Women’s singles top seed Chen Yu Fei was knocked out from Korea Open 2022 by world No.20 Kim Gaeun following a 48-minute battle in Suncheon.
Olympic champion Chen, favourite for the title, went down 21-17 21-19 in her first ever defeat to her 24-year-old opponent in four meetings.
Home girl Kim next faces Goh Jin Wei, who leads their head-to-head 2-1. Goh booked her quarterfinal spot with a win over another Korean Lee Se Yeon.
Men’s singles sixth seed and YONEX All England Open 2022 runner-up Lakshya Sen’s campaign also ended with a surprise 22-20 21-9 loss to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito. The Indonesian world No.24 thus matches his performance from the previous edition in 2019.
Pusarla V. Sindhu, champion in 2017, extended her dominance over Aya Ohori to 12-0 with a 21-15 21-10 victory, setting up a repeat of the YONEX Swiss Open 2022 final against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan.