Korea: After fourteen months apart, former World No. 1 men’s doubles pair, Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong will be reunited once again at the 2017 Korea Masters.
Lee Yong-Dae was so dejected after crashing out in the quarterfinals of 2016 Summer Olympics to unseeded Malaysian pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, which was their second losses in 9 meetings with the Malaysian pair. Lee had decided to call it quits from professional badminton after he and Yoo won the Korea Open in October of 2016.
Lee’s absence saw Yoo paired up with several different players such as Korean shuttler Jae Hwan Kim and Malaysian shuttler Lim Khim Wah in several tournaments this year.
During his 14 month layoff, many things had happened to Lee. On February 8, 2017, he announced that he would get married with his actress girlfriend Byun Soo-mi and on April 10, 2017, his daughter, Lee Ye-bin was born.
The former World No. 1 men’s pair will kick off their opener at the 2017 Korea Masters against Ren Xiangyu/Tan Qiang of China on Wednesday.
In addition to Lee, two other players who had resigned from the Korean national badminton team, including former men’s doubles world champion Ko Sung Hyun and former World No. 2 men’s doubles player Kim Gi Jung have also returned to competition at the 2017 Korea Masters.
The 2017 Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold is set to take place at Yeomju Gymnasium in South Korea from 28 November to 3 December 2017 and offers a total prize money of USD $120,000.