South Korea saved two championship points before rallying to defeat Indonesia 3-2 and retain
South Korea saved two championship points before rallying to defeat Indonesia 3-2 and retain the Sudirman Cup at the World Badminton Championships Sunday.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) _ The Koreans were down two matches to one and were losing 15-6, 14-11 in the women’s doubles, but came back to win the match and the following men’s doubles to keep the Cup they won at Copenhagen in 1991.
Park Joo Bong and Gil Young Ah put South Korea into the lead with a 15-2, 15-7 win over Aryono Miranat and Elisa in the opening mixed doubles.
But Indonesia took the men’s singles as Ardy Wiranata defeated Kim Hak Kyun 15-11, 15-7.
In the women’s singles, Indonesia’s Susi Susanti, world ranked No. 1, twice recovered from 6-3 down to beat world No. 2 Bang Soo Hyun 11-6, 11-6.
Then, Lili Tampi and Finarsih lost their two match points, and Chung So Young and Gil Young Ah fought back to win 6-15, 17-15, 15-11, tying the final at two matches each.
Only the men’s doubles then remained to decide the destination of the Cup.
That match went to Park Joo Bong and Kim Moon Soo with a 15-10, 15-6 defeat of Ricky Subagja and Rudy Gunawan, and South Korea kept the title.
The individual championships begin Monday.