Bang Soo-hyun
Personal information
CountrySouth Korea
Born (1972-09-13) 13 September 1972 (age 49)
Seoul, South Korea
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking1
BWF profile

Bang Soo-hyun (Hangul: 방수현; Hanja: 方銖賢; born 13 September 1972) is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti and China's Ye Zhaoying and recorded wins over both in major badminton tournaments. Noted for a style that combined impressive power and movement, she retired from competition after her victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, shortly before her 24th birthday. She was elected to the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 2019.[1]

Career

Summer Olympics

Barcelona 1992

Bang competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's singles. She had a bye in the first round, defeated Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden in the second and Hisuko Mizui of Japan in the third. In quarterfinals Bang Soo-hyun edged Sarwendah Kusumawardhani of Indonesia 11–2, 3–11, 12–11 to advance to the semifinals. There, she beat the reigning world champion Tang Jiuhong of China 11–3, 11–2. In the final, she lost to Indonesia's Susi Susanti 11–5, 5–11, 3–11 to finish with the silver medal.

Atlanta 1996

Bang also competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She won the gold medal in women's singles without dropping a game in any match, defeating Susi Susanti in semifinals 11–9, 11–8, and Mia Audina in the final, 11–6, 11–7.

World Championships

She won two medals in the IBF World Championships, in 1993 a silver medal as runner-up to Susanti, and in 1995 a bronze medal.

Other championships

Bang won the quadrennial Asian Games in 1994, and the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships over Ye Zhaoying in 1996, having been a runner-up in close matches in both 1992 and 1993. Her other titles included the Welsh (1989), Hong Kong (1992), South Korea (1993, 1994, 1996), Swedish (1993, 1994), and Canadian (1995) Opens.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1992 Pavelló de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Spain Indonesia Susi Susanti 11–5, 5–11, 3–11
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Silver
1996 GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, United States Indonesia Mia Audina 11–6, 11–7
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Gold

World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1993 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England Indonesia Susi Susanti 11–7, 9–11, 3–11
Silver
Silver
1995 Malley Sports Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland China Han Jingna 6–11, 4–11
Bronze
Bronze

World Cup

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1992 Guangdong Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China China Huang Hua 12–10, 9–11, 9–11
Bronze
Bronze
1994 Phan Dinh Phung Indoor Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Indonesia Susi Susanti 9–12, 6–11
Silver
Silver

Asian Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1994 Tsuru Memorial Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan Japan Hisako Mizui 11–4, 11–6
Gold
Gold

Asian Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1995 Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Beijing, China China Yao Yan 11–5, 7–11, 3–11
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Cup

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1991 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia China Tang Jiuhong 7–11, 11–6, 4–11
Silver
Silver
1995 Xinxing Gymnasium, Qingdao, China Indonesia Mia Audina 1–11, 11–2, 13–12
Gold
Gold

IBF World Grand Prix

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1992 Korea Open China Tang Jiuhong 6–11, 3–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1992 All England Open China Tang Jiuhong 12–9, 10–12, 1–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1992 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 5–11, 11–6, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1992 Thailand Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 7–11, 4–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1993 Japan Open China Ye Zhaoying 6–11, 5–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1993 Korea Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 12–9, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 Swedish Open South Korea Lee Heung-soon 11–2, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1993 All England Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 11–4, 4–11, 1–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1994 Korea Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 11–5, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1994 Swedish Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 6–11, 11–5, 11–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1994 Indonesia Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 11–2, 0–11, 1–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1994 Hong Kong Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 11–7, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1994 China Open China Ye Zhaoying 11–8, 11–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Korea Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 11–3, 7–11, 9–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Japan Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 7–11, 11–12 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Malaysia Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 1–11, 6–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Indonesia Open Indonesia Susi Susanti 6–11, 7–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Singapore Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 7–11, 11–6, 8–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 USA Open China Ye Zhaoying 10–12, 11–3, 8–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1995 Canada Open South Korea Ra Kyung-min 11–0, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1995 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Mia Audina 5–11, 11–4, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 All England Open China Ye Zhaoying 11–1, 11–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1996 Korea Open China Yao Yan 11–3, 11–0 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1994 China Open South Korea Jang Hye-ock China Ge Fei
China Gu Jun
8–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

IBF International

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1988 Welsh International 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.

References

  1. ^ Hearn, Don (8 March 2019). "Korea's singles queen to be named to Hall of Fame". Badzine.net. Retrieved 10 May 2019.