Lee Dong Keun thrilled to defeat Hyun Il

Lee Dong Keun not only won the Victor Korea Grand Prix in Jeonju, he did so by recording is first ever win over Lee Hyun Il.

The 34-year-old Hyun is nearing the end of a great career, with a stint at number one and two Olympic Games under his belt. The two have met up before, but to date it has always been the veteran who took the spoils. This weekend Lee Dong Keun turned the tables on his compatriot, recording a 21-18, 24-22 victory in the final.

Dong Keun told Badzine, "It's been a long time since I've won a tournament. The fact that I was playing a final in Korea was an advantage for me to be at ease and it also makes me even more glad to win it.

"Hyun Il is famous for his ability to get everything back so it's very hard to beat him with an attacking game.  That's why I decided to counter with a defensive game of my own and clearly it worked out for me.

"Today, I got to match point first and I have a habit of getting caught and losing after being in that position.  This time, I tried to keep calm and it worked and I was able to get the last two points."

He concluded, "I'd be lying if I said I was able to put my past failures to convert match points out of my mind, but still, I've been watching top-ranked players in similar situations and I've tried to learn from it.  Today, I was able to avoid getting too excited and to just keep working at it until I got the win."

Final results
MD: Lee Yong Dae / Yoo Yeon Seong (KOR) [1] beat Ko Sung Hyun / Shin Baek Cheol (KOR) [2]  21-18, 21-19
WD: Lee So Hee / Shin Seung Chan (KOR) [1] beat Jang Ye Na / Yoo Hae Won (KOR) [5]  15-8 [Retired]
WS: Nozomi Okuhara (JPN) [6] beat Sayaka Sato (JPN) [7]  21-17, 21-13
MS: Lee Dong Keun (KOR) [1] beat Lee Hyun Il (KOR) [5]  21-18, 24-22
XD: Choi Sol Kyu / Shin Seung Chan (KOR) [6] beat Shin Baek Cheol / Jang Ye Na (KOR) [5]  [walkover]

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