 1
2. Mixed Doubles World Tour Rank: 2
3. Three-Time Mixed Doubles Winner of the World Championships
4. Two-Time Mixed Doubles Winner at the Asian Game
5. 2023 HSBC BWF World Tour Finals Mixed Doubles Champion
1. Birth Date: 26 February 1997 (age 26)
2. Country: China
3. Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
4. Handedness: Right
5. Coach: Yang Ming
6. Current Partner: Huang Ya Qiong
7. Racket: Yonex Arcsaber 11 Pro
8. Shoes: Yonex Power Cushion 65 Z3
Most Recent Wins: Witness a Badminton Champion in Action
Let's glance at the recent wins of Zheng Siwei from 2023 and seek inspiration from the World No. 1 Mixed Doubles player.
1. HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2023 (Hangzhou, China):
On 17th December 2023, Zheng Siwei And Huang Ya Qiong won the finals in two straight sets against the South Korean team of Seo Seung Jae And Chae Yu Jung.
2. Li-Ning China Masters 2023 (Shenzen, China):
Zheng and Huang won all ten matches of the tournament and secured the title of China Masters.
3. Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023 (Kumamoto, Japan):
After winning the final in two straight sets on 19th November 2023, Zheng and Huang proved their mettle in Japan.
4. Yonex French Open 2023 (Rennes, France):
Along with Chinese shuttler Huang Ya Qiong, Zheng lost the quarter-final of the French Open. During the year, they reached the quarter-final match of the Victor China Open, Korea Open, and KFF Singapore Open.
5. Victor Denmark Open (Odense, Denmark):
Zheng Siwei And Huang Ya Qiong lost the final match to fellow Chinese badminton players Feng Yan Zhe And Huang Dong Ping to end the game with a silver medal at the HSBC World Tour Super 750 event at Denmark.
6. Total Energies BWF World Championships 2023 (Copenhagen, Denmark):
Zheng won the silver along with his partner. They lost the final to the South Korean mixed doubles team.
7. Daihatsu Japan Open (Tokyo, Japan):
He won the bronze medal at the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament in Japan.
8. Kapal API Group Indonesia Open 2023 (Jakarta, Indonesia):
Securing the gold medal and the title of the Indonesia Open, Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong won against the Japanese team of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.
9. Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships 2023 (Birmingham, England):
Zheng and his mixed doubles partner Huang won the All England Open Championships in March 2023, against their South Korean nemesis.
10. Yonex Sunrise India Open 2023 (New Delhi, India):
They lost the semi-final by losing two sets out of three in a close match that lasted for an hour.
11. Petronas Malaysia Open 2023 (Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia):
Zheng Siwei And Huang Ya Qiong began the year on a high by winning the Malaysia Open on 15th January 2023.
From a Boy Wonder to Mixed Doubles World Champion
Did you know Zheng Siwei was part of the junior national team in 2013 and won several medals at the World Junior Championships? He also won six golds and silver medal at the Asian Junior Championships from 2013 to 2015. He was presented with the Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year 2015 for his incredible performance.
Zheng and his then-partner, Chen Qingchen, won the World Superseries Finals in 2016 and 2017. His partnership was a successful one because they reached the World No. 1 ranking in December 2016. They also secured a silver at the 2017 World Championships. During this time, he was playing the men's doubles games with Huang Kaixiang.
Then, he joined hands with his current partner Huang Ya Qiong in November 2017 and won several titles including the China Open, Hong Kong Open, and Macau Open. He reclaimed his World No. 1 ranking with Huang in August of 2018 by winning several World Tour titles, World Championships, and even Asian Games. Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong won a silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
They won the Asia Championships in 2022. They secured several World Tour titles in 2022 and remained at the top of the rankings. They also won their third World Championships in the same year in Tokyo. Their team finished first in the World Tour Finals rankings, thus, ensuring their world dominance.
In the current year as well, they won accolades and hearts of badminton enthusiasts across the globe. Coming on top at several tournaments in 2023, they have proved their mettle as a formidable team in the world of mixed doubles.
Fast & Attacking: The Secret to Zheng Siwei's Success
From his junior years, Zheng Siwei had great potential to become a badminton legend. When he partnered with his current teammate, Huang Ya Qiong, his game changed for the better. Their chemistry is perfect and with his strong attacking game, they dominate the opponents to win every match! She complements his playing style and badminton lovers often call them a delight to watch!
Zheng Siwei plays a fast-paced attacking game and does not slow down during long rallies. His smashes are incredibly powerful even when he is in the backcourt. His agility, accuracy, and intensity are often the characteristics that make him impressive.
Zheng Siwei's Favorite Badminton Racket and Other Gear
Yonex Arcsaber 11 Pro is the perfect racket that complements the fast and aggressive style of Zheng Siwei. It is a great even-balance racket that offers a few extra milliseconds of shuttle control. The racket has Control-Assist Bumper technology for improved accuracy. And, Pocketing Booster material for increasing the flexibility of the racket. The stiff-flex racket delivers a controlled and offensive shot-making with precision and accuracy each time.
If you are looking for an affordable version of Arcsaber, you can try the Arcsaber 11 Tour badminton racket. It is well suited to the needs of intermediate players. For beginners and recreational players, the Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play racket will work wonders.
Zheng Siwei uses Yonex BG 65 badminton string for durability. It is a great budget-friendly string with a thicker gauge for aggressive hitting. Zheng uses the Yonex Power Cushion 65 Z3 badminton shoes for all-around performance. Also available in Yonex Power Cushion 65 Z3 Wide shoes. Beginners can opt for affordable Yonex Power Cushion 65 X3 badminton shoes to begin learning the game.
Zheng uses the Yonex Pro Tournament Bag to store his belongings.
Inspiration to Young!
The life story of Zheng Siwei is one of grit, determination, and dedication. His recent achievements prove his skills as a mixed doubles champion and a great badminton player of his time. As his fans, we look forward to his game and seek inspiration from his career.