He defeats China’s He Bingjiao in Japan Open final wins second straight title with superb shot-making
World No. 1 at the Australian Open next week
Women’s Doubles ‘Kim Kong Duo’ Kim So-young-Gong Hee-yong
Defeated world’s strongest pair for third time this year
‘Shuttlecock genius‘ Ahn Se-young (21-Samsung Life – World No. 2) won her seventh international title of the season. She now needs just 454 ranking points to move to No. 1.
Ahn defeated He Bingjiao (26-China, No. 5) 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) in the women’s singles final of the 2023 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Japan Open at Yoyogi No. 1 Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday. Ahn had met He Bingzhao four times before last year, losing all four times, but this year she has won five straight matches to take a 5-4 head-to-head lead.
Ahn, who won her second straight title after winning the Korea Open last week, earned 11,000 ranking points for her victory. This brings her total ranking points over the last 52 weeks (one year) to 151,134. This is 11,577 points more than world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi (26-Japan-139,737).
However, the BWF only takes into account the results of the 10 tournaments in which a player earned the most ranking points when determining the world ranking. According to this calculation, Ahn has 100,406 points, which is 453 points less than Yamaguchi (100,4517). Because of this, Ahn is still ranked second despite reaching 11 finals in 12 international events this year and winning seven of them.
The good news is that her ‘shot feeling’ is still at its peak. In the finals of the India Open and Singapore Open, Ahn defeated World No. 1 Yamaguchi to win the title, and in the final of the All-England Open, she defeated Chen Yufei (25-China-3), who was 2-9 against her up to that point. It had been 27 years since a South Korean had won the singles title at the world’s most prestigious event since Hwang Soo-hyun (51-retired) in 1996.
If Ahn continues her current form, she could be the No. 1 player at the Australian Open next week. No South Korean women’s singles player has been ranked No. 1 in the world in nearly 27 years, since Hwang Soo-hyun surrendered the top spot on Aug. 26, 1996. Only Sung Ji-hyun (32, current national coach) and Ahn Se-young (32, current national coach) have reached the No. 2 spot since Hwang retired after winning gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The “Kim Kong Duo” of Kim So-young (31-Incheon International Airport) and Gong Hee-yong (27-Bank of Korea) are back at the top of the women’s doubles standings at the Japan Open. The world No. 3 pair defeated China’s No. 1 pair of Chen Qingcheng and Zhao Zifan (over 26) 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) in the final earlier in the day to avenge a 1-2 loss in the final of the Korea Open last week. The victory was Kim So-young-Gong Hee-yong’s third title of the year after winning the Korea Open and Thailand Open, 카지노사이트 marking their return to the Japan Open for the first time since 2019.