The Korean badminton team advanced to the quarterfinals by finishing first in the group stage at the 2023 World Mixed Team Championships (Sudirman Cup).
The national team defeated Japan with a set score of 3-0 in the 3rd group D match of the Sudirman Cup qualifier held in Suzhou, China on the 17th.
With this, they beat France, England, and Japan in the same group and advanced to the quarterfinals with 3 wins and undefeated 1st place in the group. Japan (2 wins, 1 loss) also advanced to the quarterfinals after finishing second in the group.
The Sudirman Cup consists of 5 matches in the order of mixed doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles, and the first player to win 3 matches wins.
On this day, the national team won the first three games against Japan, securing victory regardless of the men’s and women’s doubles results.
All three games were victories obtained by overturning the world rankings.
World No. 9 Kim Won-ho and Jung Na-eun in the mixed doubles match came from behind to win 2-1 (19-21 21-15 21-5) after an hour-long battle with World No. 2 Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.
Jeon Hyeok-jin, who ranked 69th in men’s singles, defeated Kenta Nishimoto, who ranked 15th, 2-0 (21-11 21-19).
Ahn Se-young, the women’s singles ace, faced Akane Yamaguchi, the world’s No. 1 player.
Until this day, the opponent’s record against Yamaguchi was 6 wins and 12 losses, and Ahn Se-young was in a disadvantageous situation.
Her most recent head-to-head match, she also lost the championship in the final of the German Open in March, on her knee.
Ahn Se-young calmly defeated Yamaguchi 2-0 (21-11 21-15) and sealed her victory.
Ahn Se-young, who won the first set, was drawn 4-7 in the second set, but she took the lead with five consecutive points.카지노사이트
After she maintained her lead, she consolidated her win by scoring three straight points, 16-13.
The national team, which climbed to first place in the group and occupied an advantageous position in the quarterfinals, turned on the green light for the first championship in six years.
The first place in each group will face the second place in the other group through a lottery.
Korea, which won the championship in 2017, aims to win the championship cup for the 5th time in 6 years. In 2019 and 2021, they finished in the quarterfinals and third place, respectively.
The Sudirman Cup started in 1989 and has been held every two years, marking its 18th edition this year.