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Judith Meulendijks (born 26 September 1978, Helmond) is a former badminton player from the Netherlands.[1]

Judith Meulendijks
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Judith Meulendijks
Personal information
Country Netherlands
Born (1978-09-26) 26 September 1978 (age 40)
Helmond, the Netherlands
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Women's singles & doubles
Highest ranking19 (WS) 22 Oct 2009
32 (WD) 21 Jan 2010
BWF profile



Meulendijks started playing badminton at the BC Phoenix in her hometown and then she went to BC Geldrop. In her junior career, she won 1994 Dutch junior championships in the girls' doubles partnered with Antoinette Achterberg, and in 1995 in the mixed doubles with Dicky Palyama. In 1996, she elected to join the national team, and at the same year she won the national women's singles title. In 2007, she won the gold medal at the European Junior Championships in the girls' singles event, and also became the first of world-class junior players to make a mark on the International Badminton Federation tournament circuit when she took the women's singles title at the Dutch Open.[2][3]

In 2000, she competed at the Sydney Olympics in women's singles and was beaten in round of 32 by Ye Zhaoying, of China, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7.[4] Meulendijks was a part of the Dutch team who won the 2002 bronze and 2006 silver at the Uber Cup.[5]

She won the Dutch National Badminton Championships three times in the Women's singles category (1996, 2008 & 2012) and the Women's doubles two times (2006 & 2007) with Brenda Beenhakker. She ended her international singles career in style reaching the finals at her home Dutch Open event in 2012 were she lost to Czech player Kristina Gavnholt. She played for many clubs in the Netherlands (BC Phoenix, BC Geldrop, Pellikaan Tilburg, BC Nuenen, BCO Bali & BC Duinwijck), Germany (FC Langenfeld & Bayer Uerdingen with which she won the German Bundesliga title in 2002 & 2003) and Denmark (Team Aarhus & Vendsyssel). She now is a badminton coach in Switzerland.

Major achievementsEdit

Year Venue/Tournament Event Result
Uber Cup
2006 Sendai and Tokyo, Japan Women's team 2
2002 Guangzhou, China Women's team 3
European Women's Team Championships
2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands Women's team 3
2008 Almere, Netherlands Women's team 2
2006 Thessalonica, Greece Women's team 1
European Junior Championships
1997 Nymburk, Czech Republic Girls' singles 1
BWF Grand Prix
2012 Dutch Open Women's singles 2
2010 U.S. Open Women's singles 2
2009 Dutch Open Women's singles 2
2007 Dutch Open Women's singles 2
BWF International Challenge/Series
2012 Belgian International Women's doubles (  Johanna Goliszewski) 2
2012 French International Women's singles 1
2012 French International Women's doubles (  Johanna Goliszewski) 1
2012 Estonian International Women's singles 1
2011 Scottish International Women's singles 1
2010 Turkey International Women's singles 1
2010 Spanish International Women's singles 2
2009 Finnish Open Women's singles 2
2008 Czech International Women's singles 2
2007 Spanish International Women's singles 2
2007 Portugal International Women's singles 1
IBF World Grand Prix
2006 Macau Open Women's singles 1
1997 Dutch Open Women's singles 1
Other International Championships
2006 Spanish International Women's singles 2
2005 Scottish Open Women's singles 2
2003 French Open Women's singles 2
2003 Portugal International Women's singles 2
2001 Croatian International Women's singles 2
2000 BMW Open Women's singles 2
1999 BMW Open Women's singles 2
1998 Amor International Women's singles 1
1998 BMW Open Women's doubles (  Erica van den Heuvel) 1
1997 Welsh International Women's singles 2
1997 Austrian International Women's singles 1


  1. ^ "Judith Meulendijks". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  2. ^ "European Junior Championships, Individuals". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Dutch Open: Dutch teenager takes singles crown". Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Mia Audina ziet het goud al glinsteren" (in Dutch). Trouw. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  5. ^ "China Clinch Tenth Uber Cup". China Internet Information Center. Retrieved 13 July 2016.

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