He Bingjiao ends three-year title drought by winning Korea Open

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He Bingjiao (R) poses with Ratchanok Intanon during the awards ceremony.
He Bingjiao (R) poses with Ratchanok Intanon during the awards ceremony.

Incheon: Playing against the 2013 World Champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, China’s He Bingjiao who suffered a shoulder injury at the 18th Asian Games on Aug 2018 and sprained her ankle at the Hong Kong Open on November 2018, saved four match point to ultimately win the Korea Open on Sunday.

He Bingjiao lost the first game to Ratchanok Intanon 18-21, but managed to saved four match point, battled back from 16-20 to successfully force a decider by winning the second set 24-22.

After the score was tied at 2-2, He was pretty much leading the whole third set by beating the Thai player 21-17 to take home USD $30,000 prize money, while Intanon settled for $15,200 as the runner-up. He won her previous international tournament at the 2016 Bitburger Open.

In the all-Korean women’s doubles final, No. 8 seeds Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong came back from dropping the first set to outlast No. 6 seeds Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan 13-21, 21-19, 21-17.

Despite the disappointment in women’s singles final, Thailand’s No. 4 seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai surprisingly knocked out No. 1 seeds Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong 21-14, 21-13 who literally were undefeatable in the mixed doubles category. Prior to Sunday’s Korea Open loss, Zheng/Huang have won total of six title of the year from six finals, and 18th titles overall since they were first paired up at the end of 2017.

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