Saturday, May 16, 2009

Korea, China to the Final

Guangzhou (5/16) - 2003 champion South Korea advances to 2009 Sudirman Cup final. Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung opened the way for Korea by defeating Indonesian world number one Nova Widhianto and Lilyana Natsir. The 2008 Olympic gold medalists overpowered the silver medalists 21-18, 21-15 in just 39 minutes.

But Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro equalized the score 1-1 as he beat Park Sung-hwan in rubber sets, 14-21, 21-15, and 22-20.

Korean Hwang Hye-youn surprised Olympic bronze-medalist Maria Kristin with a 23-21, 21-19 win in 47 minutes.

2008 All England champion Lee Yong-dae completed the win, now with Jung Jae-sung in men's doubles, by overcoming Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan in straight sets, 21-9 and 21-19.

In the night session, China eased to the final with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Malaysia, who had waited for 20 years to be in the semi-final.

First, the Chinese mixed doubles pair He Hanbin and Yu Yang subdued Fairuzizuan Tazari/Wong Pei Tty in straight sets, 21-11 and 21-14.

Second, world champion Lin Dan gave further lead 2-0 as he took revenge to Malaysian Lee Chong Wei 21-16 and 21-16. Two years ago, Lee beat Lin Dan in Sudirman Cup qualifying group.

Eventually, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng ensured a final ticket for the defending champion. They made fatty Koo Kien Keat and lanky Tan Boon Heong surrender after a tough 66-minute battle. 2009 All England champions, Cai and Fu, defeated 2007 All England winners, Koo/Tan 19-21, 21-15, and 23-21.

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