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Lee Hyo-jung (Hangul: 이효정, Hanja: 李孝貞; Korean pronunciation: [i.ɦjo.dʑʌŋ]; born January 13, 1981 in Busan) is a badminton player from South Korea.

Lee Hyo-jung
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Personal information
Birth name이효정
Country South Korea
Born (1981-01-13) January 13, 1981 (age 38)
Busan, South Korea
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Years active1999-2010
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking4 (WD)
1 (XD)
BWF profile

She won the gold medal in badminton mixed doubles at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with her partner, Lee Yong-dae. Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae were unseeded, and in the finals they beat the top seeds and 2005 and 2007 world champions Lilyana Natsir and Nova Widianto of Indonesia, 21-11, 21-17.

Lee Hyo-jung also won the silver medal in badminton women's doubles at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with her partner, Lee Kyung-won; they were seeded fourth and lost to the second-seeded Chinese pair, Du Jing and Yu Yang.

Lee became the first woman in Korean history to win gold medals at both the Olympics and the Asian Games. In the 2010 Asian Games, she partnered with Shin Baek-cheol instead of her usual partner, Lee Yong-dae. After winning the medal, she announced her retirement despite many pleas from her coaches and fans at home to continue playing until the London Olympics in 2012.

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CareerEdit

In 1998, Lee who attended the Haksan Girls' High School won the girls' singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events at the German Junior tournament. She was competed at the World and Asian Junior Championships. At the World Junior, she partnered with Jun Woul-sik in the girls' doubles and Choi Min-ho in the mixed doubles, captured the bronze and silver medals respectively.[1] She and Jun also won the silver medal at the Asian Junior.[2] Lee junior competed in some international senior (level 4) tournament, and won double titles at the Korea and Sri Lanka International, also women's doubles title at the Hungarian, Australian and Norwegian International tournaments.

In 2000, Lee won the Asian Championships in the women's doubles event with her partner Yim Kyung-jin.[3] At the aged of 19, Lee competed at the Sydney Olympics in the women's doubles with Yim and in the mixed doubles with Lee Dong-soo. She and Yim defeated in the second round, while with Lee Dong-soo defeated in the first round.[4][5]

In 2002, she finished as the runners-up at the Chinese Taipei and Singapore Open in the women's doubles event with Hwang Yu-mi. In 2003, she and Hwang also the runner-up at the Thailand and Chinese Taipei Open. In the mixed doubles event, Lee who was teamed-up with Kim Yong-hyun achieved their best result by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Championships. In 2004, Lee competed for Korea at the Summer Olympics in women's and mixed doubles with partner Hwang Yu-mi and Kim Yong-hyun.[6] Lee and Hwang had a bye in the first round and defeated Cheng Wen-Hsing and Chien Yu Chin of Chinese Taipei in the second. In the quarterfinals, Lee and Hwang lost to Zhao Tingting and Wei Yili of China 8–15, 15–6, 15–13. In the mixed doubles event, Lee and Kim were seeded three, but the pairs defeat by the Danish pair in the second round in the rubber game.

In 2008, Lee won her first All England Open Championship title in women's doubles with partner Lee Kyung-won, beating Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen in the semifinals and Du Jing and Yu Yang in the final. In August, she and Lee Yong-dae won mixed doubles gold medals in Beijing Olympics, beating Lilyana Natsir and Nova Widianto of Indonesia and also with Lee Kyung-won grabbed the silver medal in the women's doubles event. In 2009, Lee and Lee Yong-dae became world number one. They won three titles: Korea Open Super Series, Asian Badminton Championship, and China Open Super Series. They also played for Korea in Sudirman Cup in May. In the final, Korea lost to China 0-3. Lee and Lee were defeated by the Chinese pair, Zheng Bo and Yu Yang.

In 2010, Lee competed in the 2010 Uber Cup as a member of the South Korean women's national team. There she led her team to its first Uber Cup trophy, winning all 4 doubles matches she competed in through the tourney. In the finals, she and her partner Kim Min-jung won against WR #1 Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli, beating them 18–21, 21–12, 21–15. Although Lee and Kim were not regular partners and Lee Hyo-Jung stopped playing WD regularly in international games, Lee played exceptionally well, proving why she was the most successful player in the 2008 Olympics, winning both gold and silver medals. In June, Lee continued on playing women's doubles with Kim Min-jung, winning the Indonesia Open and the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold, and finishing as a runner-up in the Singapore Open. While waiting for Lee Yong-dae to recover from his injury, she played mixed doubles with Shin Baek-cheol.

In August, Lee partnered again with Lee Yong-dae in the Kumpoo Macau Open Badminton Championships, Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold, and World Championship, but their best finish was reaching the quarterfinals in the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix. They were hit with Lee Hyo Jung's back injury and Lee Yong-dae getting used to playing again after rehab and possibly not fully recovering from the previous injury. Due to these reasons, the head coach of the Korea Badminton Team was quoted as saying that Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae had not had sufficient time to practice together. Lee Yong-dae decided to stop playing mixed doubles altogether, possibly due to the strain on his injured elbow from playing both men's and mixed doubles. In November, Lee Hyo-jung entered Asian Games in three games total: women's, mixed, and team event. In the women's doubles and team event, she won bronze medals. However, in mixed doubles, she partnered with Shin Baek-cheol, with whom she had previously played only two tournaments, but they still managed to win against two Chinese pairs (Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, He Han Bin and Ma Jin) at their home court, becoming the first woman in Korean history to win both Olympic and Asian Game gold medals.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium,
Beijing, China
  Lee Kyung-won   Du Jing
  Yu Yang
15–21, 13–21   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium,
Beijing, China
  Lee Yong-dae   Nova Widianto
  Liliyana Natsir
21–11, 21–17   Gold

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Arrowhead Pond,
Anaheim, United States
  Lee Kyung-won   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
4–15, 3–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium,
Hyderabad, India
  Lee Yong-dae   Thomas Laybourn
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
21–18, 9–21, 18–21   Bronze

Asian GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium,
Guangzhou, China
  Kim Min-jung   Tian Qing
  Zhao Yunlei
9–21, 12–21   Bronze
2006 Aspire Hall 3,
Doha, Qatar
  Lee Kyung-won   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
16–21, 12–21   Bronze
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium,
Busan, South Korea
  Hwang Yu-mi   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
2–11, 9–11   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium,
Guangzhou, China
  Shin Baek-cheol   Zhang Nan
  Zhao Yunlei
21–19, 21–14   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Suwon Indoor Stadium,
Suwon, South Korea
  Lee Kyung-won   Ma Jin
  Wang Xiaoli
11–21, 18–21   Silver
2008 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  Lee Kyung-won   Chien Yu-chin
  Cheng Wen-hsing
18–21, 5–21   Bronze
2005 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium,
Hyderabad, India
  Lee Kyung-won   Kumiko Ogura
  Reiko Shiota
15–13, 8–15, 15–5   Gold
2004 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Lee Kyung-won   Du Jing
  Yu Yang
6–15, 15–11, 15–7   Gold
2003 Senayan Indoor Stadium,
Jakarta, Indonesia
  Hwang Yu-mi   Ra Kyung-min
  Lee Kyung-won
9–15, 7–15   Silver
2000 Senayan Indoor Stadium,
Jakarta, Indonesia
  Yim Kyung-jin   Eti Tantri
  Minarti Timur
15–8, 15–13   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Suwon Indoor Stadium,
Suwon, South Korea
  Lee Yong-dae   Yoo Yeon-seong
  Kim Min-jung
21–12, 21–15   Gold
2005 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium,
Hyderabad, India
  Lee Jae-jin   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thungthongkam
11–15, 17–14, 10–15   Silver
2003 Senayan Indoor Stadium,
Jakarta, Indonesia
  Kim Yong-hyun   Anggun Nugroho
  Eny Widiowati
13–15, 8–15   Bronze

World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Sports and Aquatic Centre,
Melbourne, Australia
  Jun Woul-sik   Feng Chen
  Pan Pan
16–17, 1–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Sports and Aquatic Centre,
Melbourne, Australia
  Choi Min-ho   Chan Chong Ming
  Joanne Quay
6–15, 10–15   Silver

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Jun Woul-sik   Gong Ruina
  Huang Sui
13–15, 8–15   Silver

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[7] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011,[8] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Indonesia Open   Kim Min-jung   Cheng Wen-hsing
  Chien Yu-chin
21–12, 12–21, 21–11   Winner
2010 Singapore Open   Kim Min-jung   Shinta Mulia Sari
  Yao Lei
17–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2009 Swiss Open   Lee Kyung-won   Du Jing
  Yu Yang
11–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2009 Korea Open   Lee Kyung-won   Cheng Wen-hsing
  Chien Yu-chin
19–21, 8–21   Runner-up
2009 Malaysia Open   Lee Kyung-won   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
21–15, 21–12   Winner
2008 All England Open   Lee Kyung-won   Du Jing
  Yu Yang
12–21, 21–18, 21–14   Winner
2007 Denmark Open   Lee Kyung-won   Yang Wei
  Zhang Jiewen
21–12, 19–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2007 Swiss Open   Lee Kyung-won   Zhao Tingting
  Yang Wei
15–21, 10–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Swiss Open   Lee Yong-dae   Shin Baek-cheol
  Yoo Hyun-young
21–14, 21–18   Winner
2009 China Open   Lee Yong-dae   Zheng Bo
  Ma Jin
21–18, 15–21, 21–15   Winner
2009 Indonesia Open   Lee Yong-dae   Zheng Bo
  Ma Jin
17–21, 21–8, 16–21   Runner-up
2009 Swiss Open   Lee Yong-dae   Zheng Bo
  Ma Jin
16–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2009 Korea Open   Lee Yong-dae   Songphon Anugritayawon
  Kunchala Voravichitchaikul
21–8, 21–7   Winner
2009 Malaysia Open   Lee Yong-dae   Nova Widianto
  Lilyana Natsir
14–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2008 Hong Kong Open   Lee Yong-dae   Xie Zhongbo
  Zhang Yawen
14–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2008 China Open   Lee Yong-dae   Xu Chen
  Zhao Yunlei
21–16, 21–15   Winner
2008 Korea Open   Lee Yong-dae   Flandy Limpele
  Vita Marissa
15–21, 21–14, 21–18   Winner
2008 Malaysia Open   Lee Yong-dae   He Hanbin
  Yu Yang
14–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2007 Swiss Open   Lee Yong-dae   Muhammad Rijal
  Greysia Polii
14–21, 21–16, 21–18   Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation since 1983.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Chinese Taipei Open   Kim Min-jung   Yoo Hyun-young
  Lee Kyung-won
21–14, 22–20   Winner
2008 German Open   Lee Kyung-won   Miyuki Maeda
  Satoko Suetsuna
21–17, 21–16   Winner
2007 Macau Open   Lee Kyung-won   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
15–21, 7–21   Runner-up
2006 Thailand Open   Lee Kyung-won   Saralee Thungthongkam
  Sathinee Chankrachangwong
21–18, 21–9   Winner
2006 Macau Open   Lee Kyung-won   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
21–17, 14–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2006 Chinese Taipei Open   Lee Kyung-won   Gao Ling
  Huang Sui
21–18, 9–21, 21–17   Winner
2005 Indonesia Open   Lee Kyung-won   Chin Eei Hui
  Wong Pei Tty
15–4, 15–5   Winner
2005 Thailand Open   Lee Kyung-won   Zhang Dan
  Zhang Yawen
9–15, 15–11, 15–13   Winner
2005 Swiss Open   Lee Kyung-won   Chien Yu-chin
  Cheng Wen-hsing
15–8, 15–12   Winner
2005 Korea Open   Lee Kyung-won   Gail Emms
  Donna Kellogg
Walkover   Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open   Hwang Yu-mi   Ra Kyung-min
  Lee Kyung-won
9–15, 8–15   Runner-up
2003 Dutch Open   Hwang Yu-mi   Ra Kyung-min
  Lee Kyung-won
4–15, 9–15   Runner-up
2003 Thailand Open   Yim Kyung-jin   Wei Yili
  Zhao Tingting
9–11, 11–5, 6–11   Runner-up
2002 Singapore Open   Hwang Yu-mi   Huang Nanyan
  Yang Wei
1–11, 8–11   Runner-up
2002 Chinese Taipei Open   Hwang Yu-mi   Saralee Thungthongkam
  Sathinee Chankrachangwong
11–4, 12–13, 8–11   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 German Open   Lee Yong-dae   He Hanbin
  Yu Yang
9–21, 27–25, 21–18   Winner
2006 Chinese Taipei Open   Lee Jae-jin   Nova Widianto
  Liliyana Natsir
21–17, 21–23, 13–21   Runner-up
2005 China Open   Lee Jae-jin   Nathan Robertson
  Gail Emms
10–15, 10–15   Runner-up
2005 German Open   Lee Jae-jin   Nathan Robertson
  Gail Emms
15–12, 17–14   Winner
2005 Malaysia Open   Lee Jae-jin   Chen Qiqiu
  Zhao Tingting
15–12, 15–11   Winner
2005 Thailand Open   Lee Jae-jin   Thomas Laybourn
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
15–12, 15–12   Winner
2005 Korea Open   Lee Jae-jin   Jens Eriksen
  Mette Schjoldager
17–14, 15–9   Winner
2004 Malaysia Open   Kim Yong-hyun   Zhang Jun
  Gao Ling
2–15, 11–15   Runner-up
2004 All England Open   Kim Yong-hyun   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
8–15, 15–17   Runner-up
2004 Korea Open   Kim Yong-hyun   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
5–15, 11–15   Runner-up
2003 Denmark Open   Kim Yong-hyun   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
16–17, 10–15   Runner-up
2003 Dutch Open   Kim Yong-hyun   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
4–15, 2–15   Runner-up
2003 Swiss Open   Kim Yong-hyun   Jens Eriksen
  Mette Schjoldager
7–11, 11–9, 5–11   Runner-up
2003 Korea Open   Kim Yong-hyun   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
5–11, 4–11   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series/SatelliteEdit

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Korea International   Lee Kyung-won   Yoo Hyun-young
  Jung Kyung-eun
19–21, 10–21   Runner-up
1999 Norwegian International   Yim Kyung-jin   Jung Yeon-kyung
  Kim So-yeon
15–7, 15–3   Winner
1999 Australian International   Ra Kyung-min   Chung Jae-hee
  Yim Kyung-jin
17–16, 6–15, 15–3   Winner
1999 Hungarian International   Yim Kyung-jin   Jung Yeon-kyung
  Kim So-yeon
15–9, 15–13   Winner
1998 Sri Lanka International   Jun Woul-sik   Madhumita Bisht
  Sindhu Gulati
15–10, 15–5   Winner
1997 Korea International   Jun Woul-sik   Choi Young-eun
  Lee Ji-sun
15–5, 15–9   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Korea International   Lee Yong-dae   Ko Sung-hyun
  Ha Jung-eun
21–14, 15–21, 21–9   Winner
1999 Hungarian International   Yim Bang-eun   Kim Yong-hyun
  Yim Kyung-jin
15–5, 9–15, 3–15   Runner-up
1998 Sri Lanka International   Choi Min-ho   Jung Sung-gyun
  Jun Woul-sik
15–13, 17–15   Winner
1997 Korea International   Choi Min-ho   Norhasikin Amin
  Pang Cheh Chang
15–8, 15–9   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

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