Ratchanok defeated in Korea final

World No.3 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand failed to kickstart the new season with a bang after losing to Wang Yihan of China 13-21, 19-21 in the women's singles final of the BWF Superseries Korea Open at the Olympic Gymnasium 2 in Seoul on Sunday.

It was the Thai world champion's eighth consecutive loss against the world No.4, who was also world champion in 2011.

An error-strewn performance from the 18-year-old Ratchanok handed Wang a big lead at 18-7 and the Chinese proceeded to take the opening game without much trouble.

Ratchanok started off well in the second game by taking a 4-1 lead. But Wang rallied with some inspired defensive effortd to make it 5-5 and then raced into a 14-9 lead.

Ratchanok recovered to equal the scoreline at 18-18 and 19-19 before Wang took the next two points to wrap up the title in 46 minutes.

Ratchanok overcame defending champion Sung Ji-Hyun of Korea 24-22, 11-21, 21-17 in the semi-finals while Wang Yihan defeated compatriot Wang Shixian 21-19, 21-12.

In the men's singles final, world No.2 Chen Long of China proved too strong for world No.1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia as he beat the defending champion 21-14, 21-15 in just under an hour.

It was Chen's first win in the Korea Open while Lee was a three-time champion (2010, 2012, 2013).

In the women's doubles, fifth seeds Bao Yixin and Tao JInhua of China beat compatriots Luo Ying and Luo Yu 21-17, 21-15. Top seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark took home the men's doubles title after beating China's Fu Haifeng and Hong Wei 21-12, 21-17.

Top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei won the all-Chinese battle in the mixed doubles final against No.2 Xu Chen and Ma Jin 21-18, 21-18.

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