Farewell ‘Ma-gnificent’ Jin!

Farewell ‘Ma-gnificent’ Jin!

Whether in Women’s Doubles or Mixed Doubles, Ma Jin has enjoyed significant success for China in recent years.

The recent announcement of her retirement conjured up memories of some epic clashes versus the badminton world’s best, be it in Asia, Europe, Oceania or even Pan America which hosted the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There, the tough competitor fell short in her quest for another medal as she and Xu Chen finished fourth in Mixed Doubles, having won silver at London 2012.

Nonetheless, the popular player reflected happily on her career as she bids goodbye to international badminton.

“I’ve had a lot of great matches which I will cherish and I know fans cherish them also,” said the 28-year-old.

“I am grateful for all that badminton has given me, especially the friends I have made. I have great respect for all my opponents and I send my love to all the players I’ve met.”

While still undecided about her future, Ma Jin hinted she will continue to be involved in badminton and that she will maintain the friendships and camaraderie with players and other persons whom she has met during her time as an elite player.

Here’s a flashback to some of Ma Jin’s stellar moments.

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BWF World Championships

  • Gold medal in 2010 (Mixed Doubles) with Zheng Bo
  • Silver medal in 2014 (Mixed Doubles) with Xu Chen
  • Silver medal in 2013 (Mixed Doubles) with Xu Chen
  • Silver medal in 2010 (Women’s Doubles) with Wang Xiaoli
  • Bronze medal in 2015 (Mixed Doubles) with Xu Chen
  • Bronze medal in 2011 (Mixed Doubles) with Xu Chen

Olympic Games

  • 2012 silver medal (Mixed Doubles) with Xu Chen

Badminton Asia Championships

  • Winner (Women’s Doubles) in 2009 (with Wang Xiaoli)
  • Winner (Women’s Doubles) in 2015 (with Tang Yuanting)

BWF World Superseries

Multiple winner, including: Indonesia Open 2016 (Mixed Doubles); Indonesia Open 2015 (Mixed Doubles); Australian Open 2015 (Mixed Doubles); Denmark Open 2014 (Mixed Doubles); Japan Open 2013 (Women’s Doubles); All England 2011 (Mixed Doubles)

Multiple Uber Cup and Sudirman Cup winner

FEATURED IMAGE: Ma Jin (third right) and her Chinese team-mates relish their Uber Cup victory in India in 2014.

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Championnat du Monde de Badminton 2010

Ma Jin, in tandem with Zheng Bo, won the Mixed Doubles title at the BWF World Championships 2010.

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Ma Jin and Xu Chen conquered the courts at the YONEX All England Championships in 2011.

Olympic Games 2012

Ma Jin savours the medal presentation at the London 2012 Olympic Games where she and Xu Chen took silver in Mixed Doubles.

Japan Open 2013

Ma Jin (second right) shares a moment with Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen at the Yonex Open Japan 2013 Women’s Doubles presentation ceremony. Ma and Tang Jinhua beat Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the final.

Indonesia Open 2016

Long-time Mixed Doubles partners, Ma Jin and Xu Chen, defeated Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na for the Superseries Premier title in Indonesia this year.

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