Bang Soo-Hyun (Hangul: 방수현, Hanja: 方銖賢, born September 13, 1972 in Seoul) 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.
|Born||September 13, 1972|
Seoul, South Korea
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.
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.
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.
|Outcome||Event||Year||Venue||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|1||Singles||1996||Atlanta, United States||Mia Audina||11-6, 11-7|
|2||Singles||1992||Barcelona, Spain||Susi Susanti||11-5, 5-11, 3-11|
|2||Singles||1993||Birmingham, England||Susi Susanti||11-7, 9-11, 3-11|
|1||Singles||1994||Hiroshima, Japan||Hisako Mizui||11-4, 11-6|
|All England Open|
|1||Singles||1996||Birmingham, England||Ye Zhaoying||11-1, 11-1|
|2||Singles||1993||London, England||Susi Susanti||11-4, 4-11, 1-11|
|2||Singles||1992||London, England||Tang Jiuhong||12-9, 10-12, 1-11|
|Other Open Tournaments|
|1||Singles||1996||Korea Open||Yao Yan||11-3, 11-0|
|1||Singles||1995||Canadian Open||Ra Kyung-min||11-0, 11-7|
|1||Singles||1994||Hong Kong Open||Lim Xiaoqing||11-7, 11-6|
|1||Singles||1994||Swedish Open||Kim Ji-hyun||6-11, 11-5, 11-3|
|1||Singles||1994||Korea Open||Kim Ji-hyun||11-5, 11-5|
|1||Singles||1993||Swedish Open||Lee Heung-soon||11-2, 11-6|
|1||Singles||1993||Korea Open||Susi Susanti||12-9, 11-5|
|1||Singles||1992||Hong Kong Open||Susi Susanti||5-11, 11-6, 11-7|
Record Against Selected OpponentsEdit
Includes results against World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.