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# Malaysians fail to keep momentum after winning first game

Expectations were high in Gwangju but national women’s doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean could not keep their momentum after an impressive start against Koreans Kim So-yeong-Kim Ha-na in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The Malaysians who scalped top seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand in the second round failed to overcome the Korean hurdle despite winning the first game 21-14 and lost the next two games 7-21, 12-21 in 55 minutes. It was the first meeting between the two pairs.

The defeat was heartbreaking for the Malaysians who were hoping to end the year on a high note and win their first Grand Prix Gold title.

Mei Kuan-Meng Yean were the only Malaysians left in the women’s doubles in the  USD120,000 Korea Masters after Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen lost in the second round.

Meanwhile it will be all-Korean finals in the men’s singles and doubles and the women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The women’s singles will be a China-South Korea affair between Chinese star Gao Fangjie and local hope Lee Jang-mi following the defeat of top seed Sung Ji-hyun in the quarter-finals.

 

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Men’s singles

Kim Min-ki (Kor) beat Lee Dong-keun (Kor) 21-19, 21-15

Jeon Hyeok-jin (Kor) beat Khosit Phetpradab (Tha) 21-16, 21-14

 

Men’s doubles

Kim Won-ho-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) beat Liao Min-Chun-Su Cheng-heng (Tpe) 23-25, 21-12, 21-15

Jung Jae-wook-Kim Gi-jung (Kor) beat Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) 16-21, 21-11, 21-19

 

Women’s singles

Gao Fangjie (Chn) beat Wang Zhiyi (Chn) 21-17, 21-18

Lee Jang-mi (Kor) beat Nitchaon Jindapol (Tha) 21-19, 21-19

 

Women’s doubles

Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) beat Lee Eun-ah-Yoon Min-ah (Kor) 21-5, 21-9

Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) beat Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean beat 14-21, 21-7, 21-12

 

Mixed doubles

Seo Seung-jae-Kim Ha-na (Kor) beat Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Ina) 21-15, 21-11

Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung (Kor) beat Kim Won-ho-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) 21-17, 21-12

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