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Lee Yong-dae (front) and new partner Yoo Yeon-seong clinch the Denmark Open men's doubles title after beating world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the final on Sunday. - EPA
ODENSE: South Korea’s new pairing of Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong clinched their first title after beating world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in the final of the Denmark Open on Sunday.
Yong -dae-Yeon-seong, who have been improving in every match they played, outclassed a below-par Ahsan-Setiawan 21-19, 21-16 in just 33 minutes.
They were superior in every aspect and the Indonesians simply struggled to find their rhythm, and a way back into the match.
“This is the first time we’re playing together and we had a great start which gave us the confidence we needed,” said Yong-dae.
Yeon-seong added that they were actually very nervous before the Danish meet and trained extra hard in order to prepare for this tournament.
“We were nervous before coming here and there was a lot of pressure on us too. We practised together in extra hours just to prepare for this tournament,” said Yeon-seong
Meanwhile Yong-dae, arguably one of the best doubles player, who is without a regular partner since Chung Jae-sung retired after the London Olympics last year, believes that he has finally found his ideal partner for years to come.
“I was a bit worried about my chances in doubles as my partnership with (Ko) Sung-hyun was not going too well,” said Yong-dae, whose partnership with Sung-hyun only lasted less than a year.
“Ideally, the plan is for our partnership to last long because I’m actually pretty envious towards other players who have regular partners.
“This win is exactly what we need in order to kick-start our partnership, but it’s still too early...there’re still a lot of tournaments to come,” added Yong-dae.
Meanwhile there was no double delight for the Koreans as 2011 world champion Wang Yihan battled hard from a game down to beat Sung Ji-hyun 16-21, 21-18, 22-20 in the women’s singles final.
It was the 25-year-old Yihan’s second Danish title since 2010 and it certainly marked the world No.5’s return to her very best.
“It was self determination which carried me through and I did not want to give up despite losing the first game,” said Yihan.
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Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong, Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, badminton, Denmark Open, Wang Yihan
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