“Ahn Se-young? We still lack the ability to manage various games.”
Kim Hak-kyun, general manager of the Korean badminton team, pointed out the defeat after Ahn Se-young (21, Samsung Life Insurance), who is ranked 4th in the world ranking, was frustrated on the threshold of winning.
Ahn Se-young lost 1-2 메이저사이트 (21-12, 19-21, 11-21) to No. 1 Yamaguchi Akane (26, Japan) in the 2023 World Badminton Federation (BWF) Malaysia Open women’s singles final held at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on the afternoon of the 15th. ) suffered a painful come-from-behind defeat.
This tournament is a special event in the BWF Super 1000 Series, and the runner-up is a valuable result because the world’s top rankers from 1st to 4th all mobilized. However, Ahn Se-young suffered four consecutive losses to Yamaguchi since May of last year. It seems that a new strategy is needed to catch him who has become a ‘nemesis’.
In a phone call with Sports Seoul after the game, coach Kim said, “We have to prepare for the next competition and fill in what we lack.”
Ahn Se-young gained momentum by winning the first game of the day 21-12, but in the second game, after a bloody battle, he unfortunately lost 19-21, providing an excuse for a reversal. In game 3, she was weak in the second half and lost helplessly by 10 points.
Ahn Se-young recorded 5 wins and 10 losses in the match against Akane Yamaguchi with the defeat that day. In the semifinals the previous day, she was Ahn Se-young, who had gained momentum by beating world second-ranked Chen Yu-fei (25, China) 2-1 (21-12, 19-21, 21-9), but she lost strength to Yamaguchi.
In the women’s doubles final held earlier in the day, world ranking 20th place Baek Ha-na (23, MG Saemaul Geumgo) – Lee Yoo-rim (23, Samsung Life Insurance) 0-2 (16-21, 10-21 ), but won a valuable silver medal.
In the men’s singles, World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark won the title. In mixed doubles, China’s Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, world number one, and in men’s doubles, Indonesia’s Fazar Alifahan and Muhammad Ryan Adrianto reached the top.