Jeonju City: World No. 1 men’s pair Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong shocked the crowd in Jeonju Indoor Badminton Court on Friday afternoon when the pair withdrew from the men’s doubles quarter-finals of the Korea Masters, after Lee Yong Dae suffered a neck injury when they were leading 11-10 in the first set against Taiwan’s Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang.
“Lee Yong Dae already showed some symptoms of neck problem after yesterday’s match. He complained about the neck pain again today in the first set, and we’ve decided to have them pulled out of the tournament without his injury getting worse,” said Lee Deuk-Choon, head coach of the Korean National Badminton team.
“We will be giving him therapies such as acupuncture, and will pay close attention to his recovery process,” added Lee Deuk-Choon.
Other than Lee/Yoo’s withdrawal, there’s no real surprises as all top seeded players were able to waltz past their oppositions to advance to the semi-finals.
Son Wan Ho, seeded top in men’s singles, dispatched compatriot Ha Young Woong 21-16, 21-17 to set up a semi-final clash with No. 4 seed Lee Dong Keun. Lee Dong Keun, on the other hand, saw off Christie Jonatan of Indonesia 21-10, 18-21, 21-8 to book a spot in the semi-finals.
The other men’s semi-final will be contested between No. 2 seed Lee Hyun Il and No. 6 seed Jeon Hyeok Jin.
In mixed doubles, top seeds Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na have no trouble giving Akira Koga/Koharu Yonemoto of Japan a workout to deny the Japanese pair 21-15, 21-19 in the quarter-finals. Ko/Kim will face No. 6 seeds compatriots Choi Solgyu/Eom Hye Won on Saturday.