5 September 2023

From July 18 to 23, the Korean Open took place in the southern port city of Yeosu.

Let's take a look back at this super500 tournament, where we find plenty of champions and plenty of twists and turns!


Men’s singles :

Japan's Kodai NARAOKA, current world No.4, won in 2 sets against Hong Kong's LEE Cheuk Yiu: 21-17/21-18.

Singapore's LOH Kean Yew advances to the semi-finals after a 2-set win over Malaysia's NG Tze Yong: 22-20/21-19.

China's LU Guang Zu lost 1 set to 2 to his colleague SHI Yu Qi: 7-21/21-13/18-21.

Denmark's Antonsen, winner of the HSBC BWF World Tour finals 2020 and most recently silver medallist at the Singapore Open, will meet China's SHI Yu Qi for a place in the final. The Dane defeated Japanese Kenta NISHIMOTO 2 sets to 1: 21-11/10-21/21-18.

Women’s singles :

The current world n°1 and winner of the 2023 Canadian Open made her way to the semi-finals in 2 sets to 1 against Korean KIM Ga Eun: 21-17/19-21/21-12.

A stage passed for world n°4 TAI Tzu Ying, who will meet her world n°1 rival in the semi-finals. A 2-set win over China's ZHANG Yi Man: 21-17/21-15.

After 1h19 of play and 112 points, China's CHEN Yu Fei beat her compatriot WANG Zhi Yi 2 sets to 1: 10-21/25-23/21-12.

At home, the current world No.2 and winner of the All England 2023 vintage, won her duel in 2 sets against fellow SIM player Yu Jin: 21-7/21-6.

Men’s Doubles :

The Indonesian pair Fajar ALFIAN and Muhammad Rian ARDIANTO reached the semi-finals in 2 sets against the Malaysians GOH Sze Fei and Nur IZZUDIN.

The Indonesians will meet the Korean pair KANG / SEO, who after 1h12 of intense play won the 3rd set against the Japanese MATSUI / TAKEUCHI (Yoshinori TAKEUCHI present at this 2023 edition of the Orleans Masters Badminton presented by Victor): 22-20/18-21/21-14.

An Indian breakthrough to the semi-finals: the SHETTY / RANKIREDDY pair, who not only won the gold medal but also the title of world's fastest smash with a Guinness Book record at the Indonesian Open, reached the semi-finals in 2 sets against the Japanese HOKI and KOBAYASHI: 21-14/21-17.

The Chinese pair LIANG / WANG will meet the Indians following their 21-11/21-10 victory over Korea's KIM Young Hyuk and WANG Chan.

Women’s Doubles :

The Chinese pair CHEN Qing Chen and JIA Yi Fan advanced to the semi-finals in 2 sets to 1 over Japan's IWANAGA and Kie NAKANISHI: 15-21/21-9/21-7.

Second Chinese pair to reach the semi-finals: ZHANG Shu Xian and ZHENG Yu won in 2 sets against Taiwanese HU Ling Fang and LIN Xiao Min: 21-12/22-20.

The Korean pair KIM So Yeong / KONG Hee Yong, winners of the All England 2023, won 2 sets to 1 against the Chinese LI Wen Mei and LIU Xuan Xuan: 21-16/20-22/21-12.

No second Korean pair in these semi-finals, but a semi-final between All England winners. Japan's All England 2021 winners, who recently finished second on the podium at the Canadian Open, prevailed in 2 sets over Korea's BAEK Ha Na and LEE So Hee: 21-19/21-17.

Mixed Doubles :

ZHENG Si Wei and HUANG Ya Qiong, China's current world No.1 mixed doubles pair, lost 0 sets to 2 to their compatriots JIANG Zhen Bang and WEI Ya Xin: 21-16/21-17.

The Chinese pair Yuta WATANABE and Arisa HIGASHINO won in 2 clean sets against the Koreans KO Sung Hyun and EOM Hye Won: 21-17/21-9.

The winning pair of the German Open 2023, FENG Yan Zhe and HUANG Dong Ping, reached the semi-finals following their 2-set win over the Japanese MIDORIKAWA / SAITO: 21-10/21-15.

The current world No. 3 pair, winners of the Malaysian Masters 2023, came from behind to defeat Korea's SEO Seung Jae and CHAE Yu Jung 2-1: 18-21/21-14/21-19.


Men’s singles :

Japan's Kodai NARAOKA lost 1 set to 2 to Singapore's LOH Kean Yew: 21-18/16-21/15-21.

Anders ANTONSEN won his place in the final in 2 sets against the Chinese SHI Yu Qi: 21-16/24-22.

Women’s singles :

Current world n°1 Akane YAMAGUCHI collapsed against her Taiwanese rival, winning 2 sets to 0 for TAI Tzu Ying, who booked her place in the final: 21-17/21-19.

AN Se Young at home flew into the final after an intense 1h18 and a very tight 3rd set against the Chinese CHEN Yu Fei, Korean victory 15-21/21-8/24-22.

Men’s Doubles :

It was the end of the road for the Korean pair KANG Min Hyuk and SEO Seung Jar, who lost 1 set to 2 to the Indonesians ALFIAN/ARDIANTO: 21-17/16-21/18-21.

India's RANKIREDDY / SHETTY won in 2 sets against China's LIANG Wei Keng and WANG Chang: 21-15/24-22.

Women’s Doubles :

The Chinese pair CHEN Qing Chen reached the final 2 sets to 0 against their colleagues ZHANG Shu Xian and ZHENG Yu: 21-12/21-12.

Korea's KIM So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong win on home soil to reach the final! 2-1 victory over Japan's MATSUMOTO/NAGAHARA: 21-16/19-21/21-12.

Mixed Doubles:

The Chinese pair JIANG Zhen Bang surprised everyone and reached the final after 55 minutes of play, winning 21-12/20-22/21-12 against the Japanese WATANABE/ HIGOSHINO.

A 100% Chinese final on Korean soil, as the Thai pair PUAVARANUKROH / TAERATTANACHAI lost 0 sets to 2 to the Chinese FENG Yan Zhe and HUANG Dong Ping: 18-21/14-21.

Finals :

Men’s singles :

Denmark's Anders ANTONSEN takes his first place at the top of the podium of a BWF World Tour tournament after finishing second at the Singapore Open, a fine revenge for the Dane who wins 2 sets to 1 against Singapore's LOH Kean Yew: 11-21/21-11/21-19.

Women’s singles :

After crossing the East China Sea, it was second place for Taiwan's TAI Tzu Ying, who lost 0 sets to 2 to Korea's AN Se Young, who took the top step of the podium for the second time on home soil after her first victory in Korea at the Gwangju Korea Masters 2019 (21-9/21-15).

Men’s Doubles :

An Indian victory in the men's doubles draw, as RANKIREDDY / SHETTY won 2 sets to 1 against the Indonesians, who finished second on the podium: 17-21/21-13/21-14.

Women’s Doubles :

The Chinese pair, currently world No.1, took the title against the Koreans, winning 2 sets to 1 for the Chinese CHEN Qing Chen and JIA Yi Fan: 21-10/17-21/21-7.

Mixed Doubles:

Victory for the Chinese pair FENG Yan Zhe and HUANG Dong Ping in 2 sets over their compatriots: 21-16/21-13.

We'll be back very soon to relive the BWF World Tour tournaments and follow the players who came to the Orléans Masters Badminton during the Japan Open 2023, which takes place from July 25 to 30 in Tokyo.

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