Sung Ji-hyun

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Sung Ji-hyun
Personal information
Country  South Korea
Born (1991-07-29) July 29, 1991 (age 23)[1]
Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 56 kg (123 lb; 8.8 st)[1]
Years active 2009
Handedness Right
Women's Singles
Highest ranking 4 (October 24, 2013)
Current ranking 5 (March 12, 2015)
BWF profile
Sung Ji-hyun
Hangul 성지현
Revised Romanization Seong Jihyeon
McCune–Reischauer Sŏng Chihyŏn
This is a Korean name; the family name is Sung.

Sung Ji-hyun (born July 29, 1991) is a badminton player from South Korea.[1][2]

Sung Ji-hyun went into badminton following the path of her parents Sung Han-kook and Kim Yun-ja who both competed internationally in the 1980s.[3]

She won the Korea Grand Prix Gold title in 2011. Unlike most 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 Olympics 2012. However, her lackluster performance in the Olympics 2012 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 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, 17-21, 12-21

She won the 2015 German Open Grand Prix Gold beating Carolina Marin 21-15, 14-21, 21-6

Record Against Selected Opponents[edit]

Singles results against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "SUNG Jihyun - Biography". 2009 Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "SUNG Ji Hyun". tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  3. ^ Hearn, Don. "SUNG JI HYUN – Carrying on a Family Tradition". Badzine.net. Retrieved 2012-01-24.