▲ Badminton women’s doubles team Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong celebrates scoring against Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Nagahara Wakana in the women’s doubles quarterfinals match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games held at Musashinonomori Sports Plaza in Tokyo, Japan on the 29th. (Tokyo (Japan)=AP/Newsis)
The two Korean national teams who participated in the women’s badminton doubles at the Tokyo Olympics succeeded in advancing to the quarterfinals together.
The world ranking 4th place, Sohee Lee and Seungchan Shin (over 27, Incheon International Airport), defeated Selena Pick and Cheryl Seinen of the Netherlands 2-0 in the women’s doubles quarterfinals match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games held at Musashinonomori Sports Plaza in Tokyo, Japan on the 29th. Overwhelmed by (21-8, 21-17), they decided to advance to the quarterfinals. This is the second good news after Kim So-young (29, Incheon International Airport) and Gong Hee-yong (25, Jeonbuk Bank) advanced to the quarterfinals earlier.
Korea secured one medal as two badminton women’s doubles groups each advanced to the semi-finals. According to the draw, these groups do not meet in the quarterfinals. If both groups win in the semifinals, they will meet in the gold medal match. Even if they lose in the quarter-finals, the Korean national team will face off in the bronze medal match.
Sohee Lee and Seungchan Shin, ranked 4th in the world, advanced to the quarterfinals by overwhelming the Netherlands, which is ranked 17th in the world.
Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan, who won the first set 21-8 in 16 minutes, maintained the lead in the second set and defeated them 21-17.
In the previous match, Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong, ranked 5th in the world, defeated Japan’s Matsumoto Mayu and Nagahara Wakana, ranked 2nd, with a set score 2-1 (21-14, 14-21, 28-26) after a fierce battle.
Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong, who defeated Japan 21-14 in the first set, gave up the second set and started the match again from the beginning.
In the third set, the game seemed to lead to 3-6 and 5-8. However, Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong did not give up until the end.
After catching up with a one-point difference from 9-10, even after conceding a match point, they pursued 19-20, eventually creating a deuce. After a fierce battle until 26-26, he induced a penalty and won 28-26 in the 73 minutes of the game.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for the morning of the 31st. Sohee Lee and Seungchan Shin will face off against Indonesia’s Gracia Poly-Apriyani Rahayu, who is ranked 6th in the world, and Soyoung Kim and Heeyong Gong will face off against China’s Cheonqingcheon and Zaipan, ranked 3rd in the world.