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Singles, Women

Date14 – 19 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Gymnastirio Goudiou, Olympiako Syngrotima Goudiou, Athina
Participants32 from 21 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Zhang Ning had been on the Chinese National team since 1991, but had not yet competed at the Olympics. She was the 2003 World Champion and was seeded #1 in Athina. She made it to the final despite losing sets in both the first round and the quarter-finals. There she met Mia Audina representing the Netherlands. Audina had been a badminton prodigy, competing in the Uber Cup when she was only 14 in 1994, at which time she competed for her native Indonesia. She was the singles silver medalist in 1996. She had since married a Dutch gospel singer and settled in the Netherlands, representing them at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Zhang and Audina had first competed against each other at the 1994 Uber Cup, with Audina winning the final match of the final in front of a very partisan crowd in Jakarta. The first set of the Athina final was similar, Audina winning 11-8. But Zhang persevered and won the last two sets to win the gold medal. The bronze medal match was an all-Chinese affair, Zhou Mi defeating Gong Ruina.

PosPlayerNOC
1Zhang NingCHNGold
2 Mia AudinaNEDSilver
3Zhou MiCHNBronze
4Gong RuinaCHN
=5Cheng Shao-ChiehTPE
=5Tracey HallamGBR
=5Petya NedelchevaBUL
=5Wang ChenHKG
=9Salakjit PonsanaTHA
=9Jeon Jae-YeonKOR
=9Aparna PopatIND
=9Camilla MartinDEN
=9Seo Yun-HuiKOR
=9Kaori MoriJPN
=9Jie YaoNED
=9Kelly MorganGBR
=17Li LiSGP
=17Miho TanakaJPN
=17Charmaine ReidCAN
=17Ling Wan TingHKG
=17Nigella SaundersJAM
=17Michelle EdwardsRSA
=17Kanako YonekuraJPN
=17Juliane SchenkGER
=17Tina RasmussenDEN
=17Hongyan PiFRA
=17Anu WeckströmFIN
=17Huaiwen XuGER
=17Jiang YanmeiSGP
=17Lorena BlancoPER
=17Lenny PermanaAUS
=17Marina AndrievskaiaSWE

Round One (14 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Gong RuinaCHN 1Li LiSGP 11-9, 11-4
Match #2 Salakjit PonsanaTHA Miho TanakaJPN 11-7, 5-11, 11-8
Match #3 Jeon Jae-YeonKOR 6Charmaine ReidCAN 11-4, 11-5
Match #4 Cheng Shao-ChiehTPE Ling Wan TingHKG 11-9, 11-8
Match #5 Mia AudinaNED 4Nigella SaundersJAM 11-4, 11-1
Match #6 Aparna PopatIND Michelle EdwardsRSA 11-6, 11-3
Match #7 Camilla MartinDEN 7Kanako YonekuraJPN 11-4, 11-7
Match #8 Tracey HallamGBR Juliane SchenkGER 11-7, 6-11, 11-9
Match #9 Petya NedelchevaBUL Tina RasmussenDEN 8-11, 11-7, 13-11
Match #10 Seo Yun-HuiKOR Hongyan PiFRA 811-6, 6-11, 11-7
Match #11 Kaori MoriJPN Anu WeckströmFIN 11-5, 11-4
Match #12 Zhou MiCHN 3Huaiwen XuGER 9-11, 11-5, 11-2
Match #13 Jie YaoNED Jiang YanmeiSGP 11-6, 11-8
Match #14 Wang ChenHKG 5Lorena BlancoPER 11-1, 11-4
Match #15 Kelly MorganGBR Lenny PermanaAUS 11-5, 11-3
Match #16 Zhang NingCHN 2Marina AndrievskaiaSWE 4-11, 11-3, 11-7

Round Two (15 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Gong RuinaCHN 1Salakjit PonsanaTHA 11-8, 11-3
Match #2 Cheng Shao-ChiehTPE Jeon Jae-YeonKOR 63-11, 11-6, 11-4
Match #3 Mia AudinaNED 4Aparna PopatIND 9-11, 11-1, 11-3
Match #4 Tracey HallamGBR Camilla MartinDEN 711-2, 5-11, 13-10
Match #5 Petya NedelchevaBUL Seo Yun-HuiKOR 7-11, 11-5, 11-8
Match #6 Zhou MiCHN 3Kaori MoriJPN 11-2, 11-4
Match #7 Wang ChenHKG 5Jie YaoNED 8-11, 13-10, 11-8
Match #8 Zhang NingCHN 2Kelly MorganGBR 11-6, 11-8

Quarter-Finals (16 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Gong RuinaCHN 1Cheng Shao-ChiehTPE 11-3, 11-3
Match #2 Mia AudinaNED 4Tracey HallamGBR 11-0, 11-9
Match #3 Zhou MiCHN 3Petya NedelchevaBUL 11-4, 11-1
Match #4 Zhang NingCHN 2Wang ChenHKG 59-11, 11-6, 11-7

Semi-Finals (18 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Mia AudinaNED 4Gong RuinaCHN 111-4, 11-2
Match #2 Zhang NingCHN 2Zhou MiCHN 311-6, 11-4

Final Round (19 August 2004)

Match 1/2 Zhang NingCHN 2 Mia AudinaNED 48-11, 11-6, 11-7
Match 3/4 Zhou MiCHN 3Gong RuinaCHN 111-2, 8-11, 11-6