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Korea’s Hwang Jong Soo Shines in Badminton Asia Championships

Korea’s badminton players had a disappointing run at the Badminton Asia Championships, but Hwang Jong Soo managed to stand out by reaching the semi-finals. Despite the expectations being on Son Wan Ho and Lee Dong Keun, it was Hwang – ranked 140th in the world – who surprised everyone with a series of impressive victories.

In the Men’s Singles event, Hwang defeated the third seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam and Singapore qualifier Huang Chao in straight games. He continued his winning streak by overcoming Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals. Hwang, who has participated in only one event this year, now faces Sho Sasaki of Japan in the semi-finals.

On the other hand, the top half of the Men’s Singles event will feature an all-Chinese contest. Two-time champion Lin Dan has secured a spot in the semi-finals after swiftly defeating his opponents in each match. He will face his younger compatriot Liu Kai, who faced a tough challenge from India’s Guru Sai Dutt but managed to come out on top.

In the Women’s Singles event, China’s Wang Shixian, the reigning All England champion, dominated her way into the semi-finals. After surviving a scare in the second round, Wang defeated Korea’s Lee Jang Mi in straight games. However, she needs to be cautious as she faces PV Sindhu of India, who has defeated her in three out of four meetings.

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The other semi-final in the Women’s Singles event will feature Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi. Sung battled her way past Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, while Takahashi had a relatively easier victory against Korea’s Kim Hyo Min.

In other highlights from the tournament, Thailand’s Men’s Doubles third seeds Maneepong Jongjit and Nipitphon Puangpuapech secured a semi-final spot. They will face Korea’s Shin Baek Choel and Yoo Yeon Seong. The second semi-final will be an all-China contest between Shi Longfei and Chen Zhuofu and Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen.

India’s Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta had a comfortable win in the Women’s Doubles event but now face a tough challenge against China’s Luo Ying and Luo Yu. In the other semi-final, China’s Zhong Qianxin and Huan Xia will compete against Korea’s Kim Ha Na and Eun Jung Kyung.

Huan Xia also advanced to the semi-finals in the Mixed Doubles event, partnering with Zhang Wen. They fought back from a game down to defeat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Ling and Cheng Wen Hsing. Shin Baek Choel and Jang Ye Na of Korea also secured a place in the semi-finals and will face former Asian champions Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthonkam.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Badminton Asia Championships!


FAQs

Q: Who is Hwang Jong Soo?
A: Hwang Jong Soo is a Korean badminton player who surprised everyone by reaching the semi-finals of the Badminton Asia Championships. Despite not being one of the expected contenders, Hwang showcased his skills and achieved impressive victories.

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Q: Who will Hwang Jong Soo face in the semi-finals?
A: Hwang Jong Soo will face Sho Sasaki of Japan in the semi-finals of the Badminton Asia Championships.

Q: How did Lin Dan perform in the tournament?
A: Lin Dan, the two-time champion and Olympic champion, had a dominant run in the tournament. He swiftly defeated each of his opponents and secured a place in the semi-finals.

Q: Who is Wang Shixian’s semi-final opponent in the Women’s Singles event?
A: Wang Shixian will face PV Sindhu of India in the semi-finals of the Women’s Singles event. Sindhu has defeated Wang in three out of four meetings.


Summary

Korea’s Hwang Jong Soo has emerged as a standout player in the Badminton Asia Championships, reaching the semi-finals with impressive victories. In the Men’s Singles event, Hwang defeated strong opponents and now faces Sho Sasaki of Japan. Meanwhile, two-time champion Lin Dan has secured a place in the semi-finals with dominant performances. In the Women’s Singles event, Wang Shixian powered through to the semi-finals but will face a challenging opponent in PV Sindhu of India. The tournament has showcased incredible badminton talent and promises exciting matches ahead. Stay updated with the latest results and follow the action on the Carnegiecentre website for the latest badminton news.