Korea Masters: Zulfadli Zulkiffli exits, Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong advance

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Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong are going to finish this year with a string of strong results.

Jeonju City: The Korea Masters GPG continued full steam ahead Thursday with the last remaining Malaysian player Zulfadli Zulkiffli bowed out in the third round of men’s singles.Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong are going to finish this year with a string of strong results.

Zulkiffli couldn’t grind out a win against No. 4 seed Lee Dong Keun of Korea when he was crushed by the Korean 21-13, 21-8 in 39 minutes. Lee enjoyed 3-0 head-to-head meeting record against Zulkiffli after the win.

Facing Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games men’s singles gold medalist Shi Yuqi, men’s No. 2 seed Lee Hyun-il was made to work for his place in the quarter-finals. Lee had to fight back from a set down to shake off Shi 21-18, 17-21, 21-9 in 65 minutes.

No. 1 men’s pair Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong of Korea prevailed in a close straight set match against Huang Kaixiang/Wang Sijie of China. As the tight first set slowly progressed, Lee/Yoo took control and flew by the young Chinese pair 25-23. The Koreans looked poised in the second set, taking an 11-6 lead to eventually en route to a 21-19 second set win in 39 minutes.

Lee/Yoo will play Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The mixed doubles second round saw top seeds Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na Korea defeated Japanese pair Yuki Kaneko/Shizuka Matsuo 21-10, 21-15 to set up a quarter-finals clash against another Japanese pair Akira Koga/Koharu Yonemoto in the quarter-finals on Friday.

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