Korea Open 2022: China's Weng Hong Yang stuns Jonatan Christie to clinch the men's singles title

An Seyoung defeated Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong to become the first home grown player to win the women’s singles event in seven years. 

China's Weng Hong Yang beat Jonatan Christie to win the Korea Open men's singles title; Credit: Twitter/@campelones

China’s Weng Hong Yang stunned Jonatan Christie to clinch the men’s singles title at the 2022 Korea Open championship on Sunday. The world no156 produced one of the finest comebacks of the tournament to defeat world no 8 Christie with a scoreline of 12-21, 21-19, 21-15. Meanwhile local girl An Seyoung defeated Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong to become the first home grown player to win the women’s singles event in seven years. 

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As expected, Christie, who is playing in his second consecutive BWF final, won the first game with ease 21-12. But Weng fought hard in the second game to take the two point lead at the break. Christie quickly canceled out Weng’s lead after the break and both shuttlers were going neck-and-neck.

The scores were tied at 15-15 when then Christie took a two point lead followed by a long shot from Weng. The scores were no 19-15 in favour of the Indonesian. Just when it looked like Christie was in control and was moving towards the title, Weng took four points  and leveled the scores at 19-19. The Chinese then forced the decider by taking the next two points.

In the deciding game, Weng took a 11-7 lead at the break.The third seed Indonesian tried to fight back by making it 15-16, but Weng managed to hold his nerve and sealed the game and the title.  

An Seyoung wins women’s singles title

In the women’s singles, 20-year-old Seyoung prevailed over the Tahi after a tightly fought contest. Both shuttlers fought hard and in the end, Seyoung’s athleticism and endurance helped her to get the better of the Thai, who was exhausted. 

“After the tie, I could see Chochuwong had reached her physical limit,” An said after the match, according to Yonhap news agency.

“I sensed it was my chance and created situations so Chochuwong had to run a little more.”

She said she had never lost against Chochuwong, but added: “I feel the pressure to beat her again, so she’s not a comfortable opponent.”

“I analyse and study my opponent before going to bed the night before the game,” An said. “I think it paid off this time.”

The mixed doubles crown went to second seeds Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing from Malaysia while the womens’ doubles title was claimed by the home side of Jeong ni Eun and Kim Hye Jeong. Later, Korea’s Kang Minhyuk and Seo Seungjae came from a game down to beat defending men’s doubles champions Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto in a thriller. 



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