World Championships: Ko/Shin stuns Lee/Yoo in all-Korean final


2014 World Championships | August 25-31 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Ko Sung Hyun, Shin Baek Choel
Ko Sung Hyun (left) and Shin Baek Choel on their knees after championship point. © Badmintonphoto
Final day notes & results
Former World No.1 teammates Lee Yong Dae and Ko Sung Hyun faced off against each other in the men’s doubles final. Four of the five final matches lasted over an hour. Here’s the final results:
  MS Chen Long [2] CHN 21-19, 21-19 MAS Lee Chong Wei [1]  
  WS Carolina Marin [9] ESP 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 CHN Li Xuerui [1]  
  MD Ko Sung Hyun [12] KOR
Shin Baek Choel KOR
22-20, 21-23, 21-18 KOR Lee Yong Dae [2]
KOR Yoo Yeon Seong
Tian Qing [5] CHN
Zhao Yunlei CHN
21-19, 21-15 CHN Yu Yang [4]
CHN Wang Xiaoli
  XD Zhang Nan [1] CHN
Zhao Yunlei CHN
21-12, 21-23, 21-13 CHN Xu Chen [2]
CHN Ma Jin
Ko Sung Hyun, Shin Baek Choel
Three Korean teams made it to the last four of the men's doubles.

"Victory Number": 5
The number of match points Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong needed in their nail-biting semifinals defeat of local hope, Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, who were once a No.1 team as well. Lee and Yoo led by 21-12 and 20-14 only to see the Danes fought back to 20-18. They finally closed out the gate the next point when Boe/Mogensen’s attack sailed just long, but had to wait another 30 seconds after a failed “challenge” from the no.3 seeds.
Lee Yong Dae, Yoo Yeon Seong
Yoo Yeon Seong (left) and Lee Yong Dae overcame the Danish No.1s. © Badmintonphoto

Player of the week
21-year-old Carolina Marin became the first Spaniard to ever reach a World Championship final, and also became the first European World Champion in the women’s singles for 15 years, after she came through an epic battle over top seed Li Xuerui.

Battle of the week
VICTOR player, 20-year-old Indonesian Anggia Shitta Awanda and Della Destiara Haris sent shockwaves to the women’s doubles draw by beating the World No.1 team and the hot favorite Bao Yixin/Tang Jinhua, 21-14 21-18, in the second round with formidable attack and defense combinations. Their dream run ended in the quarterfinals by eventual winners Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei. Zhao made it double as she did at the 2012 London Olympics as she won also in the mixed with Zhang Nan.

VICTOR STAR of the week 
Former No.1, Ko Sung Hyun teamed up with Shin Baek Choel and surprised his No.1 partner back then, Lee Yong Dae, with a lively performance of consistent intensity. Although the current World No.1s, Lee and Yoo Yeon Seong, appeared to aim at the less experienced Shin, equipped with a powerful VICTOR TK-9000Shin stayed tenacious for a match of his life, by the scores of nerve-wracking 22-20 21-23 21-18.
Lee Yong Dae, Yoo Yeon Seong
Yoo (front) and Lee moved to the men's doubles World No.1 two weeks ago. It is a third time Lee reaches the top with a third different partner. © Badmintonphoto

( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )