# Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong retain men’s doubles title
# Korea also win the women’s doubles and mixed doubles
# China’s Qiao Bin wins his first Superseries title
# Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi upsets champion Sung Ji-hyun to win women’s single
By Rizal Abdullah
Korea featured in all five finals in the USD600,000 Victor Korea Open Superseries but could only win three – all doubles – on a day when Lee Yong-dae kissed his international career goodbye by retaining the men’s doubles with Yoo Yeon-seong.
The 28-year-old Yong-dae played his last international tournament after his shock announcement that he is quitting.
Yong-dae-Yeon-seong, the world No 1 and top seeds in the Korea Open came back from a set down to beat China’s world junior champions 16-21, 22-20, 21-18 in a pulsating 86-minute final at the Seong-nam Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
It is a title Yong-dae and Yeon-seong wanted to win badly as a farewell gift to Yong-dae in his last international match for his country.
The title came with a USD47,400 winner’s purse for the champions while the losers took home USD22,800. The Chinese pair won their first Superseries title last week by winning the men’s doubles in the Yonex Japan Open in Tokyo.
Korea also won mixed doubles title through Olympic bronze medallists and top seeds Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na and women’s doubles through Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan.
The Korean pair exacted sweet revenge on China’s No 5 seeds Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen in the mixed doubles for their 21-10, 21-15 defeat in last week’s Japan Open with a 21-14, 21-19 win in 38 minutes,
The women’s doubles final saw Rio Olympics bronze medal winners Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan outplay China’s No 3 seeds Luo Ying-Luo Yu 21-13, 21-11 in the final which lasted 454 minutes.
Sung Ji-hyun failed to retain her women’s singles title when she suffered a surprise defeat to Japan’s Akane Yanaguchi in the final. Akane seeded No 7 won 20-22, 21-15, 21-18 against the fifth seeded Ji-hyun.
The men’s singles title remained elusive for Son Won-ho’s when the sixth seeded Korean lost to China’s unseeded Qiao Bin in the final. The Chinese won his first Superseries title with a 21-11, 21-23, 21-7 win.
RESULTS (All Finals)
Qiao Bin (Chn) beat Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-11, 21-23, 21-7
Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) beat Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) 16-21, 22-20, 21-18
Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) beat Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 20-22, 21-15, 21-18
Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) beat Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-13, 21-11
Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) beat Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) 21-14, 21-19