Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

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Giant Russian Vladimir Ivanov achieves a major upset by defeating Jan O Jorgensen at the Victor Korea Open Superseries Premier event. Ivanov, known for his towering height of six-feet, four inches, had previously lost all three head-to-head matches against Jorgensen. However, he turned the tables this time, maintaining his composure in a tense second game. Despite Jorgensen saving one match point, Ivanov converted the second, winning 21-17 22-20 and advancing to the quarter-finals.

Ivanov’s next opponent is Du Pengyu, the last Chinese player in the Men’s Singles. Du showcased his skills by defeating Hsu Jen Hao from Chinese Taipei with a score of 21-8 21-15, remaining determined to secure his first-ever Superseries title.

Notably, the quarter-final line-up for the Men’s Singles will showcase players from seven different nationalities. Top seed Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia was joined by his compatriot Chong Wei Feng, who overcame qualifier Gao Huan from China with a score of 14-21 21-18 21-15. Wong Wing Ki from Hong Kong also secured a three-set victory, defeating French Open finalist Viktor Axelsen with a score of 18-21 21-17 21-18.

In the Women’s Singles, there were two surprising upsets. Germany’s Juliane Schenk, who had frequently reached the semi-finals and finals in several Superseries tournaments last year, was defeated 21-19 21-8 by young Thai player Nichaon Jindapon. Additionally, seventh seed Jiang Yanjiao from China was beaten in straight games by Sung Ji Hyun from Korea with a score of 21-10 21-17. The only remaining seeds in the quarter-finals are Saina Nehwal from India (seeded 3) and Wang Shixian from China (seeded 5).

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The Women’s Doubles category is dominated by Chinese pairs, with four of them vying for semi-final berths. These pairs include top seeds Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli, Ma Jin/Tang Jinhua, and new combinations Tian Qing/Bao Yixin and Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei.

Noteworthy Highlights:

  • In the Mixed Doubles second round, Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White from England delivered an impressive performance by defeating eighth seeds Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Zieba from Poland with a score of 20-22 21-19 21-15. This victory, achieved after reuniting as a pair, sets them up for a clash with top seeds Xu Chen/Ma Jin.
  • The Men’s Doubles quarter-finals might witness an exciting performance from the young Chinese duo Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan, who previously won the Thailand Open GPG. However, they face a tough challenge as they have a 0-5 record against Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong from Malaysia.
  • Two promising Women’s Singles players suffered defeats: India’s PV Sindhu lost 19-21 13-21 to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk from Thailand, while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying was unable to handle China’s Han Li and lost 16-21 16-21.

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