|Born||29 July 1991|
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb; 8.8 st)|
|Career record||350 Wins , 179 Losses|
|Highest ranking||2 (16 March 2017)|
|Current ranking||11 (29 January 2019)|
|Revised Romanization||Seong Jihyeon|
Early life and education
She won the Korea Grand Prix Gold title in 2011. Unlike most South Korean badminton players Sung has focused on singles and in December 2011 she received a career high ranking of number seven in the world in that discipline.
In 2012, Sung's performance at Super Series was progressingly better, with semi final performance in Indonesia Open, Singapore Open and Japan Open. She was seeded 8th at the Olympics 2012. However, her lackluster performance in the Olympics 2012 saw her failing to make past the group match, losing to Yip Pui Yin. She defended her title Korea Grand Prix Gold title at the end of the year.
Sung won her first Super Series Premier title early in 2013 at her hometown, the Korea Open. This propelled her ranking up to world no.5, the highest of her career. Sung reached semi final at the All England, losing to the eventual winner Tine Baun in an exciting match lasted for 76 minutes, 22-24, 21-19, 19-21. She later won the 2013 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold against Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 21–9. Then, she reached the finals of 2013 Denmark Super Series Premier losing to Wang Yihan in 21–16, 18–21, 20–22. In 2013 Korea Open Grand Prix Gold, she went up against compatriot Bae Youn-joo and she was beaten in 3 sets 21–19, 15–21, 21–9.
In 2014 German Open Grand Prix Gold, She went on to the finals. Sayaka Takahashi won 21–17, 8–21, 21–12. In 2014 Badminton Asia Championships, she became the first South Korean in 10 years to win the title, beating 1st seeded Wang Shixian 21-19, 21-15. In 2014 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold, she won 21–13, 21–18 against Liu Xin. She qualified for the Dubai 2014 BWF Super Series Masters Finals and lost to Tai Tzu-ying in the final, 17-21, 12-21
She won the 2015 German Open Grand Prix Gold beating Carolina Marin 21-15, 14-21, 21-6. In 2017, she helped the South Korean national team to win the world team championships at the 2017 Sudirman Cup.
BWF World Championships
|2015||Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia||Carolina Marín||17–21, 21–15, 16–21||Bronze|
|2018||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Chen Yufei||12–21, 13–21||Bronze|
|2016||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Li Xuerui||20–22, 11–21||Bronze|
|2014||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea||Wang Shixian||21–19, 21–15||Gold|
|2015||Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center, Hwasun, South Korea||Porntip Buranaprasertsuk||21–18, 21–19||Gold|
|2013||Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia||Tai Tzu-ying||21–16, 29–27||Gold|
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
|2017||Indonesia Open||Sayaka Sato||13–21, 21–17, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2016||Dubai World Superseries Finals||Tai Tzu-ying||14–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2016||Korea Open||Akane Yamaguchi||22–20, 15–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Korea Open||Wang Yihan||21–14, 17–21, 21–18||Winner|
|2014||Dubai World Superseries Finals||Tai Tzu-ying||17–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2013||Denmark Open||Wang Yihan||21–16, 18–21, 20–22||Runner-up|
|2013||Korea Open||Wang Shixian||21–12, 22–20||Winner|
|2010||Korea Open||Wang Shixian||10–21, 23–25||Runner-up|
BWF Grand Prix
|2016||Korea Masters||Lee Jang-mi||21–8, 21–10||Winner|
|2016||New Zealand Open||Aya Ohori||21–15, 21–17||Winner|
|2016||Syed Modi International||Sayaka Sato||12–21, 21–18, 21–18||Winner|
|2015||Thailand Open||Liang Xiaoyu||21–17, 22–24, 21–8||Winner|
|2015||German Open||Carolina Marín||21–15, 14–21, 21–6||Winner|
|2014||Chinese Taipei Open||Liu Xin||21–13, 21–18||Winner|
|2014||German Open||Sayaka Takahashi||17–21, 21–8, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2013||Korea Masters||Bae Yeon-ju||19–21, 21–15, 9–21||Runner-up|
|2013||Chinese Taipei Open||Tai Tzu-ying||21–16, 21–9||Winner|
|2012||Korea Masters||Aprilla Yuswandari||21–10, 21–10||Winner|
|2011||Korea Masters||Han Li||21–18, 21–16||Winner|
|2011||Chinese Taipei Open||Ratchanok Intanon||22–20, 21–14||Winner|
|2011||Swiss Open||Saina Nehwal||13–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
Record against selected opponents
Singles results against Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents - as of 4 August 2018:
- Petya Nedelcheva 2–1
- Linda Zechiri 4–1
- Chen Yufei 1–4
- He Bingjiao 3–2
- Jiang Yanjiao 3–1
- Li Xuerui 1–13
- Liu Xin 2–2
- Wang Shixian 5–7
- Wang Xin 3–4
- Wang Yihan 3–12
- Yao Xue 1–0
- Wang Lin 1–1
- Cheng Shao-chieh 2–0
- Tai Tzu-ying 9–17
- Tine Baun 1–6
- Pi Hongyan 1–2
- Delphine Lansac 1–0
- Juliane Schenk 3–4
- Yip Pui Yin 8–3
- Zhou Mi 1–1
- Lindaweni Fanetri 5–1
- Saina Nehwal 2–8
- P. V. Sindhu 5–7
- Eriko Hirose 7–0
- Sayaka Sato 13–2
- Minatsu Mitani 7–1
- Shizuka Uchida 1–0
- Nozomi Okuhara 4–3
- Akane Yamaguchi 5–5
- Bae Youn-joo 3–4
- Wong Mew Choo 1–0
- Sara Blengsli Kværnø 1–0
- Liang Xiaoyu 4–0
- Carolina Marín 1–7
- Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 9–3
- Ratchanok Inthanon 10–8
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