Renuga Veeran

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Renuga Veeran
Personal information
Birth name Renuga Vithi Veeran
Country  Australia
Born (1986-06-20) 20 June 1986 (age 31)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Handedness Right
Women's
Highest ranking 77 (WS) 17 June 2010
26 (WD) 22 September 2011
40 (XD) 5 August 2010
BWF profile

Renuga Veeran (born 20 June 1986) is an Australian badminton player. She has represented both Malaysia and Australia internationally as a badminton player. As part of the Australian Olympic Team,[1] she paired with Leanne Choo and reached the quarter-finals in the women's doubles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal[edit]

Veeran, nicknamed Nunu and Nuges, was born on 20 June 1986 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2][3] Her mother, father and brother (Raj Veeran) all played badminton, representing Malaysia in international competitions.[3]

Veeran is an ethnic Tamilian, and speaks Tamil fluently. She gave an interview in Tamil language to the Australian Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Tamil Radio a week after returning from the London Olympics. Veeran stated in the interview that she was warmly received by the Prime Minister of Australia on her return to Sydney from the games.

Veeran is 165 centimetres (65 in) tall and weighs 61 kilograms (134 lb).[3] She is right handed.[2]

Veeran attended primary school at Sekolah Rendah Kepong in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3] She moved to Australia when she was sixteen years old.[2][3] She attended Leichhardt High School in the Sydney suburbs for high school.[3] She earned a Bachelor of Business in Applied Economics and International Trade from Victoria University, attending from 2007 to 2009. As of 2012, she lived in Melbourne, Victoria.[2][3]

Badminton[edit]

Veeran started playing badminton when she was six years old.[2] She represents Badminton Australia on the club level,[3] and is coached by Ricky Yu, who became her coach in 2008.[3] She trains in Melbourne.[3] Her highest world ranking in the women's doubles was 26th in December 2011.[2] Her highest mixed doubles world ranking was 40th.[2] Her world doubles ranking as of January 2012 was 30th.[2] She has held several Australasia region top female player rankings, including being first in the ladies singles, ladies doubles and mixed doubles to hold the top spots at the same time.[3] The year she moved to Australia, she became the number one ranked badminton player in the country when she was sixteen years old.[2][3]

Malaysian national team[edit]

Veeran represented Malaysia as a member of their junior national team on the World Juniors level.[2][3]

Australian national team[edit]

As of 2012, Veeran has been a member of the Australian national team for six years.[3] As a member of the national team, she is based at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.[4] She has represented Australia as a member of the national team at several different competitions including the 2010 Uber Cup, the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2011 Sudirman Cup.[2] Her women's doubles team which included London bound team mate Leanne Choo finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games.[3] She also competed in the mixed doubles event and team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games with her brother Raj, finished 17th in the individual event and fifth in the mixed team event.[3]

Veeran finished 17th in the doubles competition at the 2012 Thomas & Uber Cup held in Wuhan, China.[3] At the Thomas Cup, Veeran and Choo lost to South Koreans Kim Min-Jung and Ha Jung-Eun with set scores of 21–15 and 21–10.[5] She finished 5th in the doubles competition at the 2012 Air Tahiti Nui International Challenge held in Punaauia, French Polynesia.[3] She finished 17th in the doubles competition at the 2012 Yonex Australian Open Grand Prix Gold held in Sydney, Australia.[3] She finished 1st in the doubles competition at the 2012 Oceania Championships, and also in the doubles competition at the 2012 Oceania Team Championships, both held in Ballarat, Australia.[3] She finished 1st in the doubles competition at the 2012 Uber Cup Preliminaries – Oceania held in Ballarat, Australia. She finished 2nd in the doubles competition at the 2012 Thomas Cup Preliminaries – Oceania held in Ballarat, Australia.[3]

Veeran was in Australia's badminton team for the 2012 Summer Olympics,[6][7][8] making her Olympic debut as a 26-year-old.[3] Going into the Olympics, as a doubles team, Veeran and Choo were ranked 35th in the world.[3] During the qualifying process, their ranking peaked at 26th.[3]

Achievements[edit]

Oceania Championships[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Eastlink Badminton Stadium,
Hamilton, New Zealand
Australia Leanne Choo Australia Setyana Mapasa
Australia Gronya Somerville
14–21, 20–22 Silver Silver
2014 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Ballarat, Australia
Australia Tang Hetian Australia Jacinta Joe
Australia Louisa Ma
Walkover Bronze Bronze
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Ballarat, Australia
Australia Leanne Choo Australia Ann-Louise Slee
Australia Eugenia Tanaka
21–16, 21–13 Gold Gold

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
2014 New Zealand Open Australia Tang Hetian Japan Shizuka Matsuo
Japan Mami Naito
21–13, 10–21, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2009 Victorian International Australia Leisha Cooper 21–15, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 North Harbour International Australia Leanne Choo New Zealand Sally Fu
New Zealand Susannah Leydon-Davis
21–6, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International Australia Leanne Choo Canada Rachel Honderich
Canada Kristen Tsai
12–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Maribyrnong International Australia Tang Hetian Chinese Taipei Chiang Mei-hui
Indonesia Setyana Mapasa
21–19, 25–23 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Italian International Australia Tang Hetian Netherlands Eefje Muskens
Netherlands Selena Piek
10–21, 8–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Welsh International Australia Tang Hetian Indonesia Keshya Nurvita Hanadia
Indonesia Devi Tika Permatasari
21–15, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Victorian International Malaysia Sannatasah Saniru Thailand Ruethaichanok Laisuan
Thailand Narissapat Lam
15–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Auckland International England Tracey Hallam Vietnam Lê Thu Huyền
Vietnam Phạm Như Thảo
21–14, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Victorian International Australia Leanne Choo Indonesia Keshya Nurvita Hanadia
Indonesia Devi Tika Permatasari
13–21, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Altona International Australia Leanne Choo New Zealand Amanda Brown
New Zealand Stephanie Cheng
21–10, 21–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Altona International Australia Tang Hetian Australia Leanne Choo
Australia Kate Wilson-Smith
21–15, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Victorian International Australia Erin Carroll New Zealand Danielle Barry
New Zealand Donna Haliday
16–21, 21–19, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Ballarat International Australia Susan Wang Australia Tania Luiz
Australia Kate Wilson-Smith
15–7, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Australian International Australia Susan Wang Malaysia Chor Hooi Yee
Malaysia Lim Pek Siah
13–15, 15–8, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Australia International Australia Susan Wang Japan Ai Hirayama
Japan Akiko Nakashima
4–15, 11–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Maribyrnong International Australia Ross Smith Malaysia Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif
Indonesia Rusdina Antardayu Riodingin
18–21, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Victorian International Australia Ross Smith Australia Robin Middleton
Australia Tang Hetian
19–21, 21–19, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Auckland International Australia Ross Smith Australia Raymond Tam
Australia Gronya Somerville
21–16, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Victorian International Australia Ross Smith Indonesia Andika Anhar
Indonesia Keshya Nurvita Hanadia
17–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Tahiti International Australia Ross Smith Canada Derrick Ng
Canada Alex Bruce
23–21, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Altona International Australia Raj Veeran Australia Glenn Warfe
Australia Kate Wilson-Smith
15–21, 21–16, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Scottish International Australia Raj Veeran Russia Alexandr Nikolaenko
Russia Valeria Sorokina
11–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Victorian International Australia Raj Veeran New Zealand Henry Tam
New Zealand Donna Haliday
21–12, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Auckland International Australia Glenn Warfe Australia Chad Whitehead
Australia Eugenia Tanaka
21–12, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "London 2012 – Renuga Veeran". London2012.olympics.com.au. 20 June 1986. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Badminton Australia: Athlete Profiles". Badminton.org.au. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  5. ^ "China defeat England 5–0 in Wuhan". 7M sport. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Australian Olympic badminton team named". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Aussies name badminton line-up — ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
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