Gu Juan

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Gu Juan
Personal information
Birth name 顾娟
Country  Singapore
Born (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 27)
Dafeng, Jiangsu, China
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Coach Luan Jin
Women's Singles
Highest ranking 15 (20 December 2012)
BWF profile

Gu Juan (Chinese: 顾娟;born 26 May 1990 in Dafeng, Yancheng, Jiangsu, China) is a China born Singaporean badminton player.[1]

Career[edit]

Gu followed her father to Nanjing when she was six years old. Due to poor body constitution, her father send her to a badminton school to build up her body. Gu represented Nanjing and won a competition. She was subsequently invited to join the Beijing badminton team but withdrew after not being used to the weather conditions. Gu then further represented Nanjing in the Jiangsu sports competition and won the girls doubles and mixed doubles. Former Jiangsu badminton coach, representing the Singapore Badminton Association, scouted her and invited her to Singapore.[2]

Gu came to Singapore in 2003 under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme and became a Singapore citizen in June 2007. She left the Singapore national team to return to Shanghai for studies a year later. However, 16 months later, after the persuasion of the Singapore national badminton team's head coach, she re-joined the national team.[3] Gu was part of the Singapore women's team who won the silver medal at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games held in Thailand. In 2012, Gu was selected as Singapore's only Olympic women's singles player for the 2012 Summer Olympics Games by the Singapore Badminton Association, ahead of Southeast Asian Games women's singles champion Fu Mingtian.[4]

Achievements[edit]

BWF World Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2007 Waitakere Trusts Stadium, Waitakere City, New Zealand China Wang Lin 14–21, 14–21 Bronze Bronze

Asia Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2007 Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Liu Xin 7–21, 21–15, 16–21 Silver Silver

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

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

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2013 Dutch Open Thailand Busanan Ongbumrungpan 12–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Masters India Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 17–21, 21–17, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2011 Singapore International Singapore Xing Aiying 10–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 New Zealand International Japan Sayaka Sato 14–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Vietnam International South Korea Lee Hyun-jin 19–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Banuinvest International Japan Hitomi Oka 23–25, 21–15, 4–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Waikato International Singapore Fu Mingtian 14–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Croatian International Singapore Zhang Beiwen China Cai Jiani
China Guo Xin
21–15, 6–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Record Against Selected Opponents[edit]

Record against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gu Juan". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "明星信息". 2012.sina.com.cn (in Chinese). Sina Corp. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Out to make the most of her Olympic stop". www.asiaone.com. AsiaOne. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "羽球/羽球女單傳捷報 鄭韶婕拍落顧娟晉級前8強". www.nownews.com (in Chinese). NOWnews. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Juan Gu Head to Head". www.tournamentsoftware.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 8 February 2012.