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The Victor Korea Open 2014 showcased the immense talent of up-and-coming stars in Women’s Singles badminton. One of the standout matches was between China’s Han Li and Japanese qualifier Akane Yamaguchi. In a thrilling encounter, Han emerged victorious after a grueling 74-minute battle. The match swung back and forth, with both players showing incredible resilience and skill. Han eventually closed out the match with a scoreline of 21-17, 19-21, 23-21. This hard-fought win earned her a spot in the quarter-finals against BWF World champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

The second seed, Intanon, also had a challenging match against Spain’s Carolina Marin, but she managed to secure a victory with a scoreline of 21-16, 13-21, 21-15. Other top seeds, including Wang Shixian (China, 1), Wang Yihan (China, 3), and defending champion Sung Ji Hyun (Korea, 4), advanced to the next round with relative ease. Wang Shixian, a two-time champion, will have a chance to avenge her previous loss to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in the BWF World Superseries Finals. Wang Yihan demonstrated her dominance with an impressive win against her Korean opponent Ko Eun Byul.

In the Women’s Doubles category, the newly-paired seventh seeds Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting faced a tough challenge from Indonesia’s Suci Rizky Andini and Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah. Despite losing the second game, the Chinese duo showed their resilience and came out on top with a scoreline of 21-17, 11-21, 21-13. They will now face another Indonesian pair, Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, in the quarter-finals. In the bottom half of the draw, second seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan overcame initial difficulties against Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan, winning with a scoreline of 24-22, 21-14. They will now face Chinese twins Luo Ying and Luo Yu. The fifth seeds, Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua of China, secured a comfortable victory over Savitree Amitrapai and Narissapat Lam of Thailand, with a scoreline of 21-15, 21-13.

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In the Men’s Singles category, China’s Du Pengyu will have a chance to improve his career record against top-seeded Malaysian Lee Chong Wei as they meet in the quarter-finals. Both players had relatively easy wins in their previous matches. Other notable performances came from French Open champion Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark and fifth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan.

Du’s compatriot and second seed Chen Long faced some tough competition from Takuma Ueda but managed to come out on top with a scoreline of 19-21, 21-9, 21-14. Gao Huan, the other remaining Chinese player, had no problems defeating compatriot Tian Houwei.

Here are some highlights from the tournament:

  • In Men’s Doubles, Malaysia’s Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem had an impressive performance, defeating eighth seeds Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin of Chinese Taipei.
  • England’s Chris Adcock had a successful day, winning in both Mixed Doubles matches he played.
  • Quarter-finalists in Mixed Doubles included pairs from Hong Kong and Germany.

Overall, the Victor Korea Open 2014 showcased the incredible talent and competitive spirit of the players. The tournament continues to be a platform for emerging stars to make their mark in the world of badminton. For more information and updates, visit Carnegiecentre.com.