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Sze Yu

Sze Yu Badminton player and actor

Badminton player and actor
Sze Yu
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Quick Facts

Intro Badminton player and actor
Is Athlete Badminton player Actor Film actor Television actor
From Australia Hong Kong
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Sports
Gender male
Birth 8 August 1962, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Age: 57 years
Star sign LeoLeo
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Sze Yu (born 30 September 1962) is a Chinese-born Australian actor, television presenter and retired badminton player.

As a badminton player, he represented both Hong Kong and Australia. In the 1980s, he was one of the top players in the world.

He started his acting career in Taiwan, while still a badminton player. He has since acted in over 60 TV dramas in Taiwan and mainland China.

Athletic career

Sze Yu's father Sze Ning On was a Chinese Indonesian badminton player who in 1955 arrived in China to play for the China national badminton team (which at that time was completely made up of Chinese Indonesians). He married Sze Yu's mother, a teacher at the Central Academy of Drama, in Beijing, later moving the family to Shanghai where Sze Yu was born. Sze Yu started seriously playing his father's sport at age 9.

In 1979, the Sze family settled in British Hong Kong and Sze Yu soon distinguished himself as the top player in the territory. In September 1983, his family immigrated to Australia for his education. Despite having become an Australian citizen, Sze still represented Hong Kong in the 1984 Thomas Cup as he hadn't met the 2-year residency requirement to represent Australia.

Representing Australia, Sze received 2 medals at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He was also named to the Australian 1986 Thomas Cup team but an injury kept him away from the competition. He did play at the 1988 Thomas Cup for Team Australia, coached by his father.

Individual Achievements

IBF World Grand Prix

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1984 Swedish Open Jens Peter Nierhoff 3-15, 15-10, 12-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1985 Scottish Open Torben Carlsen 8-15, 15-3, 15-13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 World Grand Prix Finals Han Jian 6-15, 3-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 Chinese Taipei Open Icuk Sugiarto 4-15, 17-14, 15-5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 Indonesia Open Icuk Sugiarto 6-15, 6-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 Carlton Inter-sport Cup Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 15-2, 14-17, 11-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 English Masters Morten Frost 8-15, 5-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1987 Carlton Inter-sport Cup Nick Yates 11-15, 15-6, 15-10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Canada Open Steve Butler 15-7, 10-15, 5-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1988 U.S. Open Lius Pongoh 11-15, 15-5, 17-16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Team Competitions

Country Represented Year Event Team Rank
 Hong Kong 1982 Asian Games Men's team
1982 Commonwealth Games Mixed team
1984 Thomas Cup Men's team Qualification round
 Australia 1986 Commonwealth Games Mixed team 3
1988 Thomas Cup Men's team Qualification round
1989 Sudirman Cup Mixed team 16

Acting career

In 1989, while nursing an injury in Taipei, Taiwan, where his father took over the Chinese Taipei national badminton team a year prior, Sze Yu was invited by Liu Li-li, a television director, to participate in her TV drama Wanjun, written by the creator Chiung Yao. Liu was taking a team from Chinese Television System to Beijing to create the first-ever Taiwanese TV drama filmed in mainland China. Under the encouragement of his mother, a Beijing native, Sze took on the supporting role of Zhou Shuhao. The series proved massively popular throughout the Chinese-speaking world, and Sze, after winning the Australian International in the same year, decided to retire to pursue an acting career.

Today, Sze is still active in television, mostly in mainland China.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 18 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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