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Leanne Choo (born 5 June, 1991) is a female badminton player from Australia. Choo is the reigning Oceania Champion in women's and mixed doubles. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, alongside former women's doubles partner, Renuga Veteran. Choo was scheduled to be competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Leanne Choo
Personal information
Country  Australia
Born (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 26)
Adelaide, South Australia
Residence Melbourne, Victoria
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Handedness Left
Mixed Doubles
Highest ranking 28 (7/14/2015)
Current ranking 28
BWF profile
Updated on 4 Jan 2016.

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PersonalEdit

Leanne, nicknamed Choo, Choobuka and Cheanne Loo, was born in Adelaide, South Australia. She attended Glen Osmond Primary School and later graduated from Glenunga International High School. In 2010, she enrolled at the University of Adelaide to study a degree in architecture.[1][2] Choo is a member of the Sturt Badminton Club, the largest badminton club in South Australia.[3]

CareerEdit

Early Career - 2012Edit

Choo started playing badminton when she was eight years old.[1] She rose to prominence as a junior becoming the first South Australian to win a triple crown at a national event. Due to her ongoing success, she was made a member of the Australian National Team. As a member of the national team, she is based at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, in Melbourne, Victoria.[4]

Choo has represented Australia multiple times including at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 BWF World Junior Championships. She continued representing Australia at a junior level at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. Her senior debut was at the 2010 Uber Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also competed at the 2012 edition in Wuhan, China. Choo has also represented Australia at the World Mixed Team Championships, the Sudirman Cup in 2011 and 2015.[1]

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Choo began her partnership with Renuga Veeran. The pair almost staged an upset in the quarterfinals against the number one seeds from Singapore, Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari. This was the first international tournament that Choo and Veeran had competed in.[2][5] The duo officially formed their partnership soon afterwards.

Choo and Veeran competed at the 2011 BWF World Championships in London where they reached the second round. The pair demolished Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain of Germany 21-6 21-9 in the first round before losing to 10th seeds, and eventual bronze medalists of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova of Russia in three games.[6]

2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

Choo was named as part of Australia's badminton team for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London and made her Olympic debut as a 21-year-old.[2][7][8][9] At the end of the Olympic qualifying period, Choo and Veeran were ranked 35th in the world. During the qualifying process, their ranking peaked at 26.[10] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Choo and Veeran performed well in their round robin matches thrashing their South African opponents and staying in contention with their Korean and Indonesian opponents, ranked world number three end eight respectively at the time. Unfortunately, they placed third in their pool and could not advance to the quarterfinals.

However, four pairs including Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung of Korea were disqualified from the competition. The pairings were disqualified for "not using ones's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" as they were intentionally trying to lose matches in order to secure an easier quarterfinal draw.

The duo advance to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Alex Bruce and Michelle Li of Canada. They were awarded a 5th placing, the best result in Australia's history of Olympic badminton.[11][12]

Results from 2012 Summer Olympics

Round Date Opponent Score Result
Group C

Pool Match 1

28/07/2012  Meiliana Jauhari

 Greysia Polii

21-0 21-0 (DSQ)

(11-21 21-19 14-21)

Win
Group C

Pool Match 2

29/07/2012  Michelle Claire Edwards

 Annari Viljoen

21-9 21-7 Win
Group C

Pool Match 2

30/07/2012  Ha Jung Eun

 Kim Min Jung

21-0 21-0 (DSQ)

(7-21 19-21)

Win
Quarterfinals 1/08/2012  Alex Bruce

 Michelle Li

9-21 21-18 18-21 Loss

2014 - PresentEdit

In April 2014, Choo formed her partnership with Robin Middleton in the Mixed Doubles. In June 2016, the pair qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

AchievementsEdit

Oceania ChampionshipsEdit

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
  Chia Chi Huang 7-21, 8-21   Bronze

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
  Gronya Somerville   Talia Saunders
  Jennifer Tam
21-14, 21-11   Gold
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Victoria, Australia
  Renuga Veeran   Ann-Louise Slee
  Eugenia Tanaka
21-16, 21-13   Gold
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
  Kate Wilson-Smith   Leisha Cooper
  Ann-Louise Slee
22-20, 21-11   Gold

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Punaauia University Hall,
Papeete, Tahiti
  Robin Middleton   Anthony Joe
  Joy Lai
21-11, 21-9   Gold
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
  Robin Middleton   Oliver Leydon-Davis
  Danielle Tahuri
21-12, 21-14   Gold
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Victoria, Australia
  Glenn Warfe   Raymond Tam
  Eugenia Tanaka
17-21, 19-21   Silver
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
  Chad Whitehead   Henry Tam
  Donna Haliday
17-21, 24-22, 14-21   Bronze

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Jamaica International   Rachel Honderich   Mikaylia Haldane
  Katherine Wynter
21-2, 21-8   Winner
2014 Auckland International   Gronya Somerville   Chang Ching-hui
  Chang Hsin-tien
11-6, 8-11, 10-11, 9-11   Runner-up
2014 Victorian International   Renuga Veeran   Keshya Nurvita Hanadia
  Devi Tika Permatasari
13-21, 11-21   Runner-up
2011 Altona International   Renuga Veeran   Amanda Brown
  Stephanie Cheng
22-20, 21-11   Winner
2010 Altona International   Kate Wilson-Smith   He Tian Tang
  Renuga Veeran
15-21, 15-21   Runner-up
2010 Tahiti International   Kate Wilson-Smith   Nicole Grether
  Charmaine Reid
21-12, 19-21, 21-12   Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Sydney International   Robin Middleton   Phillip Chew
  Jamie Subandhi
21-8, 21-17   Winner
2015 Maribyrnong International   Robin Middleton   Sawan Serasinghe
  Setyana Mapasa
17-21, 21-19, 21-19   Winner
2015 Sri Lanka International   Robin Middleton   Arun Vishnu
  Aparna Balan
21-15, 17-21, 13-21   Runner-up
2011 Brazil International   Glenn Warfe   Halim Ho
  Eva Lee
11-21, 15-21   Runner-up
2011 Altona International   Glenn Warfe   Kevin Dennerly-Minturn
  Stephanie Cheng
22-20, 21-11   Winner
2010 Tahiti International   Glenn Warfe   Ross Smith
  Kate Wilson-Smith
14-21, 21-13, 18-21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c "London 2012 – Leanne Choo". London2012.olympics.com.au. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Elite members". Sturt Badminton Club Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Badminton Australia: Athlete Profiles". Badminton.org.au. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  5. ^ "tournamentsoftware.com - Commonwealth Games 2010 - General". www.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  6. ^ "tournamentsoftware.com - Yonex BWF World Championships 2011 - General". www.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Australian Olympic badminton team named". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Aussies name badminton line-up – ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  9. ^ AAP (15 June 2012). "Bendigo's Warfe named in Olympic squad – Local News – Sport – Badminton". Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  10. ^ "London 2012 – Renuga Veeran". London2012.olympics.com.au. 20 June 1986. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics -- Eight badminton players disqualified for trying to lose matches". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Aussies benefit from badminton tanking scandal". ABC Grandstand Sport. Retrieved 2015-06-02.