Smashing Stats: Korea Masters 2023

Starting as an International Challenge in 2007, the Korea Masters has been an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 event since 2018.

Here are some interesting information about it.

  • Since its inception, Korean players have dominated the tournament.
  • Of the 70 winners’ medals handed out over 14 editions, just 12 were to non-Koreans.
  • Those dozen are from China, Japan, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong China.
  • China are also the only country other than the hosts to have contested at least one final since 2017.
  • None of the foreign players have won more than once.
  • Olympic champions Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin, seeded second, can become the first to do it this year.
  • Jeon Hyeok Jin is the only returning defending champion.
  • Retaining the title will make him the second men’s singles player after compatriot Lee Dong Keun to win three titles. Jeon also triumphed in 2017.
  • Top seed in men’s and mixed doubles, Seo Seung Jae has the chance to leave as the joint-second most successful male player in tournament history.
  • Seo is currently on three titles, two short of Yoo Yeon Seong’s total.
  • Four-time champion Shin Seung Chan, as well as Son Wan Ho, Kim Jae Hwan and Kim Won Ho are the other previous winners in the draw.
  • Glory for mixed doubles second seeds Jiang Zhen Bang/Wei Ya Xin will make China the maiden overseas country to consecutively win a category.

Standout Stat: Korea Masters 2023 marks the first time since 2016 that Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo doesn’t play a non-team international event with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. Sukamuljo partners Rahmat Hidayat in Gwangju.

Sukamuljo has not paired with a shuttler other than Gideon since playing alongside Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira at the 2016 Indonesia Masters.

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