Malaysia's charge in Korean Open fizzles out

INCHEON CITY (South Korea): Malaysia’s challenge in the Korean Open ended with the exit of Yeoh Kay Bin and Ong Ewe Hock in the third round of the men’s singles at the Dowon Indoor Stadium here yesterday. 

They were eliminated in contrasting fashions in the five-star (US$200,000) tournament. 

The 23-year-old Kay Bin, who was beaten in the second round of the Japan Open last week, crashed to a 3-15, 3-15 defeat by South Korean Park Tae-sang. 

The 31-year-old Ewe Hock put up a fight against Hong Kong’s Agus Hariyanto before losing 15-11, 10-15, 11-15. 

Kay Bin was disappointed not to reach the last eight. 

“I have only made it to the quarter-finals once since I represented the country in 1996,” said Kay Bin, who made it to the last eight at the Swiss Open in 2001. 

“I am determined to go beyond the last eight in an Open tournament before the end of the year.” 

Top seed Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark stayed on track for the men’s singles title, beating Germany's Bjoern Joppien 15-8, 15-2. He will play against Agus in the quarter-finals. 

Tae-sang will take on teammate Shon Seung-mo while another Korean, Lee Hyun-il, will meet former world champion Peter Rasmussen of Denmark. 

Another Dane, the second-seeded Anders Boesen, ended the gallant run of Hong Kong’s Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama with a 15-10, 15-11 win to set up a meeting with Korean Park Seong-hwan. 

Yohan had in the first round defeated All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia. 



    Third round:

  • Kenneth Jonassen (Den) bt Bjoern Joppien (Ger) 15-8, 15-2; Agus Hariyanto (Hkg) bt Ong Ewe Hock (Mas) 11-15, 15-10, 15-11; Lee Hyun-il (Kor) bt Niels Christian Kaldau (Den) 15-11, 1-15, 15-4; Peter Rasmussen (Den) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 7-15, 15-7, 15-7; Shon Seung-mo (Kor) bt Ronald Susilo (Sin) 15-9, 15-2; Park Tae-sang (Kor) bt Yeoh Kay Bin (Mas) 15-3, 15-3; Park Seong-hwan (Kor) bt Ahn Hyun-suk (Kor) 15-13, 5-15, rtd; Anders Boesen (Den) bt Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama 15-10, 15-11. 

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