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Five things we learnt from Korea

Momota is the man to catch

There is no denying the 2019 YONEX All England champion is on fire and running ahead with 110,118 points in the world rankings!

He beat world number two, Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen, 21-19. 21-17 in Sunday’s final in Korea, continuing his unbeaten run since the Yonex Japan Open at the end of July.

The world champion won last week’s Victor China Open – the last Super 1000 event before the YONEX All England – can he continue this form into the Denmark Open next month?

Bing Jiao returns with a bang

What a comeback from China’s seventh seed He Bing Jiao to secure her first world title since 2016! The 22-year-old overcame Thai sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon, 18-21, 24-22, 21-17 – we can’t wait to see what she can do on the Arena Birmingham courts in March!

World champions can be beaten

The upset of the championships went to Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, who stole the show by dismissing the world champions Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong of China in straight games!

The fourth seeds became the first players from Thailand to win a Korea Open title. They are also the first pair to record two victories over the world champions after beating them earlier in the year at the Singapore Open.

Home turf brings advantage and pressure

It was the lower-ranked Korean duo, Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong, that won the battle on home turf as they collected their fourth title of 2019.
They overcame teammates, Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan, 13-21, 21-19, 21-17.

Never underestimate Indonesia

Sixth seeds Muhammad Rian Ardianto and Fajar Alfian became the first Indonesian men’s doubles pair to win the Korea Open in 15 years.

They were up against Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, but the fourth seeds could not quite reach the levels of impressive performances that we are used to seeing on the world stage, losing 21-16 21-17.

 

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