Jeju: Malaysia's World No. 67 men's singles shuttler Daren Liew will face World No. 6 Son Wan Ho of Korea in the Korea Masters final on Sunday. This will be their first meeting in about 9 months since they last played each other at New Zealand Open in March.
Daren Liew faces an uphill battle to break Son Wan Ho in the 2016 Korea Masters final.Daren Liew faces an uphill battle to break Son Wan Ho in the 2016 Korea Masters final.
Both shuttlers had straight-sets wins Saturday where the unseeded Liew needed only 32 minutes to oust unseeded Taiwanese player Chen Chun-Wei 21-13, 21-7 in the semi-finals. The 29-year-old Malaysian pulled off a huge upset on Friday where he disposed defending champion and No. 3 seed Lee Dong Keun 21-19, 21-16 in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, No. 1 seed Son was stretched to limit at times but managed to claw back from behind on both sets to snatch the semi-final match from India's Kashyap Parupalli 23-21, 21-16 in 49 minutes.
After series of disappointments in Superseries tournaments this year including an early exit at Rio Olympics, Son who held a 3-1 career head-to-head advantage over Liew will have a shot at the Korea Masters title in front of his home crowd on Sunday.
In women's competition, No. 1 seed Sung Ji Hyun and unseeded Lee Jang Mi have set up an all-Korean affair in the final.
Sung overpowered compatriot Kim Ga Eun 21-13, 21-8 on Saturday while Lee eased past Japan’s Natsuki Nidaira 21-14, 21-16 in 47 minutes.
Korea Masters is the last Grand Prix Gold tournament of 2016 and offers a total prize money of $120,000.