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Duk Hee Lee

Does anybody remember this player from South Korea? Cannot find a single article about her. She not even listed in this forum's encyclopedia.

She had a strange career. She played sporadically during the 70s until she played a full schedule in the early 80s. She won a small tournament in Florida during that period, made it to the quarters in several events, but had her big moment at I think the 81 or 82 U.S. Open when she lost to Hana Mandlikova in the 4th round.

Her career was brief but any other info on her?
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She not even listed in this forum's encyclopedia.
We will rectify that today Jakeev!

She is still perhaps Korea's top female ever-and in an era when Asian women on tour were rare.

I'll see what I can dig up.
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In 1981, a Korean woman, Duk Hee Lee, advanced to the fourth round of the United States Open before losing to Hana Mandlikova.

To this date it is the best singles showing by a Korean in a grand slam.
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She has a French wiki page:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk-Hee_Lee


Lee entered the Aussie in 1973, but after that it took her 7 years to return to a major. From 1980 to 1983 she was a regular on tour.

She played Fed Cup for Korea throughout the 1970s.

Born 13 July 1953
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And a Korean wiki page

http://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EC%9D%...A0%EC%88%98%29

이덕희 is how one writes her name in Korean. It is very common in Korea and basically the same family name as Li Na from China.
I find her name in English strange-as the Korean pronunciation (I lived in Korea many years) more like E (the letter E as an American says it) doh (like in "dog" but with a k at the end) and hui (with teeth clenched) is about the best one can do, as the -l sound in is unique to Korean!

Here are some bare bones facts I can gleam from my basic Korean and google translate.

Lee Duk-hee was the first Korean of either gender to play professional tennis. She made her debut in international tennis at the age of 19, defeating Pam Whytcross in the first round of the 1973 Australian Open.

In 1974 she won the gold medal in Tehran at the Asian Games.

Lee decided to relocate to the United States in 1979 with the goal of making it on the WTA tour. Turning pro in 1980, she made history as the first pro in Korean tennis history. She was a force on the WTA tour from 1980 to 1983.

In 1980 she recorded a victory over Claudia Kohde at the French Open,later competing at Wimbledon and the US Open. When she finished the year at the Australian Open it was the first time a Korean had competed in all four major events in one year.

1981 saw Lee Duk-hee climb to new heights, making the 4th round at the US Open and being ranked as high as #34 in the world.

Early in 1982 the Korean won an Avon Futures event in Fort Myers. This marked the first-ever tour level title by a Korean. Her best showing in a major was the 3rd round of the US Open.

Lee retired in 1983 and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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I actually found a photo

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An article in Korean from 2009

2009-04-07 오전 10:18:01

이덕희, LA 가든스윗츠호텔 대표

한국 프로 테니스 1호에서 호텔 경영자로 변신한 이덕희는 쉰을 바라보는 나이지만 시들지 않은 테니스 열정을 가슴 가득 안고 지난해 ‘이덕희배 국제주니어대회’를 창설하며 테니스계로 컴백했다.

자그마한 체구지만 세련되고 당당한 모습으로 한국 테니스에 새로운 이정표를 제시해 주었던 그가 올해 4월에 열리는 이덕희배 국제주니어대회를 앞두고 다시 서울을 방문했다.

이덕희는 독실한 기독교인으로 한인 교회와 협력해 선교센터를 개설, 계몽 사업에도 참여할 계획을 세우고 있다. 또한 LA한인테니스협회장과 여자 국가대표 출신 모임인 마당회 멤버로 활동하며 양정순 이순오 신순호(명지대 여자감독) 등과 절친하다.

제2회 이덕희배 국제주니어선수권대회는 4월 13일부터 19일까지 올림픽공원코트에서 개막된다.

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1953년 7월 13일 남원 출생
서울 중앙여고, 성균관대학교 가정학과 졸업
남편 조풍언(58) 씨와의 사이에 아라(고1) 석현(5학년) 남매를 두고 있다.

수상 경력
1974년 테헤란 아시안게임 단체전 금메달과 복식 은메달
1978년 방콕 아시안게임 단복식 금메달과 단체전 은메달
1979년 미국 산타모니카 오픈 단복식, 혼합복식 3관왕
1981년 US오픈에서 국내 선수로는 처음으로 16강 진출
1982년 미국 포트마이어(실내 카페트) 대회 우승

Her Life
여가시간 : 살고있는 동네가 야트막한 산으로 이루어져 있기 때문에 말을 타고 산책을 하는 주민들이 많다. 이덕희 씨도 매일 아침 맑고 신선한 공기를 마시면 영혼을 맑게 하고 온갖 잡념을 떨쳐 버릴 수 있기 때문에 말과 함께 산책을 즐긴다.

사춘기를 보내는 아이들과도 함께 하려고 한다. 학교를 데려다 줄 때 많은 대화를 통해 서로의 생각들을 나눈다.

스트레스 해소 : 스트레스는 그다지 받지 않는 편. 시어머니로부터 교회에 다닐 것을 권유받은 후 20년 동안 교회에 다니고 있다. 믿음은 그녀에게 제일 큰 유산. 빠짐없이 새벽기도 시간을 가지며 그 시간을 통해 마음의 평안과 감사를 느낀다.

Her Favorites
카페 : 카페에 앉아서 여유 부릴 시간이 없다는 게 유감이다. 주말에 가족들과 함께 브런치를 즐기는 정도.

레스토랑 : 한국에 있을 때는 주로 호텔에서 식사 약속을 많이 하는 편이라 즐겨 찾는 곳이 없다. LA에서는 프랑스 식당, 스테이크 하우스를 즐겨 찾는다.

음식 : 다 좋아하는 편. 한식을 애들이 좋아하지만 양식을 좋아하기 때문에 한식과 양식을 골고루 먹는 편.

음악 : 클래식 음악 듣는 것을 생활화 하고 있다.

책 : 요즘은 신앙서적에 심취 중

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운동복 : 1983년 US오픈을 끝으로 라켓을 든 적이 별로 없다. 그래서 운동복도 없다. 호텔경영자로, 엄마, 아내로서의 역할이 컸기 때문에 운동은 잠시 뒤로 미뤘다.

20여년이 지난 지금 운동(테니스)을 계속 하지 않은 것이 후회된다. 건강을 생각해서 다시 라켓을 잡고 싶지만 무릎 부상이 염려돼 하지 못하고 있다.

평상복 : 항상 정장을 입는다. 이덕희의 옷 맵시를 보면 세련되고 우아한 품위가 흘러 단아한 여성상을 풍긴다. 색상도 병아리색, 보라색, 하늘색 등 파스텔 톤을 즐겨입어 여성미를 한껏 과시한다. 셀린을 즐겨 입는다.


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I am tired of translating (mian hamnida Lee-ssi!) but came up the some more info from the 2009 article.

She was born in Namyuan

Graduated from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.

Is currently (as of 2009) into hotel management

Married 조풍언 (in English Cho Pung-on, or in English style Pung-on Cho) and has children. Is a very devout Christian.

The article also states she won a gold medal at the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1978. It is also mistaken in stating her 1982 win was indoors-it was in fact, on a Laykold/hard court.

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Here is her bio in the encyclopedia:

https://www.tennisforum.com/showpost....postcount=3317

LEE, DUK-HEE (이덕희 in Korean)
Korea
Born 13 July 1953 in Jeon Buk (North Cholla), Korea
Married Pung-on Cho
Height: 5' 2"
Righthanded

A steady player best on clay or a slow hardcourt. Lee entered the Aussie in 1973, but after that it took her 7 years to return to a major. From 1980 to 1983 she was a regular on tour. In 1981 Duk Hee Lee, advanced to the fourth round of the United States Open before losing to Hana Mandlikova. To this date it is the best singles showing by a Korean in a grand slam.

Graduate of Sung Kyun Kwan University in Ok Nam, and later earned a master's degree in Physical Education.

Played Fed Cup for Korea in 1973, and from 1976 to 1981; her singles record in Fed Cup was 12-12.

1973: Entered Australian Open and reached the 2R.
1974: Won the Asian Games in Tehran
1978: Won the Asian Games in Bangkok

Lee decided to relocate to the United States in 1979 with the goal of making it on the WTA tour. Turning pro in 1980, she made history as the first pro in Korean tennis history. She was a force on the WTA tour from 1980 to 1983.

In 1980 she recorded a victory over Claudia Kohde at the French Open,later competing at Wimbledon and the US Open. When she finished the year at the Australian Open it was the first time a Korean had competed in all four major events in one year.

1981: Won Metz, Ru Nantes. Beat #9 seed Ruzici on way to 4R of the US Open, where Hana Mandlikova killed her 6-1 6-0.
1982: Won Avon Futures of Ft Myers, QF in Berlin (where she beat Billie Jean King) and the US Clay Courts.
1983-retires after playing the US Open.

Year End Rankings

1980 ranking: #91
1982 ranking: #49
1982 ranking: #40 (highest ranking at #34)
1983 ranking: #90





Sources:

Duk Hee Lee (Blast From The Past Thread)
https://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=897626

1980 WTA Media Guide, page 160
1981 through 1984 World of Tennis annuals

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk-Hee_Lee

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Thank you old friend for that!!!
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Thank you old friend for that!!!
you are very welcome Jakeev

It was kind of fun dusting off my Korean.


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Thanks Rollo

Always wondered about Duk Hee Lee. A pioneer for the tennis in South Korea.

Though they had a couple of other good tour players Sung Hee Park and Yoon Jeong Cho, and plenty of ITF players, they seemed to have stagnated a bit for tour-level players.

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Though they had a couple of other good tour players Sung Hee Park and Yoon Jeong Cho, and plenty of ITF players, they seemed to have stagnated a bit for tour-level players.
They have-and I would have thought that with the WTA event in Seoul and economic development they would at least have someone in the top 100.

Whatever happened to Yoon Jeong Cho anyway?


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you are very welcome Jakeev

It was kind of fun dusting off my Korean.
Unfortunately for me it never occurred to me to check her story out in other languages. There are tons of stuff on the young deaf male player Duck Hee Lee but nothing on her.

So again it was much appreciated!
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