Home hope Son to face Liew in Korea final

Local favourite and top seed Son Wan Ho will face Malaysia’s Daren Liew in Sunday’s final of the Korea Masters Championpionships in Jeju.

Son was made to work hard at times as he defeated Indian shuttler Kashyap Parupalli 23-21, 21-16 in his semi-final encounter.

Parupalli had defeated Son in two of their five previous encounters, and had his chances to pick up a third win on Saturday – particularly during the first game which was tight throughout and was anyone’s for the taking when the scores were locked at 21-all.

But Son won the last two points to snatch the first game and then managed to pull away late in the second game to book his place in the final.

Liew was up against Taipei’s Chen Chun-Wei in the other semi-final, but was dominant throughout as he wrapped up a 21-13, 21-7 victory in just 32 minutes.

Sung Ji Hyun

The women’s final is an all-Korean affair between Lee Jang Mi and Sung Ji Hyun.

Lee defeated Japan’s Natsuki Nidaira 21-14, 21-16, while Sung dispatched countrywoman Kim Ga Eun 21-13, 21-8.