Lee Hyun-il

Lee Hyun-il (Korean: 이현일, born 17 April 1980 in Seoul) is a male badminton player from South Korea.

Lee Hyun-il
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Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1980-04-17) 17 April 1980 (age 40)
Seoul, South Korea
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Men's singles
Highest ranking1 (21 February 2004[1])
Current ranking61 (10 September 2019)
BWF profile
Lee Hyun-il
Revised RomanizationI Hyeon-il
McCune–ReischauerYi Hyŏn-il


2002 Asian GamesEdit

Lee competed in the 2002 Asian Games where he showed signs of promise as an ace singles player for Team Korea. In the men's team event, Lee dominated the opponents he faced in the tourney, completing all three matches less than 30 minutes and allowing only seven points in the semifinals and eight in the final. Team Korea eventually won their first men's team gold medal since 1986 when Park Joo-bong and Kim Moon-soo led the team.[2]

2002 Asian Games – Men's Team
Date Round Result Score Opponents
October 6 Quarterfinal Win 15–11, 15–7   Hidetaka Yamada
October 7 Semifinal Win 15–5, 15–2   Lee Tsuen Seng
October 9 Final Win 15–3, 15–5   Rony Agustinus

2003 Sudirman CupEdit

At the 2003 Sudirman Cup held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Lee helped his team to win its third Sudirman Cup title, winning all three singles matches. Though many great doubles players from South Korea had won numerous international competitions, Team Korea had always struggled to win the Thomas and Sudirman Cup competitions due to the lack of top men's singles players. However, Lee, the winner of the 2003 Swiss Open, showed spectacular performances through the Sudirman Cup tournament, not dropping a single set. In the semifinal, Lee defeated 2001 World Championship runner-up and 2001 All England Open semifinalist Peter Gade 2-0, which led his team to a 3-2 victory over Denmark. Lee won another 2-0 upset victory over world number one ranked Chen Hong in Game 1 of the South Korea's final team event against China.

2003 Sudirman Cup
Date Round Result Score Opponents
March 18 Group 1A Win 15–5, 15–5   Rasmus Wengberg
March 22 Semifinal Win 15–9, 15–12   Peter Gade
March 23 Final Win 15–10, 15–12   Chen Hong

2004 OlympicsEdit

Lee competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, which was his first Olympic appearance. Lee easily defeated Stuart Brehaut of Australia in the first round. However, he was surprisingly eliminated in the second round by Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.[3]


At the 2006 IBF World Championships held in Madrid, Spain, Lee captured his first world championship medal in the men's singles event. He defeated Chetan Anand, Jan Fröhlich, Eric Pang and Chen Jin before losing to Bao Chunlai of China in the semifinals.

2006 World Championships – Men's Singles
Date Round Result Score Opponents
September 18 First Rd Win 21-18, 18-21, 21-10   Chetan Anand
September 19 Second Rd Win 21-10, 21-4   Jan Fröhlich
September 20 Third Rd Win 21-16, 21-6   Eric Pang
September 21 Quarterfinal Win 21-14, 19-21, 21-12   Chen Jin
September 22 Semifinal Loss 15–21, 19-21   Bao Chunlai

2008 OlympicsEdit

In 2008, he defeated top rank players Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei in the Korea Open. He participated in the Beijing Olympics, where he reached the semi-finals before being defeated by world number one, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, and then being beaten by Chen Jin of China in the bronze-medal playoff.[4][5]

Retirement and comebackEdit

After the 2008 Olympics, Lee announced his retirement from international badminton and only competed in national competitions. However, in April 2010 he came out of retirement after much persuasion from the coach and teammates to fill the void of singles players in the Korean national squad. In May 2010, Lee participated in the 2010 Thomas Cup and played in two singles matches.

2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

Lee lost to Chinese Chen Long in the badminton bronze-medal playoff on 5 August 2012.[6]


World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid,
Madrid, Spain
  Bao Chunlai 15–21, 19–21   Bronze

Asian GamesEdit

Men's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2006 Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar   Lin Dan 3–21, 10–21   Bronze
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium, Busan, South Korea   Taufik Hidayat 7–15, 9–15   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2005 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India   Kuan Beng Hong 11–15, 4–15   Bronze

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Endra Feryanto 8–15, 5–15   Bronze

BWF World Tour (1 title)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[7] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[8]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Macau Open Super 300   Zhou Zeqi 21–9, 21–19   Winner

BWF Superseries (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Superseries had two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries featured twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Denmark Open   Srikanth Kidambi 10–21, 5–21   Runner-up
2016 French Open   Shi Yuqi 16–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2008 Korea Open   Lin Dan 4–21, 23–21, 25–23   Winner
2008 Malaysia Open   Lee Chong Wei 15–21, 21–11, 17–21   Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (18 titles, 11 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as 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 sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Malaysia Masters   Ng Ka Long 21–14, 15–21, 9–10 (retired)   Runner-up
2016 U.S. Open   Kanta Tsuneyama 24–22, 21–8   Winner
2016 Canada Open   B. Sai Praneeth 12–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2016 Thailand Masters   Hu Yun 21–18, 21–19   Winner
2015 U.S. Grand Prix   Rajiv Ouseph 21–19, 21–12   Winner
2015 Korea Masters   Lee Dong-keun 21–17, 14–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2015 Thailand Open   Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21–17, 22–24, 21–8   Winner
2015 Vietnam Open   Tommy Sugiarto 19–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 New Zealand Open   Qiao Bin 21–12, 21–14   Winner
2015 Malaysia Masters   Jeon Hyeok-jin 19–21, 21–13, 21–15   Winner
2014 Korea Masters   Lee Dong-keun 18–21, 22–24   Runner-up
2014 Canada Open   Ng Ka Long 21–16, 21–14   Winner
2013 Korea Masters   Hong Ji-hoon 21–18, 21–12   Winner
2012 Swiss Open   Chen Jin 21–14, 9–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2011 Korea Masters   Shon Wan-ho 21–18, 21–16   Winner
2011 Macau Open   Du Pengyu 17–21, 21–11, 21–18   Winner
2011 Thailand Open   Chen Long 8–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2011 Swiss Open   Park Sung-hwan 21–17, 9–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2010 Macau Open   Lee Chong Wei No match   Runner-up
2008 German Open   Sho Sasaki 22–20, 21–5   Winner
2006 All England Open   Lin Dan 7–15, 7–15   Runner-up
2005 Chinese Taipei Open   Shon Seung-mo 15–13, 15–5   Winner
2005 Indonesia Open   Boonsak Ponsana 15–10, 15–3   Winner
2003 German Open   Lin Dan 15–4, 15–4   Winner
2003 Dutch Open   Muhammad Hafiz Hashim 5–15, 15–8, 15–6   Winner
2003 Swiss Open   Anders Boesen 15–10, 15–2   Winner
2002 Japan Open   Xia Xuanze 5–7, 7–5, 0–7, 7–5, 7–2   Winner
2001 U.S. Open   Kenneth Jonassen 6–8, 7–2, 7–2, 7–5   Winner
2001 Japan Open   Muhammad Roslin Hashim 11–15, 6–15   Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament
  IBF World Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (5 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 South Australia International   Ng Tze Yong 21–23, 1–5r   Runner-up
2015 Thailand International   Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21–13, 21–10   Winner
2014 Malaysia International   Tan Chun Seang 17–21, 21–16, 21–11   Winner
2014 Indonesia International   Jonatan Christie 11–10, 9–11, 5–11, 11–8, 11–3   Winner
2014 Sri Lanka International   Anand Pawar 17–21, 21–10, 21–15   Winner
2005 Thailand Satellite   Shon Seung-mo 5–15, 3–15   Runner-up
2000 Waitakere International   Rio Suryana 15–8, 15–0   Winner
2000 Swedish Open   Rasmus Wengberg 12–15, 11–15   Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament


  1. ^ "Lee Hyun Il first to become men's singles World #1". Badmintontimes. 21 February 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  2. ^ "한국 남자단식의 에이스 이현일" (in Korean). 배드민턴데일리. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  3. ^ "한국 배드민턴, 이현일도 8강 진출 좌절" (in Korean). OhmyNews. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Lee Hyun-Il Stuns Bao in Beijing". Badminton Information. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  5. ^ "China's Lin Dan wins badminton men's singles final". People's Daily. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. ^ "China's Chen Long wins badminton singles bronze". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  7. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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