“It’s okay, let’s try again~”, “Let’s upload one by one, we can do it~”, “You’re really good at it, one more!”
The 2023 World Mixed Team Badminton Championships (Sudirman Cup) held the semifinal match between Korea and Malaysia at the Olympic Sports Center in Suzhou, China on the 20th. In the first match, the mixed doubles, world No. 5 Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jeong lost the first set to 22nd place Cheon Tang-jie and Toi-wei. A rather embarrassing situation was created in a team game where it was important to dominate the baseline.
Kim So-yeong (31), the oldest member of the national team and the female captain, sat in the front row of the Korean bench and cheered Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jung nonstop. Kim So-yeong held her drumstick and beat her elongated drum, perhaps feeling that she was still lacking. Kim So-young said, “In the case of a team match, cheering on the bench is more powerful.” I feel it and I have more strength,” he explained.
When Kim So-yeong took the lead and raised her voice, her juniors added her voice and created a resonance in her stadium. He was never pushed by hundreds of Malaysian spectators and Malaysian benches. Kim So-young said with strength, “I originally like fighting, so when I do this, my juniors follow me well.
Chae Yoo-jeong, who actually worked hard with Seo Seung-jae from the second set and won 2-1, said, “Honestly, I thought it was a big deal when I gave up the first set, but thanks to the support, I was able to gain more strength.” I sometimes think, ‘I can do it,’ but I can’t do that in a team event.”
Kim So-young’s support continued until the fourth game, men’s doubles, when ‘New Byeong-gi’ Kim Won-ho and Na Seong-seung overpowered world No.
Kim So-young is a representative of Korean badminton women’s doubles. Paired with Gong Hee-yong, she won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a silver medal at the 2022 World Championships, and a gold medal at the 2023 Jeon Young Open. Although now her world ranking is down to number 8, in October of last year she even reached the world number one. Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong have not had a chance to play again since playing in the first match of the group stage against France in this tournament. Soyoung Kim was training her two days ago when she slipped and injured her right ankle. Kim So-young said, “I was shocked in the same area as at the Asian Championships 스포츠토토.”
When he said that he seemed to be the cheerleader throughout this tournament, Kim So-young said, “I have to run the game and help us win, but since I can’t do that, it’s good to be the cheerleader.” got an idea I really like it because I feel like I can be a source of strength even with her support,” she said with a broad smile.
If Korea wins just one more game, it will stand at the top of the Sudirman Cup for the first time in six years since the 2017 Gold Coast Games in Australia. The opponent for the final should have to see the results of the match between China and Japan, but China is likely. Kim So-young said with strength, “I will cheer for the victory no matter who comes up.”