Sung Ji-hyun
성지현
成池鉉
TOTAL BWF World Champs 2015 Day 2 Sung Ji Hyun.jpg
Personal information
CountrySouth Korea
Born (1991-07-29) 29 July 1991 (age 30)[1]
Seoul, South Korea
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight56 kg (123 lb; 8.8 st)[1]
Years activesince 2009
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Career record384 wins, 207 losses
Highest ranking2 (16 March 2017)
Current ranking21 (21 June 2022)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  South Korea
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Jakarta Women's singles
Sudirman Cup
Gold medal – first place 2017 Gold Coast Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Kuala Lumpur Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Qingdao Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Dongguan Mixed team
Uber Cup
Gold medal – first place 2010 Kuala Lumpur Women's team
Silver medal – second place 2012 Wuhan Women's team
Silver medal – second place 2016 Kunshan Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 New Delhi Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Bangkok Women's team
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2014 Incheon Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Women's team
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Gimcheon Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Wuhan Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Wuhan Women's singles
Asia Mixed Team Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Ho Chi Minh Mixed team
Asia Team Championships
Silver medal – second place 2020 Manila Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Hyderabad Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Alor Setar Women's team
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2015 Gwangju Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2015 Gwangju Mixed team
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Waitakere City Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2008 Pune Mixed team
Asian Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2008 Kuala Lumpur Mixed team
BWF profile
Sung Ji-hyun
Hangul
성지현
Hanja
成池鉉
Revised RomanizationSeong Jihyeon
McCune–ReischauerSŏng Chihyŏn

Sung Ji-hyun (Korean성지현; Hanja成池鉉; born 29 July 1991) is a South Korean badminton player from Seoul. She is an Asian Championship gold medalist, a two-time Summer Universiade gold medalist, and a World Championship bronze medalist. She was also part of South Korean teams that won the 2010 Uber Cup, 2017 Sudirman Cup, as well the team event at the 2013 and 2015 Summer Universiade.[1][2] She competed at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Asian Games, and at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[3] Sung is married to compatriot men's singles player, Son Wan-ho.[4]

Early life and education

Sung went into badminton following the path of her parents Sung Han-kook and Kim Yun-ja who both competed internationally in the 1980s.[5]

Career

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She won the Korea Grand Prix Gold title in 2011. Unlike most South Korean badminton players Sung has focused on singles and in December 2011 she received a career high ranking of number seven in the world in that discipline.[2]

In 2012, Sung's performances at Super Series event improved, and she reached semifinals in the Indonesia Open, Singapore Open and Japan Open. She was seeded 8th at the 2012 Olympics. However, her lacklustre performance at the Olympics saw her failing to make it past the group stage after losing to Yip Pui Yin. She defended her Korea Grand Prix title at the end of the year.

Sung won her first Super Series Premier title early in 2013 at her hometown, at the Korea Open. This propelled her ranking up to world no.5, the highest of her career. Sung reached semi final at the All England, losing to the eventual winner Tine Baun in an exciting match lasted for 76 minutes, with a final score of 22–24, 21–19, 19–21. She later won the 2013 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold against Tai Tzu-ying, 21–16, 21–9. Then, she reached the finals of 2013 Denmark Super Series Premier losing to Wang Yihan in 21–16, 18–21, 20–22. In 2013 Korea Open Grand Prix Gold, she went up against compatriot Bae Youn-joo and she was beaten in 3 sets, 21–19, 15–21, 21–9.

At the 2014 German Open Grand Prix Gold, she reached the final which Sayaka Takahashi won, 21–17, 8–21, 21–12. At the 2014 Badminton Asia Championships, she became the first South Korean in 10 years to win the title, beating 1st seeded Wang Shixian 21–19, 21–15. At the 2014 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold, she won 21–13, 21–18 against Liu Xin. She qualified for the Dubai 2014 BWF Super Series Masters Finals and lost to Tai Tzu-ying in the final, 17–21, 12–21.

Sung at the 2015 BWF World Championships
Sung at the 2015 BWF World Championships

She won the 2015 German Open Grand Prix Gold beating Carolina Marin 21–15, 14–21, 21–6. In 2017, she helped the South Korean national team to win the world team championships at the 2017 Sudirman Cup.[6]

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

Achievements

BWF World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Spain Carolina Marín 17–21, 21–15, 16–21
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea China Wang Shixian 21–19, 21–15
Gold
Gold
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Li Xuerui 20–22, 11–21
Bronze
Bronze
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Chen Yufei 12–21, 13–21
Bronze
Bronze

Summer Universiade

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2013 Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 29–27
Gold
Gold
2015 Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center, Hwasun, South Korea Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21–18, 21–19
Gold
Gold

BWF World Tour (1 title, 1 runner-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[7] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[8]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Chinese Taipei Open Super 300 Canada Michelle Li 21–11, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Korea Masters Super 300 South Korea An Se-young 13–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries (2 titles, 6 runners-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[9] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011.[10] Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Korea Open China Wang Shixian 10–21, 23–25 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Korea Open China Wang Shixian 21–12, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Denmark Open China Wang Yihan 21–16, 18–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Dubai World Superseries Finals Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 17–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Korea Open China Wang Yihan 21–14, 17–21, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Korea Open Japan Akane Yamaguchi 22–20, 15–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 14–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Indonesia Open Japan Sayaka Sato 13–21, 21–17, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (10 titles, 3 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2011 Swiss Open India Saina Nehwal 13–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Chinese Taipei Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Korea Grand Prix Gold China Han Li 21–18, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Korea Grand Prix Gold Indonesia Aprilla Yuswandari 21–10, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Chinese Taipei Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Korea Grand Prix Gold South Korea Bae Yeon-ju 19–21, 21–15, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 German Open Japan Sayaka Takahashi 17–21, 21–8, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Chinese Taipei Open China Liu Xin 21–13, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 German Open Spain Carolina Marín 21–15, 14–21, 21–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Thailand Open Singapore Liang Xiaoyu 21–17, 22–24, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Syed Modi International Japan Sayaka Sato 12–21, 21–18, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 New Zealand Open Japan Aya Ohori 21–15, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Korea Masters South Korea Lee Jang-mi 21–8, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists. Accurate as of 21 January 2021.[11]

References

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