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Yong-dae lives another day before retiring from international badminton

Oct 01st, 2016

Defending champions and world No 1, Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong, the tops in the men's doubles, marched into the final in the USD600,000 Victor Korea Open Superseries - with a straight sets 21-11, 21-16 win over China's Huang Kaixaing-Wang Yiulyu in the last four.

The badminton crowd at the Seong-nam Indoor Stadium is ready to give one Yong-dae - one of Korea's favourite badminton sons over the last decade - another round applause in Sunday's final with hopes and wishes that Korean pair retains the title against rising Chinese youngsters Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen.

The world junior champions are on a roll after winning the Yonex Japan Open Superseries last week. It was also their first Superseries final. In the semi-finals the Chinese came back from a set down to beat Malaysia's Rio Olympics silver medallists Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong 18-21, 21-15, 21-13 in a 51 minute match.

Yong-dae has announced that the Korea Open will be his last international tournament after donning national colours for the last 14 years. One regret is his failure to win a medal at the Rio Olympics.

Korea will feature in all five finals on Sunday after No 6 seed Son Won-ho came through a three-set battle against veteran Lee Hyun Il in an all-Korean semi-final before prevailing 21-13, 14-21, 21-12 in 63 minutes.

Wan-ho, however, will have to be at his best to stop world No 41 and China's young talent Qiao Bin. The 23-year-old Qiao Bin gave a polished display to down Hong Kong's Vincent Wong Wing Ki 21-18, 21-16 in 53 minutes.

Defending champion Sung Ji-hyun (No 5 seed) stayed on track to retain her title in the women's singles. In the semi-finals the champion needed only 33 minutes to brush aside compatriot Kim Hyo-min's feeble challenge to advance with a 21-5, 21-10 victory.

Ji-hyun will face Japan's No 7 seed Akane Yamaguchi who beat teammate Minatsu Mitani 21-17, 21-11 in 32 minutes.

Rio bronze medallists Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan will face the Luo twins from China - Luo Ying and Luo Yu - in the women's doubles final.

The Luo sisters turned the tables on Olympic bronze medallists and Japan Open winners Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl for their semi-final defeat in Japan with 21-15, 17-21, 21-12 in 67 minutes.

Malaysia's challenge in the mixed doubles ended in the semi-finals when Rio Olympic silver medal winners Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying could not sustain their win in the first set and lost 21-15, 14-21, 18-21 to No 1 seeds Ko Sung-hung-Kim Ha-na of Korea.

Japan Open winners Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (No 5 seeds) defeated Hong Kong's No 8 seeds Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah in the other semi-final. The Chinese won 21-16, 21-18.

RESULTS (All Semi-Finals)

Men's singles
Son Wan-ho (Kor) beat Lee Hyun Il (Kor) 21-13, 14-21, 21-10
Qiao Bin (Chn) beat Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) 21-18, 21-16

Men's doubles

Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) beat Huang Kaixiang-Wang Yilyu (Chn) 21-11, 21-16
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 18-21, 21-15, 21-13

Women's singles

Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) beat Kim Hyo-min (Kor) 21-5, 21-16

Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) beat Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) 21-17, 21-11

Women's doubles  
Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) beat Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) 23-21, 21-15
Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) beat Christinna Pedersen--Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 21-15, 17-21, 21-12

Mixed doubles
Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) beat Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) 
21-16, 21-18
Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) beat Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 15-21, 21-14, 21-15


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