Olga Konon

Olga Anatolyevna Konon (Belarusian: Вольга Анатольеўна Конан, Russian: Ольга Анатольевна Конон; born 11 November 1989 in Brest, Byelorussian SSR)[1] is a badminton player from Germany, and is of Belarusian origin.

Olga Konon
Olga Konon (GER).jpg
Personal information
Country Belarus (to 2009)
 Poland (2009–2010)
 Germany (since October 2010)
Born (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 31)
Brest, Byelorussian SSR
ResidenceSaarbrücken, Germany
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)
HandednessRight
Women's singles & doubles
Highest ranking26 (WS 18 August 2011)
90 (WD 12 July 2018)
40 (XD 27 September 2018)
Current ranking328 (WD), 101 (XD) (9 April 2019)
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Konon is known for her speed and attacking style of play. She is currently coached by Kim Ji Hyun and Per Henrik Croona.[2] Konon won her first major international tournament in 2004, at the Finnish International in the mixed event. She was only 14 at the time.[1]

In 2005, she traveled to the north east of England to take on then county champions, mixed doubles team Andrew Dodds and Cheryl Wigham. Konon and her partner were beaten 21-9 21–14.

In her next match she suffered a knee ligament injury at the Swedish International.[1] After this injury, in 2007, she won a gold medal in girls' doubles and a bronze medal in girls' singles at the European Junior Championships.[3] The following year she won Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse in women's singles, and qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In October 2014, the UK launched the National Badminton League. This consists of six national teams that play each other once during the season. Top national and European players were 'auctioned' off and bought by one of the six franchises, and Konon was picked to play for the University of Nottingham. In November 2014, she won her first match for the UON, beating Liz Cann 3–0.

Summer OlympicsEdit

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Konon lost in the round of sixteen to top seeded Xie Xinfang (who later won the silver medal) 21–16, 21–15. En route to the round of sixteen, she defeated Singapore's Xing Aiying, who is ranked 23 in the world, 21–19, 21–12. Later in the round of 32, she beat Slovenia's Maja Tvrdy, 21–17, 21–14.[4]

AchievementsEdit

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2007 Hermann-Neuberger-Halle, Völklingen, Germany   Karina Jorgensen 14–21, 18–21   Bronze

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Hermann-Neuberger-Halle,
Völklingen, Germany
  Kristina Ludikova   Joan Christiansen
  Line Damkjaer Kruse
21–14, 21–17   Gold
2005 De Maaspoort,
Den Bosch, Netherlands
  Kristina Ludikova   Nina Vislova
  Olga Kozlova
5–15, 12–15   Bronze

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[5] 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.[6]

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Orleans Masters Super 100   Peter Käsbauer   Niclas Nøhr
  Sara Thygesen
19–21, 9–21   Runner-up

BWF International Challenge/Series/European CircuitEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Austrian Open   Xu Wei 20–22, 15–21   Runner-up
2016 Swedish Masters   Karin Schnaase 16–21, 22–20, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 Italian International   Natalia Koch Rohde 18–21, 21–16, 15–21   Runner-up
2015 Irish Open   Natalia Koch Rohde 21–17, 21–16   Winner
2015 Swiss International   Nichaon Jindapon 21–16, 16–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2015 Bulgarian International   Marija Ulitina 19–21, 21–16, 21–14   Winner
2015 Kharkiv International   Pornpawee Chochuwong 21–16, 21–10   Winner
2013 White Nights   Ella Diehl 21–17, 21–14   Winner
2013 Denmark International   Mette Poulsen 21–15, 21–10   Winner
2013 French International   Beatriz Corrales 18–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2011 Belgian International   Larisa Griga 21–12, 21–13   Winner
2011 Kharkiv International   Susan Egelstaff 21–9, 21–10   Winner
2011 Spanish Open   Carolina Marín 13–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2010 Italian International   Carolina Marín 22–20, 21–14   Winner
2010 Norwegian International   Larisa Griga 21–17, 21–7   Winner
2008 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Susan Hughes 21–18, 21–12   Winner
2007 White Nights   Kanako Yonekura 11–21, 7–21   Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Czech International   Nadieżda Kostiuczyk   Elin Bergblom
  Johanna Persson
5–11, 8–11   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 KaBaL International   Peter Käsbauer   Paweł Śmiłowski
  Magdalena Świerczyńska
21–10, 21–11   Winner
2018 Portugal International   Peter Käsbauer   Lu Chen
  Li Zi-qing
21–8, 21–12   Winner
2018 Estonian International   Peter Käsbauer   Gregory Mairs
  Jenny Moore
21–14, 21–12   Winner
2017 Turkey International   Peter Käsbauer   Valeriy Atrashchenkov
  Yelyzaveta Zharka
21–18, 22–20   Winner
2009 Polish International   Michał Łogosz   Adam Cwalina
  Malgorzata Kurdelska
23–25, 21–11, 21–7   Winner
2004 Finnish International   Andrei Konakh   Vladislav Druzchenko
  Elena Nozdran
9–15, 15–11, 17–15   Winner
2003 Czech International   Andrei Konakh   Mike Beres
  Jody Patrick
15–11, 9–15, 11–15   Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series/ European Circuit tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "OLGA KONON - From Belarus to Beijing and Beyond". Badzine.net. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  2. ^ "PROJECT Road to Beijing comes to an end". Badzine.net. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  3. ^ "European Junior Championships, Individuals". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Athlete Biography: Konon Olga". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 12 August 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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