South Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun overcame fatigue to take home two titles at the Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold on Sunday when he won the mixed doubles and men doubles crowns at the Shinjuang Stadium.
Korean shuttlers also added the women’s singles and women’s doubles gold medals, with only Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto’s men’s singles victory denying them a clean sweep.
Sung Hyun won his two titles in style, beating the top seeds in both events to give him a boost ahead of two upcoming OSIM BWF Superseries events in China and Japan.
In the opening match of the day, Sung Hyun and his partner Eom Hye Won upset top seeds Tantowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in three games to end the Indonesians’ hopes of adding another title to their growing collection.
Sung Hyun-Hye Won were twice on the verge of losing the opening game but fought back to take it 24-22 after winning three consecutive points while 22-21 down.
They were neck-and-neck in the second game until 10-10 when the World Championships bronze medallists surged to a 14-10 lead and never looked back to level the match with a 21-16 victory.
The rubber was just as close but it was the South Koreans who held the upper hand as they took it 21-17 to start finals day with a bang.
Next on the court was Sung Ji Hyun against Thailand world junior champion Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand.
After a tight first game, Ji Hyun upped the pace to outclass Inthanon and in the end, claimed a straight forward 22-20, 21-14 in 44 minutes.
The third match of the day ended in an anti-climax when Indonesia’s Greysia Polii, who was seeded third with Meiliana Jauhari, injured her shoulder while trying to retrieve a shot against Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jun.
The Indonesians took the first game 21-17 but fell 21-18 in the second to set-up an intriguing rubber. However, the match ended with a whimper when Polii had to concede the match while trailing 2-0.
She was rushed to the hospital and later told the Indonesian Badminton Association: “The pain was unbearable and I heard a cracking sound in my shoulder. We thought it was better to quit rather than risk a worse injury.”
His win in the mixed doubles gave Sung Hyun a huge boost and he was clearly up for the challenge despite playing his 10th match in five days.
In the day, the second seeds had a surprisingly easy 23-21, 21-17 victory to level the head-to-heads at three-a-piece.
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