South Korea, led by Ahn Se-young (Samsung Life Insurance), won its first victory in the Sudirman Cup of the World Mixed Badminton Championships.
Korea beat France 4-1 in the first match of Group D of the 2023 World Badminton Federation (BWF) Sudirman Cup held in Suzhou, China on the 14th.
The Sudirman Cup메이저놀이터, the world mixed national badminton competition, is held every two years. In this event, each country will form a team in men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles to determine the championship.
Each match is played in the order of mixed doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles, and the first player to win 3 wins.
Korea met France in the first game of the tournament. It was Kim Won-ho (Samsung Life Insurance) and Jeong Na-eun (Hwasun-gun Office) team of mixed doubles who broke the start. Kim Won-ho and Jung Na-eun defeated France’s Tom Gequel and Delphine Delou 2-0 (21-18 21-17).
South Korea, which showed a good start, had Lee Yun-gyu (Army Army Sports Corps) in the men’s singles that followed. Yunkyu Lee lost 0-2 (8-21 18-21) to Christo Popov.
However, ‘Ace’ Ahn Se-young, who started in the women’s singles, defeated Qishupei 2-0 (21-7 21-14).
The men’s doubles team Kang Min-hyeok (Samsung Life Insurance) and Seo Seung-jae (Army Sports Corps), who took over the baton, defeated Lucas Corby-Ronan Labar 2-1 (21-16 18-21 21-19).
After confirming victory, Korea’s ‘Kim Kong Group’ Kim So-young (Incheon International Airport) – Gong Hee-yong (Jeonbuk Bank) participated in the women’s doubles final. Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong finished the first leg of the group stage by beating Margot Lambert-Anne Tran 2-0 (21-8 21-16).
Korea will meet England in the second round of the group stage on the 15th.
Meanwhile, TV channels SPOTV and SPOTV ON, and sports OTT service SPOTV NOW broadcast major matches of the Sudirman Cup via satellite. It will also be broadcast live on SPOTV ASIA (Spotv Asia). Sporty Asia is a channel broadcasting to 13 countries in Southeast Asia, and broadcasts tennis grand slam tournaments such as Wimbledon and US Open, men’s professional tennis ATP tour, motorcycle racing competition MotoGP (GP), WTT (World Table Tennis) table tennis competition, and BWF ( World Badminton Federation) Badminton competition, International Sports Climbing (IFSC), Sports Climbing World Cup, etc. are provided.