China's Gao Fangjie spoils the 'Kim Chi' party for hosts in Gwangju
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Hosts Korea were denied a clean sweep of all five titles in the USD120,000 Gwangju Victor Korea Masters which ended in Gwangju City in Gwangju on Sunday by China's Gao Fangjie winning the women's singles title.
The 19-year-old Fangjie destroyed Korean hope and fifth seed Lee Jang-mi in straight games 21-19, 21-5 in 46 minutes - the only title that eluded the Koreans - and in the process broke the hearts of the home supporters in packed Yeomju Gymnasium.
Fangjie is best remembered for her brilliant run as a qualifier in the Tahoe China Open Superseries Premier in Fuzhou last month and reached the final before losing to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi.
In Gwangju the Koreans reigned supreme in the men's singles and doubles, the women's doubles and the mixed doubles - which were all-Korean affairs.
Jeon Hyeok-jin wrapped up the men's singles title in a 69-minute three-game thriller 21-17, 19-21, 21-12 against Kim Min-mi while the men's doubles saw Kim Won-ho-Seo Seung-jae triumph 21-15, 21-16 over Jung Jae-wook-Kim Gi-jung in 35 minutes.
In the women's doubles Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan were made to slog in their 21-18, 23-21 win over Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong in 48 minutes.
The mixed doubles saw an upset when top seeds and hot favourites Choi-solgyu- Chae Yoo-jung fell to number four seeds Seo Seung-jae-Kim Ha-na in three games with the latter coming back from a game down to triumph 17-21, 21-13, 21-18 in 59 minutes.
Jeon Hyeok-jin (KOR) beat Kim Min-ki (KOR) 21-17, 19-21, 21-12
Kim Won-ho-Seo Seung-jae (KOR) beat Jung Jae-wook-Kim Gi-jung (KOR) 21-15, 21-16
Gao Fangjie (CHN) beat Lee Jang-mi (KOR) 21-19, 21-5
Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (KOR) beat Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (KOR) 21-18, 23-21
Seo Seung-jae-Kim Ha-na (KOR) beat Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung (KOR) 17-21, 21-13, 21-18