Chinese shuttler Wang Yihan has announced her retirement following a disappointing showing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A silver medallist at the 2012 Olympics in London, Wang was unable to match her performance in Brazil as she fell to India’s P.V. Sindhu in the quarter-finals.
Wang, who won the Badminton Asia Championships in May, has been struggling with a serious back injury in the last couple of years, but has managed to play through it.
While her decision to retire is surprising given how young she is, Wang thanked everyone for supporting her throughout her career.
“Thank you for giving me wonderful experience for 12 years of my life. I have to say goodbye to the familiar corridor (of the national team training hall) to start another chapter of my life,” she said on Weibo. “Bless me, my friends and I look forward to meeting you again from any place outside the venue.”
Having competed for more than a decade, the 28-year-old won 19 Super Series titles, five Grand Prix trophies and was crowned champion at the 2011 BWF World Championships.