Ahn Se-yeong (Samsung Life Insurance), the representative of Korean badminton women’s singles, is boosting her confidence by defeating strong opponents one after another this year when the Hangzhou Asian Games are held. After 22 years, she continues the momentum of winning the most prestigious British Open women’s singles.
Ahn Se-young led the Korean national team to a 3-1 victory in the quarterfinals against Taiwan at the ‘2023 World Mixed Team Championships (Sudirman Cup)’ held in Suzhou, China on the 19th. Competing in her 3rd women’s singles, Ahn Se-young defeated Tai Zi-ying 2-0.
On the 30th of last month, she avenged her defeat in the final of the Asian Individual Championships. At that time, Ahn Se-young was defeated by Tai Zi-ying with a set score of 0-2 (10-21 14-21). Ahn Se-young, who was ranked second in the world rankings, was ahead of Tai Ziying, who was ranked fourth at the time, with 4 wins and 1 loss, so she was quite shocked.
However, in the rematch after 18 days, Ahn Se-young played a hot revenge match. 2nd place Ahn Se-young easily won the first set스포츠토토 21-13 against Tai Tzu-ying, who had risen to 3rd place. Tai Ziying also fought back vigorously in the second set, but Ahn Sei-young won 22-20 after a deuce.
The previous day, Ahn Se-young took the lead in South Korea’s 3-0 win in the third match of the Group D group stage against her archrival Japan. In the singles match against Akane Yamaguchi, world number one and natural enemy, Ahn Se-young secured Korea’s victory by winning 2-0 (21-11 21-15).
Prior to the game on this day, Ahn Se-young was behind Yamaguchi with 6 wins and 12 losses. In the final of the German Open in March, Ahn Se-young gave the championship to Yamaguchi. However, on this day, Ahn Se-young overturned the situation in which he was behind Yamaguchi 4-7 in the second set and won
The Korean national team, with Ahn Se-young at the forefront, is also showing perfect harmony. In the first mixed doubles match against Taiwan, Seo Seung-jae (Samsung Life Insurance) and Chae Yoo-jeong (Incheon International Airport) defeated Boxuan Yang and Hulingfang 2-0, boosting their momentum. In the men’s singles, Lee Yoon-gyu (Gimcheon City Hall) lost 0-2 (17-21 16-21) to world number 5 Zhou Dian, but Ahn Se-young took the lead.
In response, men’s doubles Kim Won-ho (Samsung Life Insurance) and Na Seong-seung (Gimcheon City Hall) defeated Li Yang and Lee Hong-wei 2-0 to secure victory. Sudirman Cup is won by first winning 3 out of 5 matches.
After the game, Ahn Se-young said, “I met the players I would meet in the semi-finals or finals twice a week, so there was a physical burden and I couldn’t help but be nervous.” I could do it,” he smiled brightly.
Korean badminton aims to win this tournament for the first time in six years. After reaching the top for the 4th time in 2017, Korea stayed in the quarterfinals in 2019 and 3rd in 2021.
Two years ago, in the semifinal match against China, Ahn Se-young also struggled, but lost to Chen Yu-fei. As Korea lost 3-0, the final was thwarted. Ahn Se-young said, “(At the time) I lost at the end and couldn’t finish the game.” It remains to be seen whether Ahn Se-young, who is one step closer to becoming a badminton queen by winning the Jeonyeong Open, will lead Korea to the championship.