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Badminton: China’s Chen downs Malaysia’s Lee to claim Korea Open

World No. 2 Chen Long (pictured) on his way to victory over World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei at the Victor Korea Open, the year's opening Superseries event. Photos: Badmintonphoto.

World No. 2 Chen Long (pictured) on his way to victory over World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei at the Victor Korea Open, the first event of this year’s MetLife BWF World Superseries. Photos: Badmintonphoto.

January 12, 2014: World No. 2 Chen Long of China upset World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in Sunday’s men’s singles final at the Victor Korea Open, the first of 12 events on this year’s MetLife BWF World Superseries.

 

China won four of the five trophies in Seoul, where Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen prevented a clean sweep by beating Fu Haifeng and Hong Wei in the men’s doubles in the day’s last match.

 

The 24-year-old Chen won his first Korea Open title by beating Lee 21-14, 21-15 in 56 minutes at the Olympic Gymnasium 2, exhibiting quick reactions and all-court skills while the defending champion looked uneasy and made a number of mistakes.

 

The match was a repeat of Chen’s straight-games win over beat Lee in the final of last October’s Denmark Open, one of Chen’s three Superseries wins in 2013. Lee, 31, was seeking a fourth Korea Open title after wins in 2010, 2012 and 2013, the latter marking the first of his seven Superseries titles last year, including the season-ending Masters Finals.

 

Wang Yihan beat World Championships winner Ratchanok Intanon to win the women’s singles.

Former World No. 1 Wang Yihan beat World Championships winner Ratchanok Intanon to win the women’s singles.

China’s Wang Yihan, a former World No. 1, won the women’s final with a 21-13, 21-19 win over World No. 3 Ratchanok Intanon, the 18-year-old Thai who won last August’s BWF World Championships in Guangzhou.

 

Tang Jinhua and Bao Yixin won the women’s doubles.

Tang Jinhua and Bao Yixin won the women’s doubles.

Wang, who turns 26 on Saturday, is coming back into world-beating form, having won three Superseries titles last year in Singapore (June), Denmark (October) and Hong Kong (November), having also won the Badminton Asia Championships.

 

Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua continued where they left off last year, beating Chinese twins Luo Ying and Luo Yu 21-17, 21-15 in 58 minutes – the longest match of the day – for top honours in the women’s doubles.

 

Both pairs played aggressively and the twins showed great defence, but the experience and fluid partnership of Bao and Tang took them to a sixth success in six tournaments and their fourth Superseries title since teaming up last October.

 

Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen won the men’s doubles.

Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen won the men’s doubles.

It was also an all-Chinese showdown in the mixed doubles, with Olympic champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei retaining their Korea Open title by beating Xu Chen and Ma Jin 21-18, 21-18 in 52 minutes.

 

Danish duo Boe and Mogensen prevented China’s clean sweep by beating veteran Fu and youngster Hong 21-12, 21-17 in 36 minutes in the men’s doubles.

 

Boe and Mogensen ruthlessly exposed Hong’s shortcomings, drawing error after error from him as the top seeds won their first title of the new season.

 

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Source: BWF

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