NANNING: School girl Se-Young's fairytale ended as South Korea holders went to Thailand in the quarter finals of the Sudirman Cup on Thursday (May 23).
Thailand will be playing hot guests and favorites in China in the last four of the prestigious badminton mixed world championships in Nanning.
It was only in February that it was 17 but she already made her name for herself, winning the New Zealand Opening earlier this month and then beating Tai Tzu-ying, one of Taiwan's top prizes, on Wednesday. .
But, in the end, the 50-year-old teenagers ran out of steam against former world champion Ratchanok Intanon, going down 21-15, 21-17 in 53 minutes as Thailand beat 3. -1 South Korea.
The Koreans stunned China's 10-time champions in the last edition of the Sudirman Cup, in 2017, but lost their best singles players in Nanning.
China will fight strongly to beat Thailand in the semi-finals on Saturday, especially in front of their home crowd.
Guests arrived at the last four with a 3-1 win over Denmark.
The Danes got their individual point thanks to former world champion Viktor Axelsen.
Now third in the world after injuries decay his progress, the 25-year-old champion who was strapping Chen Long defeated a high-quality meeting.
Chen went down 21-11, 21-18 but Denmark's hopes were short-lived.
On Friday in the other quarterly finals, Japan faces Malaysia and Taiwan playing Indonesia.
"Japan has been named as one of the favorites and they are the main seeds," said Malaysia training director, Wong Choong Hann.
"This is the time for our players to show that they can face the best."