Li Xuerui took another step towards regaining her place among the world’s elite, winning the 2018 Yonex US Open yesterday beating home player Beiwen Zhang.
This is the biggest victory Li has had since her comeback from an injury suffered at the Rio Olympics 2016. In her first comeback event in April this year, she won the Lingshui China Masters – a HSBC World Tour Super 100 event, but had a disappointing time during China’s TOTAL BWF Uber Cup campaign in May. The US Open, a World Tour Super 300 event – will give her 7000 points for her title victory.
In Fullerton yesterday, qualifier Li fought off a narrow loss in the opening game to Zhang, before coming back strongly to beat the India Open champion, 24-26 21-15 21-11 in an hour.
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