Sung Ji-hyun (Korean: 성지현; Hanja: 成池鉉; born 29 July 1991) is a South Korean badminton player from Seoul. She competed at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Asian Games, also at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
|Birth name||Sung Ji-hyun|
|Born||29 July 1991|
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb; 8.8 st)|
|Career record||380 wins, 203 losses|
|Highest ranking||2 (16 March 2017)|
|Current ranking||14 (17 March 2020)|
|Revised Romanization||Seong Jihyeon|
Early life and educationEdit
She won the Korea Grand Prix Gold title in 2011. Unlike most South Korean badminton players Sung has focused on singles and in December 2011 she received a career high ranking of number seven in the world in that discipline.
In 2012, Sung's performance at Super Series was progressingly better, with semi final performance in Indonesia Open, Singapore Open and Japan Open. She was seeded 8th at the 2012 Olympics. However, her lackluster performance in the Olympics saw her failing to make past the group match, losing to Yip Pui Yin. She defended her title Korea Grand Prix Gold title at the end of the year.
Sung won her first Super Series Premier title early in 2013 at her hometown, the Korea Open. This propelled her ranking up to world no.5, the highest of her career. Sung reached semi final at the All England, losing to the eventual winner Tine Baun in an exciting match lasted for 76 minutes, 22–24, 21–19, 19–21. She later won the 2013 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold against Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 21–9. Then, she reached the finals of 2013 Denmark Super Series Premier losing to Wang Yihan in 21–16, 18–21, 20–22. In 2013 Korea Open Grand Prix Gold, she went up against compatriot Bae Youn-joo and she was beaten in 3 sets 21–19, 15–21, 21–9.
In 2014 German Open Grand Prix Gold, She went on to the finals. Sayaka Takahashi won 21–17, 8–21, 21–12. In 2014 Badminton Asia Championships, she became the first South Korean in 10 years to win the title, beating 1st seeded Wang Shixian 21–19, 21–15. In 2014 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold, she won 21–13, 21–18 against Liu Xin. She qualified for the Dubai 2014 BWF Super Series Masters Finals and lost to Tai Tzu-ying in the final by 17–21, 12–21.
She won the 2015 German Open Grand Prix Gold beating Carolina Marin 21–15, 14–21, 21–6. In 2017, she helped the South Korean national team to win the world team championships at the 2017 Sudirman Cup.
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|2015||Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia||Carolina Marín||17–21, 21–15, 16–21||Bronze|
|2014||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea||Wang Shixian||21–19, 21–15||Gold|
|2016||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Li Xuerui||20–22, 11–21||Bronze|
|2018||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Chen Yufei||12–21, 13–21||Bronze|
|2013||Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia||Tai Tzu-ying||21–16, 29–27||Gold|
|2015||Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center, Hwasun, South Korea||Porntip Buranaprasertsuk||21–18, 21–19||Gold|
BWF World Tour (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, 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.
|2019||Chinese Taipei Open||Super 300||Michelle Li||21–11, 21–9||Winner|
|2019||Korea Masters||Super 300||An Se-young||13–21, 17–21||Runner-up|
BWF Superseries (2 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
|2010||Korea Open||Wang Shixian||10–21, 23–25||Runner-up|
|2013||Korea Open||Wang Shixian||21–12, 22–20||Winner|
|2013||Denmark Open||Wang Yihan||21–16, 18–21, 20–22||Runner-up|
|2014||Dubai World Superseries Finals||Tai Tzu-ying||17–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Korea Open||Wang Yihan||21–14, 17–21, 21–18||Winner|
|2016||Korea Open||Akane Yamaguchi||22–20, 15–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2016||Dubai World Superseries Finals||Tai Tzu-ying||14–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Indonesia Open||Sayaka Sato||13–21, 21–17, 14–21||Runner-up|
BWF Grand Prix (10 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit
|2011||Swiss Open||Saina Nehwal||13–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2011||Chinese Taipei Open||Ratchanok Intanon||22–20, 21–14||Winner|
|2011||Korea Masters||Han Li||21–18, 21–16||Winner|
|2012||Korea Masters||Aprilla Yuswandari||21–10, 21–10||Winner|
|2013||Chinese Taipei Open||Tai Tzu-ying||21–16, 21–9||Winner|
|2013||Korea Masters||Bae Yeon-ju||19–21, 21–15, 9–21||Runner-up|
|2014||German Open||Sayaka Takahashi||17–21, 21–8, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2014||Chinese Taipei Open||Liu Xin||21–13, 21–18||Winner|
|2015||German Open||Carolina Marín||21–15, 14–21, 21–6||Winner|
|2015||Thailand Open||Liang Xiaoyu||21–17, 22–24, 21–8||Winner|
|2016||Syed Modi International||Sayaka Sato||12–21, 21–18, 21–18||Winner|
|2016||New Zealand Open||Aya Ohori||21–15, 21–17||Winner|
|2016||Korea Masters||Lee Jang-mi||21–8, 21–10||Winner|
Record against selected opponentsEdit
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