Kate Foo Kune
Kate Foo Kune (born 29 March 1993) is a badminton player from Mauritius. She began playing badminton in Mauritius at age six. Her first major tournament participation was 2013 BWF World Championships in China, where she lost in the first round of women's singles to Sarah Walker of England. Foo Kune represented her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was the flag bearer for Mauritius during the Parade of Nations.
|Kate Foo Kune|
|Birth name||Kate Jessica Kim Lee Foo Kune|
|Born||29 March 1993|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Women's singles & doubles|
|Highest ranking||57 (WS 21 April 2016)|
69 (WD 5 April 2012)
140 (XD 7 December 2017)
|Current ranking||108 (WS 18 February 2020)|
As a junior player, she won the Under-15 and Under-19 African tournaments. She was awarded the Sportswoman of the year in 2015 in Mauritius. In doubles, she partnered with Yeldy Marie Louison, while in mixed doubles, she partnered with Georges Julien Paul. Her career-best ranking remains 63 as of 2016 and her best performance remains the gold at 2015 African games.
Kate Foo Kune is the second child of Jacques and Cathy Foo Kune (née Ng), both leading mixed doubles badminton players who several championships, such as the 1985 Indian Ocean Games. The pair were married in 1990 and had two children. Her sister, Karen Foo Kune, is also a professional badminton player and competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Foo Kune pursued her bachelor's degree in Sports Management while at France.
Foo Kune started playing badminton at the age of six and turned professional by twelve. She first participated in a junior competition at age 12 in 2005. She had her international debut Thomas and Uber Cup Qualification for Africa in 2010 held at Uganda. She was named Sportswoman of the Year in 2015 in Mauritius. In doubles, she partnered with Yeldy Marie Louison, while in mixed doubles, she partnered with Georges Julien Paul. During the early part of her career, she paired with her sister Karen Foo Kune. During her first outing in the African Badminton Cup of Nations, she finished second, but a few weeks later, she won the Mauritius International Series. She went on to win the Under-15 and Under-19 African tournaments.
In September 2013, it was reported that she was one of the 14 players selected for the Road to Rio Program, a program that aimed to help African badminton players compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Foo Kune was part of the Mauritius badminton squad which won the title at the 2016 Africa Continental Team Badminton Championships in February 2016, which also confirms the participation of Mauritius in 2016 Uber Cup. In June 2016, Foo Kune won the 2016 European Badminton Club Championships with her club despite losing in the final to Beatriz Corrales. She was the flagbearer for Mauritius during the Parade of Nations. She won her first match against Wendy Chen Hsuan-Yu of Australia, but was defeated by Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand and failed to qualify for the next round.
In June 2019, Foo Kune was tested positive for doping during the 2019 African Badminton Championships and in November 2019, she was retrospectively disqualified from the championship. In December 2020, Foo Kune was banned for two years for the positive test, after a failed appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. As a result, Foo Kune cannot compete at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in 2021.
All African GamesEdit
|2015||Gymnase Étienne Mongha, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo||Grace Gabriel||21–13, 21–19||Gold|
|2015||Gymnase Étienne Mongha,
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
|Yeldy Marie Louison|| Juliette Ah-Wan
|20–22, 21–18, 14–21||Silver|
|2020||Cairo Stadium Hall 2, Cairo, Egypt||Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan||21–19, 21–16||Gold|
|2019||Alfred Diete-Spiff Centre, Port Harcourt, Nigeria||Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan||12–21, 13–21|
|2018||Salle OMS Harcha Hacéne, Algiers, Algeria||Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan||21–16, 21–19||Gold|
|2017||John Barrable Hall, Benoni, South Africa||Hadia Hosny||16–21, 21–14, 21–8||Gold|
|2014||Lobatse Stadium, Gaborone, Botswana||Grace Gabriel||21–14, 14–21, 21–17||Gold|
|2013||National Badminton Centre, Rose Hill, Mauritius||Grace Gabriel||23–25, 12–21||Silver|
|Yeldy Marie Louison|| Juliette Ah-Wan
|2011||Marrakesh, Morocco||Karen Foo Kune|| Annari Viljoen
|21–19, 9–21, 8–21||Bronze|
|2017||John Barrable Hall,
Benoni, South Africa
|Georges Julien Paul|| Andries Malan
|19–21, 21–19, 19-21||Silver|
BWF International Challenge/Series (9 titles, 11 runners-up)Edit
|2019||South Africa International||Katharina Fink||21–16, 21–14||Winner|
|2018||Uganda International||Hadia Hosny||21–19, 21–10||Winner|
|2017||South Africa International||Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka||10–21, 10–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Zambia International||Ksenia Polikarpova||14–21, 21–16, 21–18||Winner|
|2016||Norwegian International||Yap Rui Chen||13–21, 8–21||Runner-up|
|2016||Uganda International||Telma Santos||10–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Botswana International||Laura Sarosi||10–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Zambia International||Sorayya Aghaei||15–21, 1–0 Retired||Winner|
|2015||Nigeria International||Grace Gabriel||21–14, 11–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2014||Zambia International||Grace Gabriel||21–16, 21–17||Winner|
|2014||Morocco International||Lianne Tan||11–7, 9–11, 9–11, 8–11||Runner-up|
|2013||Mauritius International||Grace Gabriel||21–18, 16–21, 24–22||Winner|
|2014||Zambia International||Grace Gabriel|| Michelle Butler-Emmett
Elme de Villiers
|17–21, 21–19, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2014||Mauritius International||Yeldy Marie Louison|| Annika Horbach
Maria Mata Masinipeni
|2018||Uganda International||Jonathan Persson|| Georges Julien Paul
Aurelie Marie Elisa Allet
|2017||Zambia International||Jonathan Persson|| Misha Zilberman
|2017||Mauritius International||Jonathan Persson|| Yogendran Khrishnan
|2017||Brazil International||Jonathan Persson|| Hugo Arthuso
|2014||Zambia International||Georges Julien Paul|| Ali Ahmed El-Khateeb
|2014||Hatzor International||Florent Riancho|| Gennadiy Natarov
|6–11, 7–11, 11–8, 10–11||Runner-up|
- * Statistics were last updated on 18 February 2020.
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| Flagbearer for Mauritius
2016 Rio de Janeiro