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India Open 2023: An Seyoung defeats Akane Yamaguchi to win Women's Singles Title
1/22/2023 10:07:27 PM
NEW DELHI, Jan 22: An Seyoung snapped a run of losses against two-time world champion Akane Yamaguchi with a come-from-behind win in the women's singles final, becoming the first Korean to win the India Open in New Delhi on Sunday. The 20-year-old, who had gone down fighting in a similar three-game summit clash at the Malaysia Open last week, dished out her repertoire of attacking and defensive shots during a 15-21 21-16 21-12 win over the world number one Japanese.
"I knew that the match will be another long battle. So I had made up my mind to be ready," she said with the help of an interpreter after her 72-minute battle, which helped her to reduce her head-to-head count against the Japanese to 6-10.
The world number 4 from Gwangju, the most prominent name to come up in women's singles in the last few years, has defeated all big players in world badminton.
On Saturday, An Seyoung added two-time World championships bronze medallist He Bingjiao of China to her long list of big scalps in her fifth attempt on way to her second successive world tour final of the season.
An Seyoung didn't have a good start after coming into the final following four straight losses. From 6-6, Yamaguchi had stepped ahead to close out the opening game comfortably.
At interval of the second game, the Korean was once again lagging by two-point after fluffing the lines from being tied at 8-8. Pepped up by coach Sung Ji Hyun, An Seyoung started to up the pace and tried to play more angled returns.
Using cross court drops and slices, she started controlling the rallies as Yamaguchi erred with the lines.
An Seyoung made her opponent run corner to corner using reverse slice and drops. The Japanese also missed the lines and fumbled at the nets to allow the Korean to take the match to the decider. The third game was a physical battle as the duo engaged in some energy-sapping rallies. After a 51-shot rally, An Seyoung lay on the court after misjudging the shuttle.
Yamaguchi won two long rallies, but An Seyoung produced some acute angled shots to recover from 3-6 down to 7-7 before moving to 11-8.
Yamaguchi came close to 11-13 but couldn't breach the gap with the Korean grabbing eight match points and sealing it when the Japanese hit the net.
"I was fighting with my strength. I ran fast in the opening game, but I was making mistakes, so I worked on it and I was better in the second and third game," An Seyoung said.
"I don't think she made many mistakes. Both of us are quite fast on court and we played really well. I actually don't know how I managed to win this."
It has been a meteoric rise for An Seyoung, who was included in the national team as a 15-year-old in 2017. Still, a first middle school student, she became a part of the world junior championships bronze-winning mixed team and went on to help Korea win the bronze in 2018 Uber Cup.
Her giant-killing run, however, started a year later when she won five titles out of six finals, beating the likes of London gold medallist Li Xuerui, Carolina Marin and her compatriot Sung Ji-Hyun, who became her coach a few years later.
With 11 world tour titles and a world championships bronze medal, the 20-year-old has emerged as Korea's biggest hope at the Olympics.
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