Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

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A dynamic performance by the talented pair of Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na at the recent Lion City tournament has earned them their first-ever championship title. Going head-to-head against China’s long-standing duo Xu Chen and Ma Jin, the Korean players showcased their exceptional skills and dominated the final of the OUE Singapore Open 2016.

Right from the start, it was evident that the winners’ trophy and prize money would be heading to Seoul. In just 40 minutes, Ko and Kim sealed their victory with a score of 21-17, 21-14.

“This is our first time winning here, so we’re thrilled. The Superseries event had some of the best players competing, and we’re grateful for the opportunity,” said Kim. The doubles specialist also mentioned that they have faced the Chinese pair on numerous occasions and have crafted various tactics to counter their style of play. Kim expressed gratitude towards the fans for their unwavering support throughout the week, creating an electrifying atmosphere that made them feel at home.

In a nail-biting Men’s Doubles final, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan couldn’t quite surpass the Chinese pair Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan. Although Kamura and Sonoda fought valiantly, they eventually lost with a score of 21-11, 22-20. Despite the defeat, the Japanese duo proved themselves as worthy contenders in their first appearance at a World Superseries tournament.

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Zhang Nan expressed his appreciation for the challenging match, stating, “It has been a while since we played such an intense game. I felt really challenged. We worked hard for this victory, and it is good preparation for the upcoming Thomas Cup.” Both Zhang and Fu praised Kamura and Sonoda for their impressive performance.

In the Women’s Doubles category, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii from Indonesia claimed the title due to a walkover. Unfortunately, the highly anticipated match between the top two seeds, Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo, was canceled as Matsutomo suffered an ankle injury in the semi-finals. This setback prevented the Japanese pair from extending their lead in the Women’s Doubles race to qualify for the year-end Dubai World Superseries Finals.

Despite the disappointment of not being able to compete, both pairs addressed the audience, promising to return next season. Polii revealed that they initially considered skipping the Singapore tournament to focus on improving certain aspects of their game after two consecutive semi-final defeats. However, they made the decision to participate, and it paid off as they secured the championship. Polii acknowledged the high level of competition in Women’s Doubles, particularly from China, but expressed confidence in their ability to be among the best when performing at their highest level.

FAQs

Q: Who were the champions of the Mixed Doubles event at the OUE Singapore Open 2016?

A: The champions of the Mixed Doubles event were Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na from Korea. They delivered a dominant performance, defeating Xu Chen and Ma Jin from China in the final.

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Q: How did Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na prepare for their match against Xu Chen and Ma Jin?

A: Having faced Xu Chen and Ma Jin on multiple occasions, Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na devised various tactics to counter their opponents’ playing style. Their strategic approach and exceptional skills contributed to their victory.

Q: What was the outcome of the Men’s Doubles final at the OUE Singapore Open 2016?

A: The Japanese pair Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda put up a strong fight against Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan from China. However, they narrowly missed out on victory, with Fu and Zhang winning the final match.

Summary

Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na emerged victorious in the Mixed Doubles event at the OUE Singapore Open 2016, showcasing their skills and defeating their Chinese opponents, Xu Chen and Ma Jin. The Korean duo expressed their joy at winning their first championship title and thanked their fans for their support. In the Men’s Doubles final, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda demonstrated their potential but fell short against the experienced Chinese pair, Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan. Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii claimed the Women’s Doubles title due to their opponents’ withdrawal. Both pairs promised to return next season, highlighting their determination to continue competing at the highest level.