Wednesday, 22 May 2024

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In the Men’s Singles opening round at the Victor Korea Open 2015, Viktor Axelsen faced a familiar pattern as he fell to Ajay Jayaram. Jayaram showcased his skills, moving swiftly around the court and delivering winners. Axelsen struggled to keep up with the flow of points, unable to anticipate Jayaram’s deft shots at the front court. In less than half an hour, Axelsen lost 21-15 21-15.

Jayaram mentioned that Axelsen had trouble with the drift. Once Jayaram secured the first game, he was able to maintain his momentum from the other end of the court. His movement, anticipation, and strokeplay worked in his favor. This victory was particularly satisfying for Jayaram, considering that he had suffered a loss to Axelsen in the previous week.

In the Men’s Singles category, Jayaram was the sole Indian player remaining after HS Prannoy, Kashyap Parupalli, and Kidambi Srikanth lost to Chou Tien Chen, Wei Nan, and Tian Houwei, respectively.

Chou’s compatriot Hsu Jen Hao engaged in a close battle against Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, eventually prevailing with a score of 21-16 15-21 22-20. Ihsan Maulana Mustofa, a qualifier, continued to impress at the World Superseries level, defeating Germany’s Marc Zwiebler 19-21 21-11 21-12.

In the Women’s Singles category, both Nozomi Okuhara and PV Sindhu achieved victories over opponents they had previously struggled against. Okuhara had been in the spotlight before the TOTAL BWF World Championships but stumbled in the first round against Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk. However, this time, she emerged victorious after a fiercely contested match, with a final score of 21-18 19-21 21-19.

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Similarly, PV Sindhu conquered the challenge of Ratchanok Intanon, whom she had failed to defeat on three previous occasions. Sindhu’s strong defense and ability to repel Intanon’s attacks helped her secure a hard-fought victory with a score of 21-19 21-23 21-13. Sindhu attributed her win to her mental strength and determination to fight back.

In the second round, Okuhara was accompanied by compatriots Sayaka Takahashi, Akane Yamaguchi, and qualifier Aya Ohori. Chinese players Sun Yu, Wang Shixian, Wang Yihan, and Li Xuerui also advanced to the next round, with Wang Shixian pushed to three games by Yui Hashimoto of Japan. Korean qualifier Kim Na Young also triumphed, setting up a match against compatriot Sung Ji Hyun, who won 21-18 21-9 against Japan’s Sayaka Sato. Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei and Hsu Ya Ching were among the other winners.

In the Men’s Doubles category, Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan, the silver medalists at the World Championships, suffered a defeat at the hands of Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi, the champions of the Singapore Open. The Indonesians put on an impressive display, returning smashes and breaking their opponents’ defense with ease.

The most intense battle of the category unfolded between local hopefuls Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel and Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov. The Russian pair almost snatched victory in the second game but was ultimately defeated by the Koreans in a hard-fought match, with a final score of 20-22 25-23 21-14.

The Women’s Doubles category will witness an exciting clash between China’s Ma Jin/Tang Yuanting and Tian Qing/Tang Jinhua, as they face each other for the third time. With a 1-1 head-to-head record, the outcome of this match is expected to be closely contested.

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China faced a setback as Zhong Qianxin, the winner of the Yonex Open Japan, in partnership with Bao Yixin, was defeated by Korea’s Chae Yoo Jung/Kim So Yeong. The match concluded with a score of 15-21 21-17 21-18. Netherlands’ Selena Piek/Eefje Muskens secured their spot in the second round with a win against Korea’s Kim Hye Rin/Kong Yee Hong, with a score of 21-17 21-11.

In the Mixed Doubles category, qualifiers Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara advanced to an interesting contest against top seeds Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei after defeating Korea’s Choi Solgyu/Eom Hye Won with a score of 22-20 21-13. Thai veterans Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam emerged victorious against Korea’s Chung Eui Seok/Kong Hee Yong after a grueling three-game match, with a final score of 21-10 12-21 21-15.

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FAQs

  • Q: Who were the notable winners in the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles categories at the Victor Korea Open 2015?

    • A: Notable winners in the Men’s Singles category were Ajay Jayaram, who defeated Viktor Axelsen, and in the Women’s Singles category, Nozomi Okuhara and PV Sindhu emerged victorious over opponents they had previously struggled against.
  • Q: Which Indian players advanced to the next round in the Men’s Singles category?

    • A: Ajay Jayaram was the only Indian player to advance to the next round in the Men’s Singles category.
  • Q: Which players caused upsets in the Women’s Doubles category?

    • A: Korea’s Chae Yoo Jung/Kim So Yeong defeated Zhong Qianxin/Bao Yixin of China, and Netherlands’ Selena Piek/Eefje Muskens triumphed over Korea’s Kim Hye Rin/Kong Yee Hong.
  • Q: Which mixed doubles pairs made it to the next round?

    • A: Qualifiers Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara set up an interesting contest against top seeds Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, while Thai veterans Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam secured their spot in the next round.
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Conclusion

The Victor Korea Open 2015 witnessed thrilling matches in various categories. Ajay Jayaram’s victory over Viktor Axelsen in the Men’s Singles category showcased his exceptional skills. Nozomi Okuhara and PV Sindhu triumphed over opponents they had previously struggled against in the Women’s Singles category. The tournament also saw intense battles in the Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles categories. Stay tuned for more updates on the Carnegiecentre website.