[서울신문]Ahn Se-yeong (Samsung Life Insurance), a Korean badminton player, will challenge for the fifth gold smash this year for two weeks in a row.
The Korean national team, including Ahn Se-young, will go on a medal hunt at the 2023 Singapore Open Badminton Championships (total prize money of 850,000 dollars), which opened on the 6th. Korea won three gold medals and two bronze medals at the Thailand Open last week.
The performance of Ahn Se-young, who is ranked second in the women’s singles world, is noteworthy. Ahn Se-young, who won her Thailand Open, is aiming for her fifth win in her eight-straight finals this year. World Badminton Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 750 series, this tournament has higher ranking points than the Thailand Open (Super 500), including Ahn Se-young, world No. 1 Yamaguchi Akane (Japan), No. Up to (China), the four kings of women’s singles are all out.
Ahn Se-young, who received the second seed, will face Tai Zi-ying in the quarterfinals, and then face Yamaguchi or Chen Yu-fei in the final. Coincidentally, he clashes with senior Kim Ga-eun of his team and national team in the round of 32.
At last month’s World Mixed Team Championships (Sudirman Cup), Ahn Se-young won three consecutive victories against Chen Yu-fei, but the brakes were put on hold, but she gained confidence by defeating Yamaguchi and Tai Zi-ying. Ahn Se-young has a record of 7 wins and 12 losses against Yamaguchi, 5 wins and 2 losses against Tai Ziying, and 4 wins and 9 losses against Chen Yu-Fei.
In the women’s doubles, Thailand Open championship duo Kim So-young (Incheon International Airport) – Gong Hee-yong (Jeonbuk Bank), Kim Hye-jung (Samsung Life Insurance) – Jeong Na-eun (Hwasun-gun Office), Lee So-hee (Incheon International Airport) – Baek Ha-na (MG Saemaul Geumgo) ) participates and aims for the top spot. Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong, who are winning two consecutive championships and aiming for three crowns this year, and Lee So-hee and Baek Ha-na, who are challenging for medals in 10 consecutive competitions, are expected to have a fierce confrontation.
Kim Won-ho (Samsung Life Insurance) and Jeong Na-eun, who reached the top of the international competition at the Thailand Open for the first time in four years, and Seo Seung-jae (Army Sports Corps) and Chae Yoo-jeong (Incheon International Airport) are aiming for mixed doubles medals. In men’s doubles, Kim Won-ho and Choi Sol-gyu (Army Sports Corps) and Seo Seung-jae and Kang Min-hyuk (Samsung Life Insurance) will be on the scramble.
Reporter Hong Ji-min
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