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Korea Open 2018: Lee Yong Dae delights home crowd, Team Yonex collects more medals

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01 October 2018

Seoul — As the Korea Open concluded on September 30th, national hero Lee Yong Dae (KOR) may not have been in the finals but he was enthusiastically supported by the home crowd before making his exit in the quarters. In all, #TeamYonex made yet another strong showing, taking home gold in three of five categories.

Badminton legend Lee Yong Dae returned to the Korea Open for the first time since 2016, along with his partner Kim Gi Jung, in men’s doubles and was welcomed back by an exuberant crowd. Following their triumph at the Spanish Master’s, they were unfortunately not able to repeat here in Seoul, though they made it to the quarter-finals, after defeating the World No. 4 pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda (JPN).

In men’s singles, Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei powered past Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in an all-Team Yonex final for his third tour title of the year, winning 21-13, 21-16 in 39 minutes. 

In another Team Yonex final, women’s doubles pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto (JPN) captured their second straight title after the China Open, defeating compatriots and World No. 1s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, 21-11, 21-18. 

And in men’s doubles, Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan made an outstanding comeback against their countrymen Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi 9-21, 21-15, 21-10. It is Endo’s first major World Tour (formerly Superseries) title.

Full match results

Lee Yong DaeASTROX 88 SBG80POWER CUSHION 65 X WIDE
Kim Gi Jung: ASTROX 88 DBG66 ULTIMAXPOWER CUSHION 03 Z MEN
Chou Tien ChenDUORA Z-STRIKEBG80POWER CUSHION 65 Z WIDE
Ayaka Takahashi: DUORA7BG80 POWERPOWER CUSHION 03 Z MEN
Hiroyuki Endo: DUORA Z-STRIKEAEROBITE
Yuta Watanabe: DUORA Z-STRIKEBG66 ULTIMAXPOWER CUSHION 03 Z MEN

Photos by Badminton Photo

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