Korean badminton, which achieved a renaissance, cruised to success in both men’s and women’s team events at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and secured bronze medals. In particular, the men’s national team defeated the strongest Indonesia.
The national team led by coach Kim Hak-gyun laughed side by side in the quarterfinals of the team competition held at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on the 29th. The women’s national team first defeated the Maldives 3 to 0, and the men’s team also achieved a 3 to 1 comeback win over Indonesia.
Both men and women secured at least a bronze medal. Dae Jin-woon is not bad and I am secretly hoping for a gold medal.
In particular, the men’s national team performed well. The national team defeated Indonesia, which was considered a favorite for the championship.
It didn’t start well. Men’s singles World No. 47 Jeon Hyuk-jin (Yonex) fought against World No. 2 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the 1st singles, but lost 0 to 2 (15-21 17-21). It was disappointing that we lost after leading 15 to 8 in the second set.
However, Seo Seung-jae and Kang Min-hyuk (Samsung Life Insurance, ranked 4th in the world), who won the men’s doubles title at this year’s World Championships, changed the mood. The two achieved a come-from-behind victory over doubles world No. 1s Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Ryan Ardianto with a score of 2 to 1 (11-21 24-22 21-17)메이저놀이터 after an 87-minute match.
In particular, the second set, which was a close deuce match, was the highlight. Seo Seung-jae and Kang Min-hyuk were ahead 18 to 15, but almost lost the game by allowing a tie. However, after holding on well, he showed off a series of powerful smashes in the third deuce, 22 to 22, to bring the game back to square one. With their momentum rising, the two won the third set with a smashing performance.
The national team was in good spirits, with Lee Yun-gyu (Gimcheon City Hall), ranked 119th in the world, performing well in the 3 singles. He defeated Jonatan Christie (World No. 5) 2 to 0 (21-15 21-16). In particular, the highlight of the second set, 18 to 15, was finishing with a powerful jump smash after continuous diving defense.
Korea, which secured the victory, also had strength from Kim Won-ho (Samsung Life Insurance) and Na Seong-seung (Gimcheon City Hall), ranked 332nd in the world in doubles. In 4 doubles, 11th ranked Rolly Carnando also defeated Leo-Martin Daniel 2 to 0 (21-18 21-17).
Korea’s opponent in the semifinals is India, which defeated Nepal. They are aiming for their first men’s team gold medal in 9 years since the 2014 Incheon Games.
The women’s national team also defeated the Maldives with a match score of 3 to 0. Korea, which received the 2nd seed in the tournament, will only meet in the finals as China, the 1st seed, and Japan, the 3rd seed, fell into the opposite group.