After a strong run to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, Korean badminton is faltering at the World Badminton Federation (BWF) World Tour Series in Europe.
The world No. 4 mixed doubles team of Seo Seung-jae (26, Samsung Life) and Chae Yoo-jung (28, Incheon International Airport) fell 1-2 (21-19 19-21 11-21) to Denmark’s Matthias Siri and Amelie Magerund in the first round of 32 at the Yonex International French Open Mixed Doubles at the BWF World Tour Super 750 event in Rennes, France, on Thursday (July 24).
Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jung won both the World Championships and the China Open this year, defeating the World No. 1 pair of Zheng Tsuwei and Huang Ya-chung (CHN) in straight sets. They reunited with Zheng and Huang in the semifinals of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, where they lost 1-2 (21-13 15-21 16-21) to claim bronze.
Injuries plagued the Korean squad as they played a grueling schedule after the Hangzhou Asian Games. Women’s singles ace Ahn Se-young (21, Samsung Life Insurance) tore a tendon in her knee and will need two to five weeks of treatment and rehabilitation.
In addition, Kim So-young (31, Incheon International Airport), the “Kim Kong Jo” of women’s doubles, has been recovering from a calf injury after winning bronze at the Asian Games. In addition, Baek Hana (23, MG Sae Village Bank), who teamed up with Lee So-hee (29, Incheon International Airport) to win a silver medal at the Asian Games, injured her shoulder.
As a result, Ahn Se-young and the women’s doubles pairs of Lee So-hee and Baek Ha-na, and Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong (27, Jeonbuk Bank) were unable to compete in the Denmark Open, which ended last week, and the French Open.
Korean badminton, which until the Asian Games had reigned supreme as a filial piety sport that threatened “superpower” China, has taken a “breather. The mixed doubles pair of Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jung were the only ones to reach the final four at the Denmark Open.
However, at the French Open, Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jung were unable to overcome their Asian Games fatigue and lost in the first round.
Seo was paired with Kang Min-hyuk (24, Samsung Life) in the men’s doubles.
Kim Won-ho (24, Samsung Life) and Jung Na-eun (23, Hwasun County Government) swept the Chinese pair of Cheng Xing and Chen Fang-hui 2-0 (21-14 21-18) to advance to the round of 16.
In the women’s singles, Kim Ga-eun (25, Samsung Life) will face Natsuki Nidaria (JPN) in the first round. In the women’s doubles, Shin Seung-chan (29, Incheon International Airport) and Lee Yoo-rim (24, Samsung Life) will play.
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