An Se-young
안세영
Personal information
CountrySouth Korea
Born (2002-02-05) 5 February 2002 (age 21)
Gwangju, South Korea
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachSung Ji-hyun
Women's singles
Career record271 wins, 57 losses
Highest ranking1 (1 August 2023)
Current ranking1 (2 January 2024)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  South Korea
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2023 Copenhagen Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Tokyo Women's singles
Sudirman Cup
Silver medal – second place 2023 Suzhou Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Vantaa Mixed team
Uber Cup
Gold medal – first place 2022 Bangkok Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Bangkok Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Aarhus Women's team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Hangzhou Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2022 Hangzhou Women's team
Asian Championships
Silver medal – second place 2023 Dubai Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Manila Women's singles
Asia Team Championships
Silver medal – second place 2020 Manila Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Alor Setar Women's team
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Yogyakarta Mixed team
Asian Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Jakarta Mixed team
BWF profile

An Se-young (Korean안세영; Hanja安洗瑩; born 5 February 2002) is a South Korean badminton player from Gwangju, who was named 2019’s Most Promising Player of the Year and 2023's Female Player of the Year by the BWF.[1][2] She won the gold medal at the 2023 World Championships, making history as the first Korean women's singles player to win the World Championships title.[3] She then clinched the women's singles gold medal at the 2022 Asian Games.[4] An was also a part of South Korea’s gold medal winning teams at the 2022 Uber Cup and at the 2022 Asian Games.[5][6]

In 2018, An was selected to join the national team and became the first junior high school student on the South Korean national team. She was part of the national junior team that won the mixed team title at the 2017 Asian Junior Championships.[7] An later represented her country at the 2018 Uber Cup in Bangkok and Asian Games in Jakarta, helping the team win a bronze medal in the former event.[8][9] In 2019, she clinched her first BWF World Tour title at the Super 300 New Zealand Open, beating the 2012 Olympic gold medalist Li Xuerui in the final.[10]

An Se-young against Sung Ji-hyun in the semi-final of 2019 Chinese Taipei Open

Career

An Se-young entered her first international competition when she was only 13 years old, participating in the 2015 Asian Junior Championships where she finished as quarter-finalist in the U15 girls' singles and doubles. An won her first international junior title at the U15 Korea Junior Open in 2015. An increasingly dominated the 2016 U15 junior tournaments, winning the girls' singles title at the Jakarta Open Junior International, Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix, Asian Junior Championships, and Korea Junior Open; she also won the women's doubles title at the Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix and the Korea Junior Open.

In 2017, An Se-young competed in the U17 and U19 competitions, where she managed to win the U17 Korea Junior Open, but at the Asian and World Junior Championships, she was unable to win any medals in the individual event. Meanwhile, in the mixed team, An succeeded in helping her team win the Asian junior mixed team title and also won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships.[7] At the end of the year, An, 15 years old, was selected for the national senior team, becoming the first ever middle school student to join the South Korean national team.[11]

She was then entrusted to strengthen the Korean team at the 2018 Asian Games, but did not manage to win any medals in the individual or team events.[12][13] In the 2018 Indonesia International Challenge, An managed to reach the final round.[14] She then won her first senior international title at the 2018 Irish Open, beating compatriot Kim Ga-eun in the final.[15]

An Se-young won her maiden World Tour title at the 2019 New Zealand Open, beating the 2012 Olympic gold medalist Li Xuerui of China in the final.[10] Her breakthroughs continued by winning the Canada Open,[16] Akita Masters,[17] French Open,[18] and Korea Masters.[19] The continuously improving performance she displayed in 2019 brought her into the women's singles top 10 in the BWF world rankings.[20] Appreciating her achievements, the BWF awarded her the 2019 Most Promising Player of the Year.[20][21]

Due to COVID-19, An only participated in five tournaments in 2020, with her best result was being runner-up at the Thailand Masters,[22] and together with the national team winning a silver medal at the Asian Women's Team Championship.[23] In 2021, in her debut at the Olympic Games, she was eliminated in the quarter-finals to Chen Yufei.[24] An then made her first final in the Super 1000 tournament, the Denmark Open, but she was unable to finish the match, and had to settle for runner-up to Akane Yamaguchi.[25] At the Indonesia badminton festival held in Bali, An managed to win all three tournaments after in the final she beats Yamaguchi in the Indonesia Masters,[26] Ratchanok Intanon in the Indonesa Open,[27] and P. V. Sindhu in the World Tour Finals.[28]

In 2022, An reached five finals in the BWF World Tour, winning the Korea Open,[29] Malaysia Masters,[30] and the Australian Open;[31] and also finished as runners-up in the All England and Japan Opens.[32][33] She also claimed the bronze medals in the women's singles at the Asian and World Championships.[34][35] Together with the South Korean women's team, she clinched the Uber Cup.[5]

An marked huge milestones for Korean badminton in 2023. She became the first ever Korean women's singles to win the World Championships title in 2023 BWF World Championships, and was the first Korean women's singles to win the Asian Games in 29 years. She also won the gold medal in the women's team at the Asian Games. In the BWF World Tour, she claimed eight titles out of ten finals,[36] and topped the women's singles ranking on 1 August 2023.[37]

Achievements

World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2022 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Japan Akane Yamaguchi 19–21, 12–21 Bronze Bronze
2023 Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark Spain Carolina Marín 21–12, 21–10 Gold Gold

Asian Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2022 Binjiang Gymnasium, Hangzhou, China China Chen Yufei 21–18, 17–21, 21–8 Gold Gold

Asian Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2022 Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines China Wang Zhiyi 21–10, 12–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze
2023 Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Indoor Hall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 10–21, 14–21 Silver Silver

BWF World Tour (20 titles, 7 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[38] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300, and the BWF Tour Super 100.[39]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300 China Li Xuerui 21–19, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Canada Open Super 100 China Wang Zhiyi 21–15, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Hyderabad Open Super 100 Singapore Yeo Jia Min 21–12, 17–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Akita Masters Super 100 Japan Haruko Suzuki 21–10, 17–21, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 French Open Super 750 Spain Carolina Marín 16–21, 21–18, 21–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Korea Masters Super 300 South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 21–13, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 Thailand Masters Super 300 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 16–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 Denmark Open Super 1000 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–18, 23–25, 5–16 retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 Indonesia Masters Super 750 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–17, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–17, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals India P. V. Sindhu 21–16, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 15–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2022 Korea Open Super 500 Thailand Pornpawee Chochuwong 21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Malaysia Masters Super 500 China Chen Yufei 21–17, 21–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 9–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2022 Australian Open Super 300 Indonesia Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21–17, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Malaysia Open Super 1000 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 19–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2023 India Open Super 750 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 15–21, 21–16, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Indonesia Masters Super 500 Spain Carolina Marín 18–21, 21–18, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 German Open Super 300 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 11–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2023 All England Open Super 1000 China Chen Yufei 21–17, 10–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Thailand Open Super 500 China He Bingjiao 21–10, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Singapore Open Super 750 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–16, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Korea Open Super 500 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–9, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Japan Open Super 750 China He Bingjiao 21–15, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 China Open Super 1000 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–10, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2024 Malaysia Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 10–21, 21–10, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2018 Indonesia International Japan Shiori Saito 12–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Irish Open South Korea Kim Ga-eun 26–24, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Vietnam International Japan Hirari Mizui 19–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 21 November 2023.

Players Matches Results Difference
Won Lost
China Chen Yufei 19 8 11 –3[a]
China He Bingjiao 10 6 4 +2
China Li Xuerui 1 1 0 +1
China Zhang Yiman 1 1 0 +1
Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 14 11 3 +8
Hong Kong Yip Pui Yin 1 1 0 +1
India Saina Nehwal 2 1 1 0
Players Matches Results Difference
Won Lost
India P. V. Sindhu 6 6 0 +6
Japan Nozomi Okuhara 1 1 0 +1
Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21 9 12 –3
South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 5 2 3 –1
Spain Carolina Marín 10 6 4 +2
Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 2 2 0 +2
Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 7 6 1 +5

Notes

  1. ^ Tournament software did not include the women's team event of the 2022 Asian Games results for head-to-head.[40]

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