Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong Defeat World No. 1 in Badminton Mixed Doubles Asian Championships Semifinals

[서울신문]Badminton mixed doubles world No. 4 Seung-jae Seo (Samsung Life Insurance) and Chae Yu-jeong (Incheon International Airport) advanced to the finals of the Asian Individual Championships, overtaking world No. 1 Zheng Si-wei and Huang Ya-chong (China). Ahead of the Paris Olympics, they boosted their confidence by defeating the world’s best doubles team.

Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong advanced to the finals with a 2-1 (9-21 21-13 21-16) victory over Zheng Si-wei and Huang Ya-chong in the mixed doubles semifinals of the 2024 Asian Championships held at the Ningbo Olympic Sports Center in China on the 13th. Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong are the first Korean players to challenge for the mixed doubles gold medal in this tournament in 11 years since Ko Seong-hyun and Kim Hana in 2013.

Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong recently broke their six-game losing streak and recorded 3 wins and 15 losses in their all-time record against Zheng Si-wei and Hwang Ya-chung. Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong, who lost 9 straight games to them and then won for the first time in the World Championships finals in August last year, won again in the quarterfinals of the China Open and advanced to the top, but lost 6 times in a row and gave up the momentum. For Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong, Zheng Si-wei and Huang Ya-chung were mountains they had to overcome if they wanted to win a medal at the Paris Olympics, but they have regained their confidence about 100 days before the opening of the Olympics.

Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong, who easily gave up game 1 on this day without even reaching 10 points, scored 4 points in a row twice at 8-8 in game 2 to take the lead to 16-10, and then won the game by conceding only 2 points. did. In game 3, they were unable to maintain the momentum from game 2 and went into the interval trailing 7-11. But after that, Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jeong’s concentration shone. Starting with Chae Yu-jeong accurately receiving Jeong Si-wei’s jump smash and returning it to the opponent’s empty space, Hwang Ya-chung’s mistake and Seo Seung-jae’s sharp attack scores combined to score 6 points in a row, instantly turning the game around at 13-11. Embarrassed, Zheng Shiwei and Huang Yachong made more and more mistakes. Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jeong could have easily shaken off the chase if they hadn’t made two service mistakes, but they ran away and were chased, ending in a tie three times. However, Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jeong, who seemed to be riding on the back of a tiger, continued to push their opponents. At 15-15, Seo Seung-jae’s successful attack tied the opponent’s Beomsil and scored three points in a row, widening the gap to 18-15, and after conceding a point, he pulled out the opponent’s Beomsil again and decided on the victory.

Women’s doubles world No. 2 Baek Hana (MG Saemaeul Geumgo) and Lee So-hee (Incheon International Airport) also defeated No. 4 Ryu Seong-su and Tanning (China) 2-1 (12-21 21-18 21-12) in the women’s doubles semifinal held earlier. They came from behind to win and advanced to the finals of the competition for the second year in a row, aiming for their first gold medal. After falling behind 2-6 in the first game, Baek Ha-na and Lee So-hee, who were unable to close the gap and lost the lead, won the second game in a close match to tie the score, and then in the third game, they did the exact opposite of the first game, overwhelming their opponents and securing a ticket to the finals. . Their record against Ryu Seong-su and Tanning was 3 wins and 1 loss.

Baek Ha-na and Lee So-hee defeated world No. 1 Chen Qingqian and Zhai Fan (China) 2-0 (21-14 21-16) and competed for the gold medal with No. 7 Jiang Shu-hsian and Zheng Yu (China), who advanced to the finals. Baek Ha-na and Lee So-hee are ahead of Jang Shu-shen and Zheng Yu in their previous record with 2 wins and 1 loss. If Baek Ha-na and Lee So-hee reach the top, they will follow in the footsteps of Lee Kyung-won (current national team coach) and Lee Hyo-jeong, who won the 2005 competition, after 19 years.

Reporter Hong Ji-min

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2024-04-13 14:07:02
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