Korea dominated the wheelchair events at the 4th Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International 2022, taking gold in five of the seven events played.
Kwon and Sooyoung Yu got the ball rolling in (WH1-WH2) Wheelchair mixed doubles by defeating teammates Choi and Lee Sung Ae 21-16 12-21 21-17.
Kwon then took on Switzerland’s Cynthia Mathez in WH1 women’s singles final, emerging victorious 21-12 21-19.
“Cynthia’s strokes are powerful but I’m good at covering the net and tried to avoid mistakes. I was nervous coming into the singles because I already had one gold and kept asking myself if I could win another. When I did, I wasn’t too worried about the mixed doubles. I felt confident,” Kwon said.
Jung had to settle for silver in the WH2 women’s singles category when she fell to Yuma Yamazaki 21-12 22-20.
“I thought I had found a way past him but it wasn’t to be. In the second game I let go and thought I could get back in the third. It was going smoothly until 14-11. Then I lost focus, gave up two points and I can’t do that with him,” said Chan.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“When I first started, I used to get nervous before every match. Nowadays, my mind is completely focused on the match. Off the court, I like meeting other players and we chat about all kinds of things.” – Choi