Korea had the chance of three titles thanks to Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun, the two players promptly won all three finals that either one or both of them contested.
Sasaki Claims Only Japanese Title
There was a massive Japanese entry this week and a considerable attendance in the later stages, but Sho Sasaki’s two game victory over Tien Minh Nguyen would be Japan’s only title this week. Sayaka Sato’s chance of winning the women’s singles took her all the way to the final, only to be defeated in three games by the unseeded Chinese Taipei player, Tai Tzu Ying in three games in an impressive week for the world number 24.
Korea Claim All Three Doubles Titles
Lee Yong Dae’s surprise break from partner Jung Jae Sung resulted in a new partnership with Ko Sung Hyun, with immediate success as the pair defeated the US pairing of Bach and Gunawan to take the men’s doubles title in two games. Ha Jung Eun took the women’s doubles with partner Kim Min Jung, defeated another Korean pair in Jung and Kim in three games to claim Korea’s second title of the week. Ha and Lee teamed up in the mixed doubles final, where they took on Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei. Just like Lee Yong Dae’s men’s doubles final, the match was won in just two games, with the Korean pair winning 21-19, 21-13 in 43 minutes to claim Korea’s third title as well as Lee and Ha’s second title this week.
Eddie has been a writer for BadmintonLife.com since June 2009 covering the Major BWF events and Super Series events. Previous worked for The Guardian newspaper and was also featured in the New York Times during the London 2012 Olympics.