# The Victor Korea Open is his last tournament
# Third seed Jorgensen dumped by Korean veteran Lee Hyun-ill
# Malaysian men’s and mixed doubles pairs in quarter-final
# Iskandar fails to make the quarter-finals
By Rizal Abdullah
He is only 28 years-old and many more years of competitive badminton at the highest level by Korea’s doubles specialist Lee Yong-dae is quitting international badminton.
The USD600,000 Victor Korea Open Superseries being held at the Seong-nam Indoor Stadium is his last tournament and said his decision is final.
The BWF webiste reported that the player will not stay away from the sport but he will be involved in a different capacity without revealing the details.
Meanwhile, Korea’s veteran singles ace Lee Hyung-ill showed that at the age of 36 he is still very much in the game as he marched into the quarter-finals by knocking out third seed and Japan Open runners-up Jan O Jorgensen 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in the second round.
Hyung-ill is joined in the last eight by Son Wan-ho who stopped India’s B. Sai Praneeth 21-9, 21-15 with qualifier Heo Kwang-hee making it an eventful day for the Koreans in the men’s singles when he overcame a first set deficit for a 17-21, 21-13, 21-13 win over Germany’s seasoned Marc Zwiebler.
Malaysia’s No 2 Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin suffered another early exit when he fell in straight sets 21-13, 21-19 to China’s Qiao Bin. Iskandar was first round casualty in last week’s Japan Open.
However, there was cheer for Malaysia in the men’s doubles and mixed double when Rio Olympics silver medallist Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (men’s doubles) and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles) made the quarter-finals.
V Shem-Wee Kiong edged England’s Peter Briggs-Tom Wolfenden 21-17, 21-16 in 31 minutes. They, however, have a tough hurdle against China’s second seeds Chai Biao-Hong Wei for a place in the semi-finals.
No 3 seeds Peng Soon-Liu Ying overcame Koreans Kim Duk-young-Kim Hye-rin 21-17, 21-16. They next face Denmark’s Anders Skaarup Rasmussen-Sara Thygesen. The Danes won 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 against Japan’s seventh seeds Kenta Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS
Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) beat Wang Tzu Wei (Tpe), 21-13, 21-11
Son Wan-ho (Kor) beat B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) 21-9, 21-15
Lee Hyun Ill (Kor) beat Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 18-21, 21-18, 21-13
Ajay Jayaram (Ind) beat Huang Yuxiang (Chn) 21-15, 21-18
Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) beat Emil Holst (Den) 21-11, 21-11
Tian Houwei (Chn) beat Seo Seung-jae (Kor) 14-21, 21-5, 21-16
Qiao Bin (Chn) beat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (Mas) 21-13, 21-19
Heo Kwang-hee (Kor) beat Marc Zwiebler (Ger) 17-21, 21-13, 21-13
Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) beat Liu Xiaolong-Lu Kai (Chn) 21-19, 21-19
Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) beat Mathias Christiansen-David Dougaard (Den) 21-11, 21-10
Takuro Hoki-Yogo Kobayashi (Jpn) beat Lee Sheng-mu-Wu Hsiao-Lim (Tpe) 21-10, 22-20, 26-24
Huang Kaixiang-Wang Yilyu (Chn) beat Hoon Thien How-Teo Kok Siang (Mas) 17-21, 21-13,21-9
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Liu Cheng-Zheng Siwei (Chn) 22-20. 14-21, 24-22
Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) beat Lee Jhe Huei-Lee Yang (Tpe) 18-21, 21-14, 21-15
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Peter Briggs-Tom Wolfenden (Eng) 21-17, 21-16
Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) beat Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) 17-21, 21-15, 21-10
Kim Hyo-min (Kor) w/o Carolina Marin (Spn)
Kim Ga-eun (Kor) beat Lee Jang-mi (Kor) 21-16, 21-19
Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) beat Kim Na-young (Kor) 21-15, 19-21, 21=21-13
Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) beat Anna Thea Madsen (Den) 21-15, 21-14
Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) beat He Bingjiao (Chn) 18-21, 21-19, 21-16
Chen Yufei (Chn) beat Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) 21-17, 21-17
Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) beat Sayaka Sato (Jpn) 21-6, 21-17
Kim Hyang-im (Kor) w/o Nozomi Okuhara
Naoko Fukuman-Kurumi Yaono (Jpn) beat Chiang Kai Hsin-Hung Shin Han (Tpe) 21-23, 21-17, 21-17
Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) beat Linda Elfer-Isabel Herttrich (Ger) 21-19, 21-10
Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) beat Kim Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) 21-12, 21-19
Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) w/o Huang Yaqiong-Tang Junhua (Chn)
Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) beat Kim Hye-rin-Yoo Hae-won (Kor) 21-6, 21-17
Au Dongni-Yu Xiaohan (Chn) beat Eefje Muskens-Selena Piek (Ned) 21-15, 21-12
Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (Jpn) beat Go Ah-ra-Kim Hyang-im (Kor) 21-19, 21-11
Christinna Pedersen–Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) beat Arisa Higashino-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn) 11-12, 21-13, 21-12
Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) beat Kim Dae-eun-Go Ah-ra (Kor) 21-18, 21-12
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mas) beat Kim Duk-young-Kim Hye-rin (Kor) 21-17, 21-16
Kim Astrup-Line Kjaersfeldt (Den) beat Huang Kaixiang-Yu Xiaohan (Chn) 21-13, 12-21, 21-9
Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) beat Jacco Arrends-Selena Piek (Ned) 21-15, 21-13
Chung Eui-seok- Yoo Hae-won (Kor) beat Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) 22-20, 21-7
Zheng Siwei-Cheng Qingchen (Chn) beat Lee Yang-Hsu Ya Ching (Tpe) 21-14, 21-10
Anders Skaarup Rasmussen-Sara Thygesen (Den) beat Kenta Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn) 17-21, 21-19, 21-17
Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) beat Bae Kwon-young-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) 21-13, 21-17