Hwang Hye-youn
Personal information
Country South Korea
Born (1985-04-03) April 3, 1985 (age 36)
South Korea Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Women's singles
Highest ranking14 (February, 2009)
BWF profile

Hwang Hye-youn (Hangul: 황혜연; Hanja: 黃慧淵; born April 3, 1985 in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do) is a retired female badminton player from South Korea.[1]

Hwang started playing badminton at 7, at her local elementary school. Hwang who educated at the Pocheon High School, competed at the 2002 Asian Junior Championships, and won the silver medal in the girls' team event.[2] She entered the South Korea national team in 2004. Although she won national championships in 2005 and 2006, she wasn't known internationally until she beat reigning World Champion Xie Xingfang en route to the final of the 2006 Thailand Open. Later that year, Hwang won the bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games. Her best Superseries result came when she reached the semi-final of the 2008 All England but that year, she suffered major disappointment when she was unable to make the top 16 to become the second Korean women's singles representative at the Beijing Olympics.[3]

In late 2009, Hwang suffered a foot injury at a domestic event and by the time she returned to competition, her teammates Bae Seung-hee, Bae Yeon-ju, and Sung Ji-hyun had begun producing results and Hwang was not a member of Korea's Uber Cup-winning team in 2010.[4] She remained on the national team for several more years before retiring from international competition. She continued to play for the Samsung Electromechanics pro team and became coach of their women's team in 2016.


Asian Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2006 Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar Hong Kong Yip Pui Yin 14–21, 19–21

IBF World Grand Prix

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2006 Thailand Open China Zhu Lin 13–21, 21–18, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF International Challenge/Series

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Banuinvest International Russia Olga Golovanova 21–13, 21–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament


  1. ^ "Tournament data - 2010 Australian Open". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ "2002 아시아주니어배드민턴선수권대회". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 28 January 2018.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Samsung team results history". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  4. ^ Hearn, Don (25 October 2009). "Hwang Hye Youn cast aside". Badzine.net. Retrieved 9 February 2017.