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Taiwan duo win women’s doubles in badminton open

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA , SEOUL

Top seeds Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin from Taiwan defeated South Korea’s Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Kung-won on Sunday to win the women’s doubles title at the Yonex Korea Open Super Series in Seoul.

Cheng and Chien stopped their second-seeded South Korean opponents in straight sets, 21-19, 21-8.

ROCKY START

The Taiwanese pair got off to a rocky start in the first set, falling behind 11-5, but seemed more comfortable together after taking a break.

They fought back to tie the set at 19-19 and then closed it out by taking the final two points.

Riding the momentum of their first set comeback, the Taiwanese duo coasted past the South Koreans in the second set to clinch the title.

WINNINGS

Cheng and Chien won US$27,000 for their efforts at the US$300,000 tournament, which featured a total of 175 men and women from 21 countries.

The team from Denmark was the biggest winner in the competition, walking away with three of the tournament’s five titles — in the men’s singles, women’s singles and men’s doubles.

The host team of South Korea only managed to win the mixed doubles event.

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