Jeju: The Korean badminton team lived up to home crowd’s expectation as they ruled all five events in the Korea Masters finals on Sunday.
Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Jae Hwan started the campaign for Korea in the men’s doubles event against No. 1 seeds and last week’s Macau Open champions Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang. Ko/Kim came back after trailing by 7-13, 14-17 to edge the Taiwanese pair 21-19 in the first set. The Korean pair led most of the second set to keep the men’s doubles title at home with a 21-18 second set victory.
Korea’s World No. 6 men’s singles player Son Wan Ho proved an insurmountable barrier for the Malaysian shuttler Daren Liew in men’s singles final as Son prevailed over the Malaysian, 21-13, 21-16 in 44 minutes.
After the match, Liew told reporters that: “I did not play well today, just couldn’t find my own rhythm. Overall, I am satisfied with my performance in the tournament, because I was able to enter the final although I did not win the title.”
When asked about his plan for next year, Liew said: “I haven’t discussed this with my coach. Everything is still up in the air, therefore, I can’t tell you anything yet.”
No. 1 seeds Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan of Korea notched up straight-set win against compatriots No. 6 seeds Chae Yoo Jung/Kim So Yeong 21-14, 21-14 to claim the women’s doubles title in 42 minutes.
In their first ever career encounter, No. 1 seed Sung Ji Hyun of Korea easily beat unseeded Lee Jang Mi 21-8, 21-10 for the women’s singles title.
The clash between No. 1 seeds Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na of Korea and No. 2 seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the mixed doubles final saw Ko/Kim glided through the Thailand pair 21-19, 21-16 to serve up a clean sweep for Korea.