Bang Soo-hyun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Bang.
Bang Soo-Hyun
Personal information
Country  South Korea
Born September 13, 1972(1972-09-13)
Seoul, South Korea
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest ranking 1
BWF profile

Bang Soo-Hyun (Hangul: 방수현, Hanja: 方銖賢) (born September 13, 1972 in Seoul) is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti and China's Ye Zhaoying and recorded wins over both in major badminton tournaments. Noted for a style that combined impressive power and movement, she retired from competition after her victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, shortly before her 24th birthday.

Career[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Barcelona 1992[edit]

Bang competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's singles. She had a bye in the first round, defeated Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden in the second and Hisuko Mizui of Japan in the third. In quarterfinals Bang Soo-hyun edged Sarwendah Kusumawardhani of Indonesia 11-2, 3-11, 12-11 to advance to the semifinals. There, she beat the reigning world champion Tang Jiuhong of China 11-3, 11-2. In the final, she lost to Indonesia's Susi Susanti 11-5, 5-11, 3-11 to finish with the silver medal.

Atlanta 1996[edit]

Bang also competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She won the gold medal in women's singles without dropping a game in any match, defeating Susi Susanti in semifinals 11-9, 11-8, and Mia Audina in the final, 11-6, 11-7.

World Championships[edit]

She won two medals in the IBF World Championships, in 1993 a silver medal as runner-up to Susanti, and in 1995 a bronze medal.

Other championships[edit]

Bang won the quadrennial Asian Games in 1994, and the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships over Ye Zhaoying in 1996, having been a runner-up in close matches in both 1992 and 1993. Her other titles included the Welsh (1989), Hong Kong (1992), Korea (1993, 1994, 1996), Swedish (1993, 1994), and Canadian (1995) Opens.

Titles[edit]

Singles[edit]

Outcome Event Year Venue Opponent in the final Score in the final
Olympics
1 Singles 1996 United States Atlanta, United States Indonesia Mia Audina 11-6, 11-7
2 Singles 1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain Indonesia Susi Susanti 11-5, 5-11, 3-11
World Championships
2 Singles 1993 England Birmingham, England Indonesia Susi Susanti 11-7, 9-11, 3-11
3 Singles 1995 Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland
Asian Games
1 Singles 1994 Japan Hiroshima, Japan Japan Hisako Mizui 11-4, 11-6
All England Open
1 Singles 1996 England Birmingham, England China Ye Zhaoying 11-1, 11-1
2 Singles 1993 England London, England Indonesia Susi Susanti 11-4, 4-11, 1-11
2 Singles 1992 England London, England China Tang Jiuhong 12-9, 10-12, 1-11
Other Open Tournaments
1 Singles 1996 South Korea Korea Open China Yao Yan 11-3, 11-0
1 Singles 1995 Canada Canadian Open South Korea Ra Kyung-min 11-0, 11-7
1 Singles 1994 Hong Kong Hong Kong Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 11-7, 11-6
1 Singles 1994 Sweden Swedish Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 6-11, 11-5, 11-3
1 Singles 1994 South Korea Korea Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 11-5, 11-5
1 Singles 1993 Sweden Swedish Open South Korea Lee Heung-soon 11-2, 11-6
1 Singles 1993 South Korea Korea Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 12-9, 11-5
1 Singles 1992 Hong Kong Hong Kong Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 5-11, 11-6, 11-7

Record Against Selected Opponents[edit]

Includes results against World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.

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