Sung Ji-hyun

Sung Ji-hyun (Korean성지현; Hanja成池鉉; born 29 July 1991) is a South Korean badminton player from Seoul.[1][2] She competed at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Asian Games, also at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[3]

Sung Ji-hyun
TOTAL BWF World Champs 2015 Day 2 Sung Ji Hyun.jpg
Personal information
Birth nameSung Ji-hyun
CountrySouth Korea
Born (1991-07-29) 29 July 1991 (age 29)[1]
Seoul, South Korea
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight56 kg (123 lb; 8.8 st)[1]
Years active2009
Women's singles
Career record380 wins, 203 losses
Highest ranking2 (16 March 2017)
Current ranking14 (17 March 2020)
BWF profile
Sung Ji-hyun
Revised RomanizationSeong Jihyeon
McCune–ReischauerSŏng Chihyŏn
Sung at the 2015 BWF World Championships
Sung Ji-hyun against An Se-young in the semi-final of 2019 Chinese Taipei Open

Early life and educationEdit

Sung went into badminton following the path of her parents Sung Han-kook and Kim Yun-ja who both competed internationally in the 1980s.[4]


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.[2]

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.[5]


BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Carolina Marín 17–21, 21–15, 16–21   Bronze

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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

Summer UniversiadeEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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,[6] 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.[7]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
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.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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 Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (10 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

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

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists. Accurate as of 12 March 2020.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "SUNG Jihyun - Biography". 2009 Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b "SUNG Ji Hyun". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ "SUNG Jihyun". Incheon 2014 official website. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  4. ^ Hearn, Don. "SUNG JI HYUN – Carrying on a Family Tradition". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Korea wins Sudirman Cup badminton final on Gold Coast". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  6. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Ji Hyun Sung Head to Head". Retrieved 20 February 2020.

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