Lee Hyo-jung

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Lee Hyo-jung
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Personal information
Birth name 이효정
Country  South Korea
Born (1981-01-13) January 13, 1981 (age 37)
Busan, South Korea
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Years active 1999-2010
Handedness Right
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking 4 (WD)
1 (XD)
Current ranking Retired
BWF profile

Lee Hyo-jung (Hangul: 이효정, Hanja: 李孝貞; Korean pronunciation: [i.ɦjo.dʑʌŋ]; born January 13, 1981 in Busan) is a badminton player from South Korea.

She won the gold medal in badminton mixed doubles at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with her partner, Lee Yong-dae. Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae were unseeded, and in the finals they beat the top seeds and 2005 and 2007 world champions Lilyana Natsir and Nova Widianto of Indonesia, 21-11, 21-17.

Lee Hyo-jung also won the silver medal in badminton women's doubles at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with her partner, Lee Kyung-won; they were seeded fourth and lost to the second-seeded Chinese pair, Du Jing and Yu Yang.

Lee became the first woman in Korean history to win gold medals at both the Olympics and the Asian Games. In the 2010 Asian Games, she partnered with Shin Baek-cheol instead of her usual partner, Lee Yong-dae. After winning the medal, she announced her retirement despite many pleas from her coaches and fans at home to continue playing until the London Olympics in 2012.

Career[edit]

In 1998, Lee who attended the Haksan Girls' High School won the girls' singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events at the German Junior tournament. She was competed at the World and Asian Junior Championships. At the World Junior, she partnered with Jun Woul-sik in the girls' doubles and Choi Min-ho in the mixed doubles, captured the bronze and silver medals respectively.[1] She and Jun also won the silver medal at the Asian Junior.[2] Lee junior competed in some international senior (level 4) tournamant, and won double titles at the Korea and Sri Lanka International, also women's doubles title at the Hungarian, Australian and Norwegian International tournaments.

In 2000, Lee won the Asian Championships in the women's doubles event with her partner Yim Kyung-jin.[3] At the aged of 19, Lee competed at the Sydney Olympics in the women's doubles with Yim and in the mixed doubles with Lee Dong-soo. She and Yim defeated in the second round, while with Lee Dong-soo defeated in the first round.[4][5]

In 2002, she finished as the runners-up at the Chinese Taipei and Singapore Open in the women's doubles event with Hwang Yu-mi. In 2003, she and Hwang also the runner-up at the Thailand and Chinese Taipei Open. In the mixed doubles event, Lee who was teamed-up with Kim Yong-hyun achieved their best result by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Championships. In 2004, Lee competed for Korea at the Summer Olympics in women's and mixed doubles with partner Hwang Yu-mi and Kim Yong-hyun.[6] Lee and Hwang had a bye in the first round and defeated Cheng Wen-Hsing and Chien Yu Chin of Chinese Taipei in the second. In the quarterfinals, Lee and Hwang lost to Zhao Tingting and Wei Yili of China 8–15, 15–6, 15–13. In the mixed doubles event, Lee and Kim were seeded three, but the pairs defeat by the Danish pair in the second round in the rubber game.

In 2008, Lee won her first All England Open Championship title in women's doubles with partner Lee Kyung-won, beating Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen in the semifinals and Du Jing and Yu Yang in the final. In August, She and Lee Yong-dae won mixed doubles gold medals in Beijing Olympics, beating Lilyana Natsir and Nova Widianto of Indonesia and also with Lee Kyung-won grabbed the silver medal in the women's doubles event. In 2009, Lee and Lee Yong-dae became world number one. They won three titles: Korea Open Super Series, Asian Badminton Championship, and China Open Super Series. They also played for Korea in Sudirman Cup in May. In the final, Korea lost to China 0-3. Lee and Lee were defeated by the Chinese pair, Zheng Bo and Yu Yang.

In 2010, Lee competed in the 2010 Uber Cup as a member of the South Korean women's national team. There she led her team to its first Uber Cup trophy, winning all 4 doubles matches she competed in through the tourney. In the finals, she and her partner Kim Min-jung won against WR #1 Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli, beating them 18–21, 21–12, 21–15. Although Lee and Kim were not regular partners and Lee Hyo-Jung stopped playing WD regularly in international games, Lee played exceptionally well, proving why she was the most successful player in the 2008 Olympics, winning both gold and silver medals. In June, Lee continued on playing women's doubles with Kim Min-jung, winning the Indonesia Open and the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold, and finishing as a runner-up in the Singapore Open. While waiting for Lee Yong-dae to recover from his injury, she played mixed doubles with Shin Baek-cheol.

In August, Lee partnered again with Lee Yong-dae in the Kumpoo Macau Open Badminton Championships, Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold, and World Championship, but their best finish was reaching the quarterfinals in the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix. They were hit with Lee Hyo Jung's back injury and Lee Yong-dae getting used to playing again after rehab and possibly not fully recovering from the previous injury. Due to these reasons, the head coach of the Korea Badminton Team was quoted as saying that Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae had not had sufficient time to practice together. Lee Yong-dae decided to stop playing mixed doubles altogether, possibly due to the strain on his injured elbow from playing both men's and mixed doubles. In November, Lee Hyo-jung entered Asian Games in three games total: women's, mixed, and team event. In the women's doubles and team event, she won bronze medals. However, in mixed doubles, she partnered with Shin Baek-cheol, with whom she had previously played only two tournaments, but they still managed to win against two Chinese pairs (Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, He Han Bin and Ma Jin) at their home court, becoming the first woman in Korean history to win both Olympic and Asian Game gold medals.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium,
Beijing, China
South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
15–21, 13–21 Silver Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium,
Beijing, China
South Korea Lee Yong-dae Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–11, 21–17 Gold Gold

BWF World Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Arrowhead Pond,
Anaheim, United States
South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
4–15, 3–15 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium,
Hyderabad, India
South Korea Lee Yong-dae Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
21–18, 9–21, 18–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Games[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium,
Guangzhou, China
South Korea Kim Min-jung China Tian Qing
China Zhao Yunlei
9–21, 12–21 Bronze Bronze
2006 Aspire Hall 3,
Doha, Qatar
South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
16–21, 12–21 Bronze Bronze
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium,
Busan, South Korea
South Korea Hwang Yu-mi China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
2–11, 9–11 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium,
Guangzhou, China
South Korea Shin Baek-cheol China Zhang Nan
China Zhao Yunlei
21–19, 21–14 Gold Gold

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Suwon Indoor Stadium,
Suwon, South Korea
South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Ma Jin
China Wang Xiaoli
11–21, 18–21 Silver Silver
2008 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
South Korea Lee Kyung-won Chinese Taipei Chien Yu-chin
Chinese Taipei Cheng Wen-hsing
18–21, 5–21 Bronze Bronze
2005 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium,
Hyderabad, India
South Korea Lee Kyung-won Japan Kumiko Ogura
Japan Reiko Shiota
15–13, 8–15, 15–5 Gold Gold
2004 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
6–15, 15–11, 15–7 Gold Gold
2003 Senayan Indoor Stadium,
Jakarta, Indonesia
South Korea Hwang Yu-mi South Korea Ra Kyung-min
South Korea Lee Kyung-won
9–15, 7–15 Silver Silver
2000 Senayan Indoor Stadium,
Jakarta, Indonesia
South Korea Yim Kyung-jin Indonesia Eti Tantri
Indonesia Minarti Timur
15–8, 15–13 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Suwon Indoor Stadium,
Suwon, South Korea
South Korea Lee Yong-dae South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Kim Min-jung
21–12, 21–15 Gold Gold
2005 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium,
Hyderabad, India
South Korea Lee Jae-jin Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
11–15, 17–14, 10–15 Silver Silver
2003 Senayan Indoor Stadium,
Jakarta, Indonesia
South Korea Kim Yong-hyun Indonesia Anggun Nugroho
Indonesia Eny Widiowati
13–15, 8–15 Bronze Bronze

World Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Sports and Aquatic Centre,
Melbourne, Australia
South Korea Jun Woul-sik China Feng Chen
China Pan Pan
16–17, 1–15 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Sports and Aquatic Centre,
Melbourne, Australia
South Korea Choi Min-ho Malaysia Chan Chong Ming
Malaysia Joanne Quay
6–15, 10–15 Silver Silver

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia South Korea Jun Woul-sik China Gong Ruina
China Huang Sui
13–15, 8–15 Silver Silver

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[7] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011,[8] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Indonesia Open South Korea Kim Min-jung Chinese Taipei Cheng Wen-hsing
Chinese Taipei Chien Yu-chin
21–12, 12–21, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Singapore Open South Korea Kim Min-jung Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari
Singapore Yao Lei
17–21, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
11–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Korea Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won Chinese Taipei Cheng Wen-hsing
Chinese Taipei Chien Yu-chin
19–21, 8–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Malaysia Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–15, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 All England Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Du Jing
China Yu Yang
12–21, 21–18, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Denmark Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Yang Wei
China Zhang Jiewen
21–12, 19–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Zhao Tingting
China Yang Wei
15–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 China Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae China Zheng Bo
China Ma Jin
21–18, 15–21, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Indonesia Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae China Zheng Bo
China Ma Jin
17–21, 21–8, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae China Zheng Bo
China Ma Jin
16–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Korea Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae Thailand Songphon Anugritayawon
Thailand Kunchala Voravichitchaikul
21–8, 21–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Malaysia Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir
14–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Hong Kong Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae China Xie Zhongbo
China Zhang Yawen
14–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 China Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae China Xu Chen
China Zhao Yunlei
21–16, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Korea Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae Indonesia Flandy Limpele
Indonesia Vita Marissa
15–21, 21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Malaysia Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae China He Hanbin
China Yu Yang
14–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae Indonesia Muhammad Rijal
Indonesia Greysia Polii
14–21, 21–16, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

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. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation since 1983.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Kim Min-jung South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
South Korea Lee Kyung-won
21–14, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 German Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won Japan Miyuki Maeda
Japan Satoko Suetsuna
21–17, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Macau Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
15–21, 7–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Thailand Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
Thailand Sathinee Chankrachangwong
21–18, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Macau Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
21–17, 14–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Gao Ling
China Huang Sui
21–18, 9–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Indonesia Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won Malaysia Chin Eei Hui
Malaysia Wong Pei Tty
15–4, 15–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Thailand Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won China Zhang Dan
China Zhang Yawen
9–15, 15–11, 15–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Swiss Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won Chinese Taipei Chien Yu-chin
Chinese Taipei Cheng Wen-hsing
15–8, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Korea Open South Korea Lee Kyung-won England Gail Emms
England Donna Kellogg
Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Hwang Yu-mi South Korea Ra Kyung-min
South Korea Lee Kyung-won
9–15, 8–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Dutch Open South Korea Hwang Yu-mi South Korea Ra Kyung-min
South Korea Lee Kyung-won
4–15, 9–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Thailand Open South Korea Yim Kyung-jin China Wei Yili
China Zhao Tingting
9–11, 11–5, 6–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Singapore Open South Korea Hwang Yu-mi China Huang Nanyan
China Yang Wei
1–11, 8–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Hwang Yu-mi Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
Thailand Sathinee Chankrachangwong
11–4, 12–13, 8–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 German Open South Korea Lee Yong-dae China He Hanbin
China Yu Yang
9–21, 27–25, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Lee Jae-jin Indonesia Nova Widianto
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir
21–17, 21–23, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 China Open South Korea Lee Jae-jin England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
10–15, 10–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 German Open South Korea Lee Jae-jin England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
15–12, 17–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Malaysia Open South Korea Lee Jae-jin China Chen Qiqiu
China Zhao Tingting
15–12, 15–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Thailand Open South Korea Lee Jae-jin Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
15–12, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Korea Open South Korea Lee Jae-jin Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Mette Schjoldager
17–14, 15–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Malaysia Open South Korea Kim Yong-hyun China Zhang Jun
China Gao Ling
2–15, 11–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 All England Open South Korea Kim Yong-hyun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
8–15, 15–17 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Korea Open South Korea Kim Yong-hyun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
5–15, 11–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Denmark Open South Korea Kim Yong-hyun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
16–17, 10–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Dutch Open South Korea Kim Yong-hyun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
4–15, 2–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Swiss Open South Korea Kim Yong-hyun Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Mette Schjoldager
7–11, 11–9, 5–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 Korea Open South Korea Kim Yong-hyun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
5–11, 4–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series/Satellite[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Korea International South Korea Lee Kyung-won South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
19–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1999 Norwegian International South Korea Yim Kyung-jin South Korea Jung Yeon-kyung
South Korea Kim So-yeon
15–7, 15–3 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Australian International South Korea Ra Kyung-min South Korea Chung Jae-hee
South Korea Yim Kyung-jin
17–16, 6–15, 15–3 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Hungarian International South Korea Yim Kyung-jin South Korea Jung Yeon-kyung
South Korea Kim So-yeon
15–9, 15–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Sri Lanka International South Korea Jun Woul-sik India Madhumita Bisht
India Sindhu Gulati
15–10, 15–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Korea International South Korea Jun Woul-sik South Korea Choi Young-eun
South Korea Lee Ji-sun
15–5, 15–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Korea International South Korea Lee Yong-dae South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Ha Jung-eun
21–14, 15–21, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Hungarian International South Korea Yim Bang-eun South Korea Kim Yong-hyun
South Korea Yim Kyung-jin
15–5, 9–15, 3–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1998 Sri Lanka International South Korea Choi Min-ho South Korea Jung Sung-gyun
South Korea Jun Woul-sik
15–13, 17–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Korea International South Korea Choi Min-ho Malaysia Norhasikin Amin
Malaysia Pang Cheh Chang
15–8, 15–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

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