The IELTS combination missed the top 4! Losing two consecutive defeats to South Korea's Shinke World Championship, Guoyu mixed doubles collective out
On September 8, the 2023 BWF Tour Super 1000 China Open was held in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. The opening match was marked by a battle of highlights, with reigning mixed doubles champions and top-seeded Kokuyu IELTS pair Jeong Si Si / Hwang Ya Kyung facing South Korean pair Seo Seung-jae / Choi Yoo Kyung-hyun. In the end, the IELTS combination once again experienced three hard battles, also losing 1-2 in the big score, suffering two consecutive defeats against the Korean combination, unfortunately missing the last 4, and missing four consecutive championships. At this point, all the mixed doubles of Guoyu are out, and the collective missed the top 4.
The China Open, as the top circuit, has resumed this year since 2019. In the mixed doubles event, the IELTS team has won three consecutive titles, and this year they are also competing as defending champions. At last month's World Championships in Copenhagen, the two were also defending champions, and although they won all the way to the final, they were defeated 2-1 by the South Korean pair Seo Seungjae / Choi Yoo-hyun in the final, unfortunately did not defend their title and missed the opportunity to achieve the quadruple title.
In this China Open, the two pairs have a narrow road and are in the 1/4 zone, so if they win the first two rounds, they will reach the round of eight. As a result, after the first three competition days, the IELTS team finally met the Xu Cai team again as they wished, and another encounter began. In fact, before the World Championship final, the IELTS combination maintained the crushing advantage of nine wins against the Korean team, but unfortunately, the first defeat happened in the World Championship final, missing out on the precious title. At that time, they fought fiercely for three games, and the IELTS combination lost 17-21, 21-10, 18-21.
In the 1/4 final, the IELTS combination maintained its lead in the first game and won 21-17. At the beginning of the second game, IELTS fell behind, but then led 10-7 at one point, and at the crucial moment, the IELTS combination suddenly dropped and was hit by the opponent with a 12-1 counter-attack climax, thus losing 13-21, the big score was tied, and the two sides fought for the tiebreaker again. In the tiebreaker, the IELTS combination started behind again, and after that, although they tried hard to chase points, they always lagged behind. When trailing 15-19, Huang Yaqiong applied for a medical timeout, but in the end it was difficult to change the situation, and finally lost again 17-21, the big score was 1-2, and it was reversed and missed the last 4!