The Korean men’s badminton team lifted the mood by defeating a strong team on the first day of the team competition at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
Korea defeated Malaysia 3-1 in the round of 16 of the men’s team event held at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on the 28th.
Korea lost its main event, the doubles match, but reached the quarterfinals thanks to the hard work of its singles players.
Jeon Hyeok-jin (Yonex), ranked 47th in the world, defeated his opponent 2-1 (21-14 14-21 21-18) in a close match with Lijigia, ranked 16th in the world.
Korea, which had an advantage, suffered an unexpected loss in the first doubles match.
The world’s fourth-ranked team Seo Seung-jae and Kang Min-hyuk (Samsung Life Insurance) fell helplessly to the team immediately below them, Aaron Chia and Sou Ik (world’s fifth-ranked), with a score of 0-2 (17-21 9-21).
However, with the match score at 1-1, Lee Yun-gyu (Gimcheon City Hall) changed the mood on the court by defeating Eung Ze-yong 2-0 (21-11 21-16).
Lee Yun-gyu’s world ranking is 119th, 100 places lower than Ng Ze-yong (19th).
And in the fourth game, the team of Kim Won-ho (Samsung Life Insurance) and Na Seong-seung (Gimcheon City Hall) did not miss the victory, defeating the team of Ong Yu-sin and Teo A (9th in the world) 2-0 (21-16 21-18).
The pair of Kim Won-ho and Na Seong-seung have only recently joined forces in doubles, and their world ranking is only 332nd.
The team waiting for Korea, which overcame inferiority to advance to the quarterfinals, is Indonesia, the first seed.
Indonesia is the strongest team with world No. 2 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and No. 5 Jonatan Christie in singles and world No. 1 doubles pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Ryan Ardianto.
The performance of the men’s team is essential for the national team to achieve its goal of avenging its ‘no medal’ at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games by winning prizes in all seven events.
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