Gronya Somerville

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Gronya Somerville
Friendly match Australia and Indonesia 2016 - Gronya Somerville (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Birth nameGronya Somerville
Country Australia
Born (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 23)
Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking18 (WD 2 Mar 2017)
55 (XD 1 September 2016)
Current ranking22 (WD 5 April 2018)
BWF profile

Gronya Somerville (born 10 May 1995 in Melbourne) is an Australian professional badminton player specializing in doubles.[2]

Somerville partnered with Riky Widianto in Australian Embassy Jakarta in 2016

Personal life[edit]

Somerville, born to a British mother and Chinese father, became famous when it was revealed that she is the descendant of Qing dynasty a prominent political reformer, Kang Youwei.[3] She is studying exercise science at the Victoria University.[4]

Career[edit]

Somerville's skills were discovered during a badminton talent identification program which she attended after receiving a flyer from her primary school PE teacher when she was about 12 or 13.[5][6] Born in Melbourne in 1995, Somerville first captured the media's attention as a young player in 2012 at the Uber Cup in central China's Hubei Province.[3]

She won gold medals at the 2014 Oceania Badminton Championships in women's doubles and mixed team events. Her current partners are Setyana Mapasa in women's doubles and Matthew Chau in mixed doubles. She represented her country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.[7] Together with Mapasa, they managed to win Australia's first ever Grand Prix title in 2016, after winning the Canada Open.[8] They also won the Dutch Open in the same year.[9] In 2017, she and Mapasa won the women's doubles title at the Oceania Championships, and a silver in the mixed doubles event partnered with Joel Findlay.[10]

Achievements[edit]

Oceania Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Eastlink Badminton Stadium,
Hamilton, New Zealand
Australia Setyana Mapasa Australia Leanne Choo
Australia Renuga Veeran
21–14, 22–20 Gold Gold
2017 Salle Anewy,
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Australia Setyana Mapasa Australia Tiffany Ho
Australia Joy Lai
16–21, 21–18, 21–14 Gold Gold
2016 Punaauia University Hall,
Papeete, Tahiti
Australia Melinda Sun Australia Tiffany Ho
Australia Jennifer Tam
17–21, 21–19, 20–22 Silver Silver
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
Australia Leanne Choo Australia Talia Saunders
Australia Jennifer Tam
21–14, 21–11 Gold Gold
2014 Ken Kay Badminton Hall,
Ballarat, Australia
Australia Jacqueline Guan Australia Jacinta Joe
Australia Louisa Ma
21–14, 21–17 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Salle Anewy,
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Australia Joel Findlay Australia Sawan Serasinghe
Australia Setyana Mapasa
19–21, 9–21 Silver Silver
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
Australia Matthew Chau New Zealand Oliver Leydon-Davis
New Zealand Danielle Tahuri
15–21, 21–19, 14–21 Bronze Bronze
2014 Ken Kay Badminton Hall,
Ballarat, Australia
Australia Raymond Tam New Zealand Oliver Leydon-Davis
New Zealand Susannah Leydon-Davis
19–21, 19–21 Bronze Bronze
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Hall,
Ballarat, Australia
Australia Ross Smith Australia Glenn Warfe
Australia Leanne Choo
11–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

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

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Dutch Open Australia Setyana Mapasa Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
17–21, 21–17, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Canada Open Australia Setyana Mapasa England Heather Olver
England Lauren Smith
21–15, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Nouméa International Australia Setyana Mapasa Australia Tiffany Ho
Australia Joy Lai
21–11, 21–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Brazil International Australia Setyana Mapasa Japan Chisato Hoshi
Japan Naru Shinoya
13–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Italian International Australia Setyana Mapasa Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
19–21, 21–18, 6–13 Retired 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Norwegian International Australia Setyana Mapasa Denmark Amanda Madsen
Denmark Isabella Nielsen
21–5, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Sydney International Australia Setyana Mapasa Thailand Jongkongphan Kittiharakul
Thailand Rawinda Prajongjai
13–21, 5–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Maribyrnong International Australia Setyana Mapasa Australia Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen
Chinese Taipei Shu Yu-lin
20–22, 17–21, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Auckland International Australia Setyana Mapasa Chinese Taipei Pan Tzu-chin
Chinese Taipei Tsai Hsin-yu
21–9, 21–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Waikato International Australia Setyana Mapasa Australia Ruwindi Serasinghe
Australia Alice Wu
21–13, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Auckland International Australia Leanne Choo Chinese Taipei Chang Ching-hui
Chinese Taipei Chang Hsin-tien
11–6, 8–11, 10–11, 9–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Turkey International Australia Matthew Chau Poland Robert Mateusiak
Poland Nadiezda Zieba
12–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Waikato International Australia Matthew Chau Australia Sawan Serasinghe
Australia Setyana Mapasa
13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Auckland International Australia Raymond Tam Australia Ross Smith
Australia Renuga Veeran
16–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Info: Gronya Somerville". www.badmintonlink.com. BadmintonLink.info. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Players: Gronya Somerville". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Gronya Somerville: Australian Following in Footsteps of Badminton Ace Lin Dan". www.womenofchina.cn. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  4. ^ "East Brunswick badminton player Gronya Somerville chasing her Olympic dream". www.heraldsun.com.au. Herald Sun. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  5. ^ "'Next badminton icon': Australia's Gronya Somerville to take on world's best". www.northweststar.com.au. The North West Star. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Gronya Somerville: Courting success in sport and in life". www.australiaplus.com. Australia Plus. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Commonwealth Games Team Announced". www.badminton.org.au. Badminton Australia. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Canada Open 2016 Finals – 1 takes 3rd, 3 take 1st". www.badzine.net. Badzine.net. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Mapasa and Somerville Win Second GP Title at Dutch Open". www.badminton.org.au. Badminton Australia. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  10. ^ "New Zealand, Australia Dominate Finals". websites.sportstg.com. Badminton Oceania. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

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