Korea Open 2012
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
Opening of year 2012 has been warmly welcomed by Badminton Korea Open 2012. It started from 3rd of January and providing very thrilling matches to his loving and enthusing spectators all over the world. From the very start of this tournament, all the top seeders putting effort on their game and are keep going with their top performances.
The first upset of this tournament was when Du Pengyu beat World seed number 4 Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark with the score 9-21, 12-21. World top seeder Lee Chong Wei also keep up his performance from the start of the tournament and beat Hsuan Yi Hsueh in the first round with 21-11, 21-16.
In the second round of the tournament Lee Chong Wei beat Wan Ho Shon in a 3 set match by 13-21, 21-14, 21-15. In the quarter-finals, Lee Chong Wei outclass the Japanese seed Keinichi Tago by 21-18, 21-17. On the other hand, Lin Dan World no. 2 beat his rival Jan O Jorgensen in Quarter-finals in a 3 set match by 21-13, 8-21, 21-15.
Coming to the women’s singles, Chinese seeds are at the top and making the competition full of thrill and enjoyable. Jiang Yanjiao beat Saina Nehwal of India in Quarter-finals of the Korean open tournament in a straight match by 21-17, 21-10. Jiang Yanjiao world no 6 of China had a thrilled win against his team mate Wang Yihan (world no 1). This win boost her up with improved tactics and mentality and also boost up her upcoming Olympic aspirations.
Both LCW and Super Dan were in blistering form in their semifinals. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei trounced China's Du Pengyu by 21-8, 21-13 and world number two Lin 'Super' Dan from China knocked off Sho Sasaki of Japan almost as easily, 21-16, 21-14. Lee overwhelmed his opponent with 16 smash winners in a 37 minutes match, while Lin took ten minutes more than Chong Wei and notched up 20 smash winners to dispatch with the Japanese shuttler.
Lee Chong Wei has reached the final without the loss of a single game on his route. It is the 27th meeting between the top seeders Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan and they have a perfect start to the Olympic year.
In the women's draw, world number three from China Wang Shixian reached the singles finals when she beat South Korea's Bae Youn-Joo by 21-15, 21-16. Wang will face her compatriot Jiang Yanjiao after she outclassed world number one Wang Yihan by 21-13, 21-19 to set up an all-China final. Victory over the world number 3 would improve Jiang Yanjiao chances of making the Chinese squad even more stronger. The world number 6 (Jiang Yanjiao) also holds a 4-3 head to head record over her team-mate.
Korean Open is one-million dollar event, the first Super Series of the new season and a new year, has enthusiastic local fans, who packed out the 4,000 seats at Jamsil Olympic Gymnasium in South Korea's capital. The Championships sanctioned by BWF for individual 5 events that includes Men's Singles, Women' Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles.