CHINESE TAIPEI OPEN 2011 QF – Korean conquistadors

Despite losing Shon Wan Ho in the men’s singles and four double teams with him, the Korean delegation still finished Friday well on its way to dominating the two remaining […]

Despite losing Shon Wan Ho in the men’s singles and four double teams with him, the Korean delegation still finished Friday well on its way to dominating the two remaining days of the . Especially in the men’s doubles, the Koreans are shining, with three out of four semi-finalist pairs.

By Elm Vandevorst, Badzine Correspondent.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (archives)

While first and second seeded pairs Jung Jae Sung / Lee Yong Dae and Ko Sung Hyun / Yoo Yeon Seong were expected to proceed this far into the tournament, the third remaining Korean twosome is one of this tournament’s revelations. Ousting third seeded pair Markis Kido / Hendra Setiawan quite easily, Kim Ki Jung and Shin Baek Cheol (pictured) survived the quarters in two short games. Kim Ki Jung, a two-time bronze medallist at the World Junior Championships, had a brief bit of success early this year in a short stint with Kim Sa Rang. Now in his attempt to close the gap with the best Korean doubles pairs, he has continued to post results after being reunited with Shin Baek Cheol.