Bang Soo-hyun

Bang Soo-hyun (Hangul: 방수현; Hanja: 方銖賢; born 13 September 1972) is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti and China's Ye Zhaoying and recorded wins over both in major badminton tournaments. Noted for a style that combined impressive power and movement, she retired from competition after her victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, shortly before her 24th birthday. She was elected to the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 2019.[1]

Bang Soo-hyun
Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1972-09-13) 13 September 1972 (age 49)
Seoul, South Korea
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Barcelona 1992

Bang competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's singles. She had a bye in the first round, defeated Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden in the second and Hisuko Mizui of Japan in the third. In quarterfinals Bang Soo-hyun edged Sarwendah Kusumawardhani of Indonesia 11–2, 3–11, 12–11 to advance to the semifinals. There, she beat the reigning world champion Tang Jiuhong of China 11–3, 11–2. In the final, she lost to Indonesia's Susi Susanti 11–5, 5–11, 3–11 to finish with the silver medal.

Atlanta 1996

Bang also competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She won the gold medal in women's singles without dropping a game in any match, defeating Susi Susanti in semifinals 11–9, 11–8, and Mia Audina in the final, 11–6, 11–7.

World ChampionshipsEdit

She won two medals in the IBF World Championships, in 1993 a silver medal as runner-up to Susanti, and in 1995 a bronze medal.

Other championshipsEdit

Bang won the quadrennial Asian Games in 1994, and the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships over Ye Zhaoying in 1996, having been a runner-up in close matches in both 1992 and 1993. Her other titles included the Welsh (1989), Hong Kong (1992), South Korea (1993, 1994, 1996), Swedish (1993, 1994), and Canadian (1995) Opens.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1992 Pavelló de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Spain   Susi Susanti 11–5, 5–11, 3–11   Silver
1996 GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, United States   Mia Audina 11–6, 11–7   Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1993 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England   Susi Susanti 11–7, 9–11, 3–11   Silver
1995 Malley Sports Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland   Han Jingna 6–11, 4–11   Bronze

World CupEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1992 Guangdong Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Huang Hua 12–10, 9–11, 9–11   Bronze
1994 Phan Dinh Phung Indoor Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Susi Susanti 9–12, 6–11   Silver

Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan   Hisako Mizui 11–4, 11–6   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1995 Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Beijing, China   Yao Yan 11–5, 7–11, 3–11   Bronze

Asian CupEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1991 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Tang Jiuhong 7–11, 11–6, 4–11   Silver
1995 Xinxing Gymnasium, Qingdao, China   Mia Audina 1–11, 11–2, 13–12   Gold

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1992 Korea Open   Tang Jiuhong 6–11, 3–11   Runner-up
1992 All England Open   Tang Jiuhong 12–9, 10–12, 1–11   Runner-up
1992 Hong Kong Open   Susi Susanti 5–11, 11–6, 11–7   Winner
1992 Thailand Open   Susi Susanti 7–11, 4–11   Runner-up
1993 Japan Open   Ye Zhaoying 6–11, 5–11   Runner-up
1993 Korea Open   Susi Susanti 12–9, 11–5   Winner
1993 Swedish Open   Lee Heung-soon 11–2, 11–6   Winner
1993 All England Open   Susi Susanti 11–4, 4–11, 1–11   Runner-up
1994 Korea Open   Kim Ji-hyun 11–5, 11–5   Winner
1994 Swedish Open   Kim Ji-hyun 6–11, 11–5, 11–3   Winner
1994 Indonesia Open   Susi Susanti 11–2, 0–11, 1–11   Runner-up
1994 Hong Kong Open   Lim Xiaoqing 11–7, 11–6   Winner
1994 China Open   Ye Zhaoying 11–8, 11–8   Winner
1995 Korea Open   Susi Susanti 11–3, 7–11, 9–11   Runner-up
1995 Japan Open   Susi Susanti 7–11, 11–12   Runner-up
1995 Malaysia Open   Susi Susanti 1–11, 6–11   Runner-up
1995 Indonesia Open   Susi Susanti 6–11, 7–11   Runner-up
1995 Singapore Open   Lim Xiaoqing 7–11, 11–6, 8–11   Runner-up
1995 USA Open   Ye Zhaoying 10–12, 11–3, 8–11   Runner-up
1995 Canada Open   Ra Kyung-min 11–0, 11–7   Winner
1995 Hong Kong Open   Mia Audina 5–11, 11–4, 11–5   Winner
1996 All England Open   Ye Zhaoying 11–1, 11–1   Winner
1996 Korea Open   Yao Yan 11–3, 11–0   Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 China Open   Jang Hye-ock   Ge Fei
  Gu Jun
8–15, 2–15   Runner-up

IBF InternationalEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1988 Welsh International     Winner

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hearn, Don (8 March 2019). "Korea's singles queen to be named to Hall of Fame". Badzine.net. Retrieved 10 May 2019.

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