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Meet Stephen Curry’s unlikeliest coach — a sexy female ping-pong star

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Ping-Pong requires excellent reaction time. So when the pandemic hit, the sport’s sexiest star, Soo Yeon Lee, quickly switched up her game plan.

“With people stuck at home, they started looking for something to do,” Lee, 36, told The Post. The Los Angeles resident, who is also a model, amped up her online presence: offering virtual lessons, and posting more videos of herself playing in sexy clothes. The approach worked. Her Instagram following swelled by 20,000, and she saw interest in the game increase, too.

“That was really the fun part to watch. More people were playing.”

Despite the growth, Lee is still itching for things to get back to “normal.”

“I prefer to interact with people in real life rather than in the virtual,” she said. “When people come out to events, I feel the energy.”

Since 2009, the former competitive athlete has worked as an ambassador at Susan Sarandon’s table-tennis clubs, Spin, where Lee puts on dizzying expositions while wearing heels and cocktail dresses. (All locations are temporarily closed because of COVID.) Those showcases led to a guest role on “Entourage,” as well as stars hiring her to coach them.

While she was pictured with actor Dylan McDermott on a beach last summer, she is coy about her dating life, saying only, “I am not married.”

Unattached or not, Lee stays busy. The pandemic pause has given her a chance to launch her lifestyle clothing brand, SOO&PONG, to help spread the gospel of her sport.

“Ping-Pong is one of my biggest passions, and when I was playing it was all about winning,” she said.

Born in Busan, South Korea, she was introduced to the game as a girl at school and quickly displayed a natural ability. After three months, the program of 70 kids was whittled down to the top six. “I was one of them, so I just got into Ping-Pong,” she said. “It wasn’t a mistake but it wasn’t really by choice.”

Lee began playing table tennis as a girl.
Lee began playing table tennis as a girl.
Soo Yeon Lee

Lee won her first of six National Junior Championships at 12, then left home to train under a Korean Olympic gold medalist. She won three national tournaments, although she did not make the Olympic team.

In 2004, she moved to New Zealand to learn English and won that country’s Women’s Singles Championship. “But New Zealand wasn’t . . . really my place,” she said.

In 2007, Lee moved to LA, competed in the US Open of table tennis and began modeling for Target, K-Swiss and Nike. She unexpectedly launched an acting career when Doug Ellin, executive producer of “Entourage,” asked her to give him and friends Ping-Pong lessons.

Soo playing on show  "Earn Your Plug" with Jay Leno and Susan Sarandon.
Soo playing on show “Earn Your Plug” with Jay Leno and Susan Sarandon.
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“I had never heard of the show,” she said. “I played table tennis with Doug and some friends and had a good time. Then I got a call and he said, ‘Soo, we wrote a part for you.’ ”

In a 2010 episode of the show, she trained John Stamos to play in a match against Kevin Dillon’s “Johnny Drama” character. Lee spent a month on the “Entourage” set teaching them the finer points of the game. “Kevin is a natural athlete, so he picked it up quickly. With John it took more time,” she recalled.

She has also taught NBA stars including Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Steph Curry.

“He plays Ping-Pong just like he plays basketball: He’s so quick,” said Lee of Curry.

The best star she has trained? That would be former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller, who calls her “Coach.” During the 2016 NBA All Star weekend, Miller tapped her to prepare him for a match against rapper Drake.

“I have never seen someone progress so fast. We trained intensely,” Lee said. “And he beat Drake.”

Photos: John Chapple; Stylist: Elizabeth Carvalho; On Location Stylist: Brittny Moore; Hair/Makeup: Cat Sherwin 

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