| Event type

Singles, Women

Date14 – 19 August 2004
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.

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

Date14 August 2004
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #114 Aug 11:00Court 2Gong Ruina (1)CHN11-9, 11-4Li LiSGP
Match #214 Aug 11:10Court 3Salakjit PonsanaTHA11-7, 5-11, 11-8Miho TanakaJPN
Match #314 Aug 9:30Court 1Jeon Jae-Yeon (6)KOR11-4, 11-5Charmaine ReidCAN
Match #414 Aug 9:50Court 3Cheng Shao-ChiehTPE11-9, 11-8Ling Wan TingHKG
Match #514 Aug 10:30Court 3 Mia Audina (4)NED11-4, 11-1Nigella SaundersJAM
Match #614 Aug 16:50Court 2Aparna PopatIND11-6, 11-3Michelle EdwardsRSA
Match #714 Aug 15:30Court 2Camilla Martin (7)DEN11-4, 11-7Kanako YonekuraJPN
Match #814 Aug 16:00Court 1Tracey HallamGBR11-7, 6-11, 11-9Juliane SchenkGER
Match #914 Aug 14:20Court 3Petya NedelchevaBUL8-11, 11-7, 13-11Tina RasmussenDEN
Match #1014 Aug 10:10Court 1Seo Yun-HuiKOR11-6, 6-11, 11-7Hongyan Pi (8)FRA
Match #1114 Aug 16:20Court 3Kaori MoriJPN11-5, 11-4Anu WeckströmFIN
Match #1214 Aug 14:00Court 1Zhou Mi (3)CHN9-11, 11-5, 11-2Huaiwen XuGER
Match #1314 Aug 15:40Court 3Jie YaoNED11-6, 11-8Jiang YanmeiSGP
Match #1414 Aug 15:00Court 3Wang Chen (5)HKG11-1, 11-4Lorena BlancoPER
Match #1514 Aug 14:40Court 1Kelly MorganGBR11-5, 11-3Lenny PermanaAUS
Match #1614 Aug 14:10Court 2Zhang Ning (2)CHN4-11, 11-3, 11-7Marina AndrievskaiaSWE

Round Two

Date15 August 2004
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #115 Aug 9:30Court 1Gong Ruina (1)CHN11-8, 11-3Salakjit PonsanaTHA
Match #215 Aug 10:20Court 2Cheng Shao-ChiehTPE3-11, 11-6, 11-4Jeon Jae-Yeon (6)KOR
Match #315 Aug 10:30Court 3 Mia Audina (4)NED9-11, 11-1, 11-3Aparna PopatIND
Match #415 Aug 10:50Court 1Tracey HallamGBR11-2, 5-11, 13-10Camilla Martin (7)DEN
Match #515 Aug 15:30Court 2Petya NedelchevaBUL7-11, 11-5, 11-8Seo Yun-HuiKOR
Match #615 Aug 14:50Court 2Zhou Mi (3)CHN11-2, 11-4Kaori MoriJPN
Match #715 Aug 14:20Court 3Wang Chen (5)HKG8-11, 13-10, 11-8Jie YaoNED
Match #815 Aug 14:40Court 1Zhang Ning (2)CHN11-6, 11-8Kelly MorganGBR


Date16 August 2004
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #116 Aug 11:30Court 1Gong Ruina (1)CHN11-3, 11-3Cheng Shao-ChiehTPE
Match #216 Aug 15:50Court 2 Mia Audina (4)NED11-0, 11-9Tracey HallamGBR
Match #316 Aug 15:40Court 1Zhou Mi (3)CHN11-4, 11-1Petya NedelchevaBUL
Match #416 Aug 11:10Court 3Zhang Ning (2)CHN9-11, 11-6, 11-7Wang Chen (5)HKG


Date18 August 2004
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #118 Aug 19:30Court 1 Mia Audina (4)NED11-4, 11-2Gong Ruina (1)CHN
Match #218 Aug 20:30Court 1Zhang Ning (2)CHN11-6, 11-4Zhou Mi (3)CHN

Final Round

Date19 August 2004
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match 1/219 Aug 14:00Court 1Zhang Ning (2)CHN8-11, 11-6, 11-7 Mia Audina (4)NED
Match 3/419 Aug 9:00Court 1Zhou Mi (3)CHN11-2, 8-11, 11-6Gong Ruina (1)CHN