So close: semi-final heartbreak for Hong Kong’s Wong Wing-ki in Korea Open as China’s Qiao Bin advances

The 26-year-old lost 21-18, 21-16 in 53 minutes at the Badminton World Federation event

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 6:58pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 6:58pm

China’s Qiao Bin survived a stiff test from Hong Kong’s Wong Wing-ki to advance to the men’s singles final at the Badminton World Federation Korea Open on Saturday.

Qiao defeated Wong 21-18, 21-16 as Wong , who survived a long quarter-final the previous day, couldn’t quite dig deep enough.

“He was quicker than me today,” said Wong. “I think my long quarter-final against Tian Houwei yesterday made me slightly slower”.

Qiao will meet South Korea’s Son Wan-ho, who defeated compatriot Lee Hyun-il 21-13, 14-21, 21-10 to secure a berth at the final.

In the women’s tournament, South Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun made her second straight Korea Open final by routing younger teammate Kim Hyo-min 21-5, 21-10.

Sung will meet with Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, who brushed aside compatriot Minatsu Mitani, 21-17, 21-11.