Photo credit: Tang Shi
Japan vs. Japan longest match of the day
The first of the all-Japanese matches was men’s double between Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe (8) and Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi. It was the first ever battle between the two pairs and it was the unseeded Hoki and Kobayashi who were off to the best start.
They started like rockets and bagged first game 21-9 before the 8th seeded favorites woke up. It was even up to 12-12 though but a strong finish gave Endo and Watanabe second game with 21-15. The decisive game was a reversed copy of first. Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe claimed the title in Korea with 21-10 in what was the longest match of the day – 55 minutes.
World no. 1 and 2 in the final
In the women’s double we had the two best pairs in the world on court. World number one Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota were up against world number two Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the 7th encounter between the two pairs. Before today’s final it was the world number one who were up with a 4-2 lead.
Through first game there was no doubt about the outcome though and it was Matsutomo and Takahashi who were on top. They won easily with 21-11 before the match finally became exciting in second game. Here things were close pretty much all the way, only interrupted by a 4-point lead halfway to Matsutomo and Takahashi. After 40 minutes it was over and Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota had to accept a loss of 18-21 to their compatriots.
Favorites failed to succeed in mixed double
Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen were seeded second at Korea Open but were favorites to take the title when the top seeded Chinese Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong retired in first round. The Danes had also made it to the final but there was another Chinese pair between them and the title.
In the first encounter between the two pairs, He Jiting and Du Yue were the ones who could lift their arms in joy after 43 minutes. The match was very close in first game, which ended 21-18. In second game the Chinese duo was a bit more in control and they took the victory and the Korea Open title with 21-16.
That concludes the third consecutive week with World Tour badminton in Asia, but we don’t have to wait long before there is a new tournament. Chinese Taipei Open, which is a World Tour Super 300 tournament, kicks off in just two days from now.
Results from the finals of Korea Open:
MS: Chou Tien Chen, Chinese Taipei (4) vs. Tommy Sugiarto, Indonesia (8) 21-13 21-16
WS: Nozomi Okuhara, Japan (3) vs. Beiwen Zhang, USA (6) 21-10 17-21 21-16
MD: Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe, Japan (8) vs. Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi, Japan 9-21 21-15 21-10
WD: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, Japan (2) vs. Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, Japan (1) 21-11 21-18
XD: He Jiting/Du Yue, China (5) vs. Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen, Denmark (2) 21-18 21-16