Thet Htar Thuzar
Personal information
Birth nameThet Htar Thuzar
CountryMyanmar
Born (1999-03-15) 15 March 1999 (age 23)
Yangon, Myanmar
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Highest ranking57 (17 March 2020)
Current ranking81 (15 March 2022)
BWF profile

Thet Htar Thuzar (Burmese: သက်ထားသူဇာ; born 15 March 1999) is a Burmese badminton player.[1] She participated at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in her home country Myanmar. She won her first International title at the Egypt International 2018.[2] In 2019 she has reached eight finals, most in the African Badminton Circuit, winning 6 events (in Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Benin, Ivory Coast and again in Egypt)

Early life and training

Badminton was always on the cards for Thet Htar since she was born in 1999 in Yangon to parents who are both badminton players. She first picked up a badminton racket when she was seven years old. Thet Htar was raised briefly in Thailand since her father was serving as a coach there. She juggled sports and studies in Thailand and won third prize in her first competition at the age of seven. Then she returned to Myanmar with her family in 2010 and trained more enthusiastically while handling her academic studies. Shortly after her return to her motherland, she was selected to represent the Yangon Region in the Regions and States Tournament and won the best player award. Then, she started competing in open tournaments and was enlisted in the National team. She was only 11 when she participated in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games. Although she did not emerge victorious at her international debut, Thet Htar had now fallen in love with the taste of competition.[3] She experiences every tournament as a challenge. Besides her skills and success in badminton, her generous smile and classic Myanmar brunette looks have made Thet Htar a Myanmar sweetheart, gaining a huge fan base both online and offline. Prior to the Tokyo Olympics she took part in the Asia Olympic Project, which was a year-end regional training programme being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also participated for Myanmar at the 2013, 2017 and 2019 Southeast Asian Games. At the 2015 Southeast Asian Games she was absent, because the event conflicted with her schooling. She traveled as far as Africa and Europe to chase her Olympic dream.

Career

Thet Htar Thuzar reached three semi-finals in 2019. At the India International Challenge losing a close contested match against Thai player Benyapa Aimsaard 20–22, 17–21, and the semi-finals at the Maldives International, where she lost after one hour and two minutes against Vũ Thị Trang of Vietnam 14–21, 21–15, 16–21. And also losing the semi-final at her home event, the Myanmar International to Indonesian Maharani Sekar Batari 15–21, 17–21. She participated at the 2019 Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan, China. She lost the quarter finals of the 2019 Bulgarian Open to eventual winner Neslihan Yiğit of Turkey in a 57 minutes marathon match 12–21, 21–19, 18–21.

Olympian

Thet Htar Thuzar qualified and participated at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July 2021. She lost both her Group M women's singles matches against 14th seed Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia (11–21, 8–21) and Lianne Tan of Belgium (6–21, 8–21).

World Championship participation

After the Olympics she played her last match during the round of 64 of the 2021 BWF World Championships losing 15–21, 16–21 to Chinese Taipei player Pai Yu-po.

Achievements

BWF International Challenge/Series (8 titles, 3 runners-up)

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2018 Egypt International Belarus Alesia Zaitsava Walkover 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Nepal International Thailand Chananchida Jucharoen 18–21, 21–10, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Uganda International Jordan Domou Amro 21–14, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Kenya International Jordan Domou Amro 21–10, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Mauritius International Finland Airi Mikkelä 21–10, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Benin International Peru Daniela Macías 17–21, 21–18, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Côte d'Ivoire International India Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21–17, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Hellas Open Malaysia Kisona Selvaduray 14–21, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Maldives Future Series India Malvika Bansod 13–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Egypt International Wales Jordan Hart 21–6, 12–1 Retired 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 Uganda International India Aakarshi Kashyap 21–14, 16–21, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

References

  1. ^ "Players: Thet Htar Thuzar". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Thet Htar Thuzar wins first prize in Egypt International Series 2018". Global New Light of Myanmar. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Daring to dream of glory in badminton". 25 November 2019.