Hiroe Yuki
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Japan
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Malmö Women's singles
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1979 Tokyo Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1980 Kyoto Women's singles
Uber Cup
Gold medal – first place 1966 Wellington Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1969 Tokyo Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1972 Tokyo Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1978 Auckland Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1981 Tokyo Women's team
Silver medal – second place 1975 Jakarta Women's team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1970 Bangkok Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1970 Bangkok Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Tehran Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Tehran Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Bangkok Women's team

Hiroe Yuki (湯木 博恵, Yuki Hiroe) (15 November 1948 – 7 September 2011 in Tokyo) was a Japanese badminton player. She won numerous major international titles from the late 1960s to the late 1970s.[1]

Career

Yuki was among the most notable of a cadre of fine players who helped Japan to win five of the six Uber Cup (women's world team) competitions held between 1966 and 1981.[2] With the possible exception of Etsuko Toganoo she was Japan's most successful ever player at the prestigious All-England Championships winning four singles titles (1969, 1974, 1975, 1977) there, as well as a doubles title (1971) in partnership with her friendly rival Noriko Takagi.[3] At the 1972 Olympics, she won a bronze medal in Women's singles, when badminton was played as a demonstration sport. In the latter part of her career she earned a women's singles bronze medal at the first IBF World Championships in 1977. Yuki overcame an Achilles tendon rupture early in her career to compile her impressive record.[4]

Achievements

Olympic Games (demonstration)

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1972 Munich, West Germany Indonesia Utami Dewi 5–11, 9–11
Bronze medal.svg
Bronze

World Championships

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1977 Malmö Isstadion, Malmö, Sweden England Gillian Gilks 4–11, 7–11
Bronze
Bronze

World Cup

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1979 Tokyo, Japan Denmark Lene Køppen 7–11, 6–11
Silver
Silver
1980 Kyoto, Japan Denmark Lene Køppen 4–11, 10–12
Silver
Silver

Asian Games

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1970 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Thailand Thongkam Kingmanee 12–9, 11–8
Gold
Gold
1974 Amjadieh Sport Complex, Tehran, Iran South Korea Oh Youn-han 11–4, 11–2
Bronze
Bronze

International tournaments

Women's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1968 Singapore Open Japan Noriko Takagi 7–11, 12–10, 4–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1968 Malaysia Open Sweden Eva Twedberg 11–1, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1969 All England Open Japan Noriko Takagi 11–5, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1969 Denmark Open Japan Noriko Takagi 12–10, 11–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 U. S. Open Japan Noriko Takagi 5–11, 9–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1971 Canadian Open 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Denmark Open Japan Noriko Takagi 7–11, 7–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1972 All England Open Japan Noriko Nakayama 5–11, 11–3, 7–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1973 Denmark Open Denmark Imre Rietveld 11–7, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1974 All England Open England Gillian Gilks 11–6, 12–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1974 Denmark Open Denmark Lene Køppen 11–4, 9–12, 12–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1975 All England Open England Gillian Gilks 11–5, 11–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1977 All England Open Denmark Lene Køppen 7–11, 11–3, 11–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1977 Denmark Open Netherlands Joke van Beusekom 11–4, 11–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1979 Denmark Open Denmark Lene Køppen 8–11, 11–7, 2–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1981 German Open England Sally Leadbeater 12–11, 11–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
Women's doubles
Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1968 Singapore Open Japan Noriko Takagi Malaysia Rosalind Singha Ang
Sweden Eva Twedberg
15–6, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1969 Denmark Open Japan Noriko Takagi Japan Hiroe Amano
Japan Tomoko Takahashi
15–9, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 All England Open Japan Noriko Takagi England Gillian Gilks
United States Judy Hashman
15–10, 18–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 U. S. Open Japan Noriko Takagi United States Ethel Marshall
United States Dorothy O'Neil
15–8, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Canadian Open Japan Noriko Takagi 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Denmark Open Japan Noriko Takagi Japan Etsuko Takenaka
Japan Machiko Aizawa
15–10, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1972 Denmark Open Japan Noriko Nakayama Japan Etsuko Takenaka
Japan Machiko Aizawa
15–11, 11–15, 17–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Invitational tournament

Women's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1974 (Glasgow) World Invitational Championships Denmark Lene Køppen 10–12, 11–6, 12–9
Gold
Gold
1975 World Invitational Championships Indonesia Taty Sumirah 11–8, 11–7
Gold
Gold

Personal

In 1986, she married Kenji Niinuma, a Japanese popular enka singer, and together they later had two children, a son and a daughter. In 2002, Yuki was inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame.

References

  1. ^ "HIROE YUKI". bwfmuseum.isida.pro. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  2. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlative Ltd., 1983) 133-136.
  3. ^ Pat Davis, Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. 1983), pp. 106, 108.
  4. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1971 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J.A. Jennings Ltd., 1971), pg. 220