BANUINVEST INT’L – Hwang starts her Quest toward Top 16

Hwang Hye Youn of Korea was crowned winner of the Banuinvest International Series tournament, in Timisoara, Romania, this Sunday. This win might not see her move too far from her […]

ImageHwang Hye Youn of Korea was crowned winner of the Banuinvest tournament, in Timisoara, Romania, this Sunday. This win might not see her move too far from her of 30th, but it’s a start in her quest to get in the top 16 to qualify for Beijing.

Raphael Sachetat. Photo: Badmintonphoto (archives)

Hwang Hye Youn has a little over a month to get into the top 16, as her compatriot is most likely to stay there and qualify for the . No other option, then, for the All England semi-finalist, who competed in the Banu Invest Romania Internationals this weekend. And, as expected, she won the tournament quite easily, clinching the 2500 points along with the gold. It was the first ever international tournament win for the two-time Korean champion.

Yet, the road is still quite long for the Korean, who needs nearly 11,000 points to get into the top 16. Her win in Romania actually only gives her another 500 points to add to her 10 best results, so she will definitely have to fare well in the upcoming events, the India Open and the Asian Championships, which will be crucial to her as to others.

Ville Lang from Finland will see this win as a blessing as well, as he is likely to take a seat among the first reserves on the Dummy Olympic list, right behind the last qualifying spot held now by Swede Sahlberg.

The Finn was lucky to get past the first round when he won 22-20 in the deciding game against 3rd seed Koukal from Czech Republic. Two days later, he was wearing gold after a convincing win over Raul Must of Estonia 21-17, 21-18. The other winners are Metodiev/Yankov from Bulgaria in men’s doubles, Golovanaova/Propopenko from Russia in ladies’ doubles and Makarski/Dimova in the mixed.

Canada’s Reid and McKee, meanwhile, might have missed a chance to get important ground on their main rivals, Lee and Mangalakiri of USA for the only ladies’ doubles spot reserved for the Americas. The Canadians were beaten in the semi-final, while the US citizens lost to the same pair, but one stage further, getting more points for the same effort.

Final results :
Villa Lang (FIN) beat Raul Must (EST) : 21-17 – 21-18
Hwang Hye Youn (KOR) beat Olga Golovanova (RUS) : 21-13, 21-7
Metodiev/Yankov (BUL) beat Moren/Rogalski (POL) : 21-17, 14-21, 21-15
Golovanova/Propopenko (RUS) beat Lee/Mangkalakiri (USA) : 21-18, 21-15
Makarski/Dimova (BUL) beat Moren/Kurdelska (POL) : 21-15, 10-21, 21-18

All results HERE

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.