Leanne Choo
Personal information
Country Australia
Born (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 30)
Ashford, Adelaide, South Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
HandednessLeft
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking26
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Australia
Oceania Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Papeete Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2015 North Harbour Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2015 North Harbour Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2012 Ballarat Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2010 Invercargill Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2018 Hamilton Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2018 Hamilton Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2012 Ballarat Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Invercargill Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Invercargill Mixed doubles
Oceania Mixed Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Auckland Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2010 Invercargill Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2008 Nouméa Mixed team
Oceania Women's Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Hamilton Women's team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Auckland Women's team
Gold medal – first place 2010 Invercargill Women's team
Silver medal – second place 2008 Nouméa Women's team
BWF profile

Leanne Choo (born 5 June 1991) is a badminton player from Australia. She is the reigning Oceania Champion in women's and mixed doubles. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, alongside former women's doubles partner, Renuga Veeran. Choo also competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Personal

Leanne Choo, nicknamed Choo, was born in Adelaide, South Australia. She attended Glen Osmond Primary School and graduated from Glenunga International High School. In 2010, she enrolled at the University of Adelaide to pursue a degree in architecture and is now pursuing a degree in Neuroscience.[1][2]

Choo is a member of the Sturt Badminton Club, the largest badminton club in South Australia.[3]

Career

Early career – 2012

Choo started playing badminton when she was eight years old.[1] She rose to prominence as a junior, becoming the first South Australian to win a triple crown at a national event. Due to her ongoing success, she was made a member of the Australian National Team. As a member of the national team, she is based at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, in Melbourne, Victoria.[4]

Choo has represented Australia multiple times including at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 BWF World Junior Championships. She continued representing Australia at a junior level at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. Her senior debut was at the 2010 Uber Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also competed at the 2012 edition in Wuhan, China. Choo has also represented Australia at the World Mixed Team Championships, the Sudirman Cup in 2011 and 2015.[1]

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Choo began her partnership with Renuga Veeran. The pair almost staged an upset in the quarterfinals against the number one seeds from Singapore, Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari. This was the first international tournament in which Choo and Veeran competed.[2][5] The duo officially formed their partnership soon afterwards.

Choo and Veeran competed at the 2011 BWF World Championships in London where they reached the second round. The pair demolished Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain of Germany 21–6, 21–9 in the first round before losing to 10th seeds, and eventual bronze medalists of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova of Russia in three games.[6]

2012 Summer Olympics

Choo was part of Australia's badminton team contingent at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, her Olympic debut as a 21-year-old.[2][7][8][9] At the end of the Olympic qualifying period, Choo and Veeran were ranked 35th in the world. During the qualifying process, their ranking peaked at 26.[10] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Choo and Veeran performed well in their round robin matches, thrashing their South African opponents and staying in contention with their Korean and Indonesian opponents, ranked world number three end eight respectively at the time. Unfortunately, they placed third in their pool and could not advance to the quarterfinals.

However, four pairs, including Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia, and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung of Korea, were disqualified from the competition. The pairings were disqualified for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" as they were intentionally trying to lose matches in order to secure an easier quarterfinal draw.

Choo and Veeran therefore advanced to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Alex Bruce and Michelle Li of Canada. They finished in 5th place, the best result in Australia's history of Olympic badminton.[11][12]

Results from 2012 Summer Olympics

Round Date Opponent Score Result
Group C

Pool Match 1

28 July 2012 IndonesiaMeiliana Jauhari

IndonesiaGreysia Polii

21–0 21–0 (DSQ)

(11–21 21–19 14–21)

Win
Group C

Pool Match 2

29 July 2012 South AfricaMichelle Claire Edwards

South AfricaAnnari Viljoen

21–9 21–7 Win
Group C

Pool Match 2

30 July 2012 South KoreaHa Jung Eun

South KoreaKim Min Jung

21–0 21–0 (DSQ)

(7–21 19–21)

Win
Quarterfinals 1 August 2012 CanadaAlex Bruce

CanadaMichelle Li

9–21 21–18 18–21 Loss

2014 – present

In April 2014, Choo formed her partnership with Robin Middleton in mixed doubles. In June 2016, the pair qualified for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. She also competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, in both the women's doubles, with Veeran, and the mixed team.[13]

Achievements

Oceania Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
Australia Chia Chi Huang 7–21, 8–21
Bronze

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Eastlink Badminton Stadium,
Hamilton, New Zealand
Australia Renuga Veeran Australia Setyana Mapasa
Australia Gronya Somerville
14–21, 20–22
Silver
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
Australia Gronya Somerville Australia Talia Saunders
Australia Jennifer Tam
21–14, 21–11
Gold
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Victoria, Australia
Australia Renuga Veeran Australia Ann-Louise Slee
Australia Eugenia Tanaka
21–16, 21–13
Gold
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
Australia Kate Wilson-Smith Australia Leisha Cooper
Australia Ann-Louise Slee
22–20, 21–11
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Eastlink Badminton Stadium,
Hamilton, New Zealand
Australia Matthew Chau Australia Sawan Serasinghe
Australia Setyana Mapasa
19–21, 18–21
Silver
2016 Punaauia University Hall,
Papeete, Tahiti
Australia Robin Middleton Australia Anthony Joe
Australia Joy Lai
21–11, 21–9
Gold
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
Australia Robin Middleton New Zealand Oliver Leydon-Davis
New Zealand Danielle Tahuri
21–12, 21–14
Gold
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Victoria, Australia
Australia Glenn Warfe Australia Raymond Tam
Australia Eugenia Tanaka
17–21, 19–21
Silver
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
Australia Chad Whitehead New Zealand Henry Tam
New Zealand Donna Haliday
17–21, 24–22, 14–21
Bronze

BWF International Challenge/Series

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 North Harbour International Australia Renuga Veeran New Zealand Sally Fu
New Zealand Susannah Leydon-Davis
21–6, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International Australia Renuga Veeran Canada Rachel Honderich
Canada Kristen Tsai
12–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Jamaica International Canada Rachel Honderich Jamaica Mikaylia Haldane
Jamaica Katherine Wynter
21–2, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Auckland International Australia Gronya Somerville Chinese Taipei Chang Ching-hui
Chinese Taipei Chang Hsin-tien
11–6, 8–11, 10–11, 9–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Victorian International Australia Renuga Veeran Indonesia Keshya Nurvita Hanadia
Indonesia Devi Tika Permatasari
13–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Altona International Australia Renuga Veeran New Zealand Amanda Brown
New Zealand Stephanie Cheng
22–20, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Altona International Australia Kate Wilson-Smith Australia He Tian Tang
Australia Renuga Veeran
15–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Tahiti International Australia Kate Wilson-Smith Germany Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
21–12, 19–21, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Sydney International Australia Robin Middleton United States Phillip Chew
United States Jamie Subandhi
21–8, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Maribyrnong International Australia Robin Middleton Australia Sawan Serasinghe
Australia Setyana Mapasa
17–21, 21–19, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Sri Lanka International Australia Robin Middleton India Arun Vishnu
India Aparna Balan
21–15, 17–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Brazil International Australia Glenn Warfe United States Halim Ho
United States Eva Lee
11–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Altona International Australia Glenn Warfe New Zealand Kevin Dennerly-Minturn
New Zealand Stephanie Cheng
22–20, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Tahiti International Australia Glenn Warfe Australia Ross Smith
Australia Kate Wilson-Smith
14–21, 21–13, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

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