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Badminton Stats: South Korean shuttlers who have won the Japan Open

The Japan Open is an annual badminton tournament in Japan. It became part of the BWF Super Series tournaments in 2007. BWF categorised Japan Open as one of the five BWF World Tour Super 750. This was part of the restructuring of the BWF events done since 2018. The 2023 Japan Open is the eighteenth tournament of the 2023 BWF World Tour. This tournament is organised by the Nippon Badminton Association and sanctioned by the BWF.

Who are some of the famous South Korean players to win the tournament?

1. Park Joo-bong & Chung Myung-hee (Event- Mixed Doubles, Year- 1988, 1989 & 1991)

Park Joo-bong & Chung Myung-hee became the Japan Open champion in 1988 by defeating Lee Deuk-Choon & Chung So-young of South Korea in the Mixed doubles finals. The duo got the walkover from their fellow countrymen in finals. However, this was not the only podium in the tournament in their career. Next year in 1989 they again defended their gold medal in the mixed doubles category. This time they defeated Lee Sang-bok & Chung So-young of South Korea. The final scoreline was 15-6 & 15-3. Park Joo-bong and Chung Myung-hee won for the third time in 1990. This time their opponent was Thomas Lund & Pernille Dupont of Denmark. The final scoreline was 15-10 & 15-12. The duo won their final gold in the tournament in 1991. This time again they were against a Danish pair of Jon Holst-Christensen & Grete Mogensen. The final scoreline of the match was 15-7 & 15-8. This Korean pair has ruled over the Japan Open and are therefore a part of the list.

2. Kim Moon-soo and Park Joo-bong (Event- Men’s Doubles, Year- 1985, 1990 & 1991)

Kim Moon-soo & Park Joo-bong became the Japan Open champion in 1985 by defeating Hadibowo & Christian Hadinata of Indonesia in the Men’s doubles finals. The final scoreline of the match was 17-16 & 15-2. However, this was not the only podium in the tournament in their career. Next in 1990, they got their second gold medal in the men’s doubles category. This time they defeated Li Yongbo & Tian Bingyi of China. The final scoreline was 3–15, 17–16 & 18–13. Kim Moon-soo and Park Joo-bong won for the third time in 1991. This time their opponent was the famous Sidek brothers from Malaysia Jalani Sidek & Razif Sidek. The game could not progress to the second set as the Sidek brothers withdrew due to injury. The final scoreline stood at 15-4 for the first set. Due to their impeccable record in the Japan Open, the pair make it to the list.

3. Ra Kyung-min (Event- Women’s doubles & Mixed doubles, Year-1996,1998, 2002 & 2004)

Ra Kyung-min & Park Joo-bong became the Japan Open champion in 1996 by defeating Kim Dong-moon & Gil Young-ah of South Korea in the mixed doubles finals. The final scoreline of the match was 17-16 & 15-2. However, this was not the only podium in the tournament in their career. Next in 1998, she won the mixed doubles with Kim Dong-moon. This time they defeated Jens Eriksen & Marlene Thomsen of Denmark. The final scoreline was 15–12 & 15–9. Ra Kyung-min won again the women’s doubles with Lee Kyung-won against Gao Ling & Huang Sui of China (7–5, 1–7, 7–2, 6–8, 7–1). That year she won the mixed doubles also with Kim Dong-moon against Jens Eriksen & Marlene Thomsen of Denmark (15-12 & 15-9). Kyung won the final title in 2004 in women’s doubles with Lee Kyung-won. The duo won against the Chinese pair of Wei Yili & Zhao Tingting (15-6, 5-15 & 15-1).

Who are the South Korean players to win the Japan Open? 

YearChampionCategory
1981Hwang Sun-aiWomen’s Singles
1985Kim Moon-soo and Park Joo-bongMen’s doubles
1985Kim Yun-ja and Yoo Sang-heeWomen’s doubles
1987Lee Deuk-choon and Chung Myung-heeMixed doubles
1988Chung Myung-hee and Chung So-youngWomen’s doubles
1988Park Joo-bong and Chung Myung-heeMixed doubles
1989Lee Sang-bok and Park Joo-bongMen’s doubles
1989Park Joo-bong and Chung Myung-heeMixed doubles
1990Kim Moon-soo and Park Joo-bongMen’s doubles
1990Park Joo-bong and Chung Myung-heeMixed doubles
1991Kim Moon-soo and Park Joo-bongMen’s doubles
1991Park Joo-bong and Chung Myung-heeMixed doubles
1992Chung So-young and Hwang Hye-youngMen’s doubles
1994Chung So-young and Gil Young-ahMen’s doubles
1996Gil Young-ah and Jang Hye-ockWomen’s doubles
1996Park Joo-bong and  Ra Kyung-minMixed doubles
1998Kim Dong-moon and Ra Kyung-minMixed doubles
1999Ha Tae-Kwon and Kim Dong-moonMen’s doubles
2002Lee Hyun-il Men’s singles
2002Lee Kyung-won and Ra Kyung-minWomen’s doubles
2002Kim Dong-moon and Ra Kyung-minMixed doubles
2004Ha Tae-Kwon and  Kim Dong-moonMen’s doubles
2004Lee Kyung-won and Ra Kyung-minWomen’s doubles
2012Kim Gi-Jung and  Kim Sa-rangMen’s doubles
2015Lee Yong-Dae and Yoo Yeon-SeongMen’s doubles
2019Kim So-Yeong and Kong Hee-yongWomen’s doubles
2022Jeong Na-eun and Kim Hye-jeongWomen’s doubles

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