Sunday, January 17, 2010

Yong-dae and Jae-sung Claim Korea Open Trophy

Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung

Seoul - Korean Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung grabbed their first title of 2010 after overpowering 2009 world champions of China, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, 21-11, 14- 21, and 21-18 in an hour and 8 minutes.

Playing at home, Yong-dae and Jae-sung satisfied the crowds by giving a long, thrilling match.

In the third set, an error of the Chinese pair put the Koreans up 16-14 in the third. They managed to catch up the points 18-18 but could not take the lead in the deciding game.

Yong-dae and Jae-sung finally won the match 21-18, falling down to the floor in jubilance.

“I think I was even more nervous today playing at home than we were when we played this pair in China last year,” said Jae-sung at the post-match press conference.

“So many people were cheering us on to win and I really wanted to win this one in memory of my mother.”

On the contrary, Yong-dae stated that he was more excited than nervous.

“Our styles are so similar that whenever we play Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun, it is always a fun match to play. We had a great match with them at the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou, too, but this time, since we were at home, the crowd was so excited and it just made me so excited, too.

“In the past, Jae Sung was having to be ready to run the whole court to cover for me so I thought that if I could concentrate on preparing better on defense and creating chances for him, we could achieve some better results.”

Other Final Results:

Women's Singles
6-Wang Shixian (CHN) def. Sung Ji-hyun (KOR) 21-10, 25-23

Women's Doubles
1-Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) def. 2-Mizuki Fujii/Reika Kakiiwa (JPN) 21-16, 21-15

Mixed Doubles
3-He Hanbin/Yu Yang (CHN) def. Tao Jiaming/Zhang Yawen (CHN) 21-15, 21-16

Men's Singles
1-Lee Chong Wei (MAS) def. 2-Peter Gade (DEN) 21-12, 21-11

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