World Championships bronze medalist Lee Sangsu of Korea has clinched the men’s singles title at the Asian Championships in Doha.
It was double delight for the Koreans as they also won the women’s doubles title through Jeon Jihee-Shin Yubin.
At the final hurdle, Sangsu, the number three seed, accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan 12-10, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 in a tension packed full distance five games encounter.
The win came after and equally tough semi-final encounter against Japan’s surprise semi-finalist, Shunsuke Togami. Sangsu trailed for much of the second and third games before securing a 8-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-6 victory.
Meanwhile, Chih-Yuan accounted for Jang Woojin, the top seeded Korean, 6-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-9 in the other semi-finals.
Woojin, who played a pivotal role for the Koreans in the team competition, ended up with second placed finish in the mixed doubles partnering Jeon Jihee and with Lim Jonghoon in the men’s doubles.
It is the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1952 in Singapore that a Korean has won the men’s singles title at an Asian Championships. It has taken almost 70 years and helped by the absence of the mighty Chinese players.
Jihee-Shin Yubin, the top seeds, captured women’s doubles gold by defeating Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem-Lee Ho Ching 11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4 in the final.
Earlier in the semi-finals, they defeated Japan’s Minami Ando-Miyu Nagasaki 11-8, 11-8, 11-9.
Hoi Kem-Ho Ching had sprung an upset by overcoming Chinese Taipei’s second seeded Chen Hsien-Tzu-Liu Hsing-Yin 11-9, 11-1, 11-3 in their semi-final tie.