Second round of the 2013 VICTOR KOREA OPEN


Six South Korean players/pairs proceed to Quarter-Finals! 
At the 2013 Korea Open Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae showed their power in front of the home crowd, keeping Danish pair Bonde/Petersen on the back foot through the game and taking it 21:14, 21:14, continuing smoothly on the road to the title.


Lee Yong Dae/Ko Sung Hyun

Lee Yong Dae/Ko Sung Hyun


After the match Lee said that that he is very happy that he and Ko are playing so well after their short time as partners but they still need to work  on serve and receiving serve. Ko said that the two still haven’t developed full understanding and sometimes go for the same shot at key points, however, he thinks Lee is a very reliable partner and this gives him more confidence on court and allows him to concentrate on playing well.


In the BWF world rankings released yesterday, Lee/Ko have risen to 10th in the world, less than 600 points behind 9th ranked pair Malaysia’s Thien How Hoon/Wee Kiong Tan.


Several other South Korean players/pairs also made it to the next round. In the women’s singles Sung Ji Hyun beat Jiang Yan Jiao 21-10、21-17 and she will play Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the semi-finals.


In the men’s double, Kim Ki Jung/Kim Sa Rang beat China’s Chai Biao/Zhang Nan 21-14,21-14 and will play Boe/Carsten Mogensen in the next round.


In the women’s doubles, Kim Ha Neul/Jung Kyung Eun beat Indonesia’s Variella/Marissa 21-14、21-12 and they will play China’s Tian Qing/Bao Yi Xin in the semi-finals.


In the mixed doubles, Kim Ki Jung/Jung Kyung Eun beat Indonesia’s Rijal/Susanto 22-20,1-14 and will play No. 4 seeds Zhang Nan/Zhao Yun Lei today (Jan.11)


Chinese Taipei’s Victor stars Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai China Hsin successfully fought off the challenge of dangerous opposition Patiphat Chalardchaleam/Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand; the match was decided over three games, the Chinese Taipei winning 25-23、15-21、21-9; they will play China’s Hong Wei/Shen Ye in the semi-finals. 


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