Korean Badminton Women’s Doubles So-hee Lee and Seung-chan Shin and So-young Kim and Hee-yong Gong compete for the title in the final of the French Open Championship, which they participated in for the first time in two years.
In the women’s doubles semifinal match of the World Badminton Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 750 French Open held in Paris, France, Sohee Lee and Seungchan Shin defeated Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Arisazo Higashino 2-0 (21-18 21-19), the world No. defeated and advanced to the finals.
Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong Jodo also succeeded in advancing to the final by defeating Japan’s Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida 2-0 (21-17 21-19).
As a result, Korean players will face off against each other in the final to be held at 8 pm on the 31st.
In the quarterfinals, the men’s doubles Ko Seong-hyeon-Shin Baek-cheol Jodo, who produced a surprise defeating Indonesia’s Mohamed Asan and Hendra Setiawan, who were ranked second in the world in the quarterfinals, defeated Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Souik 2-1 (14-21 21-10 24-) 22) and advanced to the finals.
Ko Seong-hyeon and Shin Baek-cheol will face world No. 1 Indonesia’s Markus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukhamul in the final.
Ko Seong-hyeon and Shin Baek-cheol, who retired from the national team in 2016 after playing in the world-class doubles team, winning the men’s doubles gold medal at the 2014 World Individual Championships around their neck, have since participated in international competitions as individuals.
Women’s singles Ahn Se-young, who showed a fighting spirit to make it to the quarterfinals despite a thigh injury, lost 2-1 to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and was frustrated from advancing to the final.
Men’s singles Heo Kwang-hee, who was expected to defeat the world’s 2nd and 10th players in a row, lost 2-0 to Taiwan’s Chow Tien Chen, who was ranked 4th in the world, in the semifinals.
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