On October 2, 2023, the South Korean women’s badminton team triumphed over China, securing the gold medal at the 19th Asian Games. This victory concluded a nearly 30-year title drought that had been ongoing since 1994. The final team competition took place at Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, where the South Koreans decisively defeated their Chinese counterparts with a 3-0 score. The Asian Games badminton championship is decided through a best-of-five series, which includes three singles matches and two doubles matches.
An Se-young, who holds the top position in the Badminton World Federation rankings, led the charge with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) win against Chen Yufei, the Tokyo Olympic gold medalist, in the opening singles match. Following this, the doubles team of Lee So-hee and Baek Hana dominated their Chinese opponents, Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan, who are the world’s top-ranked doubles team. Kim Ga-eun concluded the series by defeating the fifth-ranked singles player, He Bingjiao, with a 2-0 score, thereby sealing South Korea’s shutout victory.
For An Se-young, the match served as an opportunity for redemption against Chen Yufei, who had previously defeated her in both the 18th Asian Games in 2018 and the Tokyo Olympics. “I’ve garnered valuable insights from my past two defeats against Chen. However, I’m a different player now,” An Se-young stated. “Having faith in myself and my training regimen has positively impacted my performance.”
This win marks South Korea’s second gold medal in the team event at the Asian Games. The team had faced five consecutive losses to China since their last gold in 1994.
In other sports events on the same day, South Korea also secured a gold medal in the men’s golf team event. Im Sung-jae won a silver medal in the individual golf event, finishing behind Kho Taichi of Hong Kong. The women’s golf national team clinched a silver medal in the team competition with a score of 29-under, trailing Thailand’s 34-under score. China took the bronze with a 26-under score. Yoo Hyun-jo earned a bronze medal in the women’s individual golf competition, finishing behind Arpichaya Yubol of Thailand and Aditi Ashok of India.