Saturday, January 17, 2009

Korean Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles on Final

Lee Yong Dae in Korea Open 2009 semi-final
Lee Yong-dae's shot

Semifinal of Korea Open today was a success for local players. Men's doubles pair Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung thrashed third-seeded Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen in 26 minutes. The Malaysia Open 2009 champions dominated the match as they took the first set 21-11. Paaske and Rasmussen didn't improved well in the second set that Lee/Jung left the Danish 14-7 and won 21-11, 21-7.

“Lars has been sick all week,” said Jonas Rasmussen. “He was shivering during the warm-up and I brought nothing to the match. You just can’t beat this team if you don’t bring you’re A-game."

In the women's doubles, Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Kyung-won, who had gained the Malaysia Open title last week, are too good for Olympic 2004 gold-medalist Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen. They subdued the Chinese 21-16, 18-21, and 21-10. Hyo-jung and Kyung-won will fight for the Korea Open title against top-seed Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin, who crushed Chinese Gao Ling/Wei Yili 21-15, 21-17.

Then, Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung will play in the final after defeating Hong Kong's Wiratama/Chau Hoi Wah 21-16, 21-11. Songpol Anukritayawan and Kuchala Worawichitchaikul of Thailand is the Korean Olympic 2008 gold winners' opponent in the final tomorrow.

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