South Korea defeated China to clinch the Sudirman Cup on Sunday, overturning a 2-1 deficit to finish 3-2 in Australia to wrest the trophy away from China’s clutches, who won five on the trot since 2005.
Choi Sol-gyu and Chae Yoo-Jung sealed the title win with their mixed doubles victory against the team of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, landing Koreans with their first Sudirman Cup since 2003. Korea denied China with their sixth straight Sudirman Cup, winning their fourth title.
Ten-time Champions China looked poised for their eleventh title when Olympic and World Champion Chen Long dispatched Jeon Hyeok-jin 21-10 21-10 en route to a convincing opening match win to give China a 2-1 lead over their Asian foes. Korea’s All-England Champions Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee brought the match to level terms with a pulsating women’s doubles win over their Chinese opponents Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan.
South Korea made the decision to leave out men’s singles world number one Son wan-ho out of their line-up for the deciding clash but Choi, who earlier in the night was unsuccessful in his men’s doubles tie, stepped up in the mixed doubles tie along with Chae and delivered the result in favor of the Koreans.
The South Korean mixed doubles duo dominated the All England and Asian Champions in their clash with Choi using his power and strength to disorient his counterpart. It was the 23-year-old Huang’s backhand that was again at fault on championship point when she could only find her shot land into the net at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Center.
Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan’s 21-14 21-15 win over Choi and Seo earlier in the day gave China a 1-0 advantage with world championship bronze medalist Sung Ji-hyun making it all square in the women’s singles contest with a 21-12 21-16 victory over Chinese southpaw He Bingjiao.