Taiwanese badminton duo advance to final in Korea Masters

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Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) (Photo/CNA)

Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) (Photo/CNA)

Taiwan's Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) and Po Li-wei (柏禮維) advanced to the men's doubles final of the 2018 Korea Masters badminton tournament in Gwangju on Saturday.

The Taiwanese duo beat Kim Sa Rang of South Korea and Boon Heong Tan of Malaysia 21-18, 12-21, 21-17 in a match that lasted 53 minutes.

Currently ranked fourth in the world in doubles, Wang and his first-time partner will play South Koreans Choi Sol Gyu and Seo Seung Jae on Sunday for the title.

Chen Hung-ling (陳宏麟), Wang's regular partner on the men's doubles circuit, chose to skip the Korea Masters and stay in Taiwan to concentrate on preparing for the World Tour Finals, which will take place in Guangzhou, China, from Dec. 12 to 16.

Wang and Chen's most recent men's doubles tournament win was at the Chinese Taipei Open in October.

The Korea Masters is a HSBC World Tour Super 300 tournament and is one of two HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments hosted in Korea annually, the other being the Korea Open, a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament.

The tournament, which concludes Sunday, has total prize money of US$250,000.