Chen Long, Sung Ji Hyun win Korea Open titles

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Massive thumbs up from Chen Long after taking that Korea Open win. (photo: Reuters)

Seoul: No. 1 seed Chen Long remained perfect in Korea Open finals, winning the men’s singles title on Sunday without dropping a set in his formidable Korea Open run.Massive thumbs up from Chen Long after taking that Korea Open win. (photo: Reuters)

Chen Long swept past the unseeded dark horse Ajay Jayaram of India 21-14, 21-13 to successfully defended the Korea Open title he won in Jan 2014.

Korea Open was Chen Long’s fourth Superseries title of the year, after All England, Malaysia Open, and Australian Open. In addition, Chen had also won the men’s titles at the 2015 Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold and at the 2015 World Championships.

Sung Ji Hyun got her home crowd pumped up, winning the Korea Open women’s singles title in grueling 3 sets against No. 4 seed Wang Yihan 21-14, 17-21, 21-18 on Sunday.Sung Ji Hyun celebrates after her Korea Open win.(photo: Reuters)

Sung looked exhausted at the start of the third set and was trailing 6-11 at the interval. After both switched sides, Wang suddenly lost focus and out of nowhere handed Sung a 13-12 lead, allowing Sung to regain her rhythm and flow to come from behind to topple Wang Yihan in 78 minutes.

The all-Korean men’s doubles final between No. 1 seed Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong and Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang has brought a lot of joy to the crowd gathered in the SK Handball Stadium on Sunday. Lee/Yoo produced a vintage display as they brushed past Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang in straight sets 21-16, 21-12 to win the Korea Open men’s doubles title.

However, Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee of Korea failed to add the women’s doubles crown to the host country after they fell 15-21, 18-21 to No. 6 seeds Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii of Indonesia in 48 minutes.

In a battle between the two best mixed doubles pairs of the tournament, No. 1 seeds Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei of China went on to defeat Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia 21-16, 21-15 in 41 minutes to claim the mixed doubles title.

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