South Korea’s Para badminton ace and future, Yoo Soo-soo (20, Korea Disability Employment Service), has vowed to defeat her “nemesis” Daiki Kajiwara (21, Japan) next time out.”I’m bitter because I didn’t play as well as I expected,” Yoo said after losing 0-2 (15-21 9-21) to Kajiwara in the men’s singles WH2 badminton final at the Hangzhou Para Asian Games 2022 at Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China on Sunday to claim silver.
“I was nervous and my right forearm came up in the middle of the second set. I didn’t play the way I did in the first set,” she said of her loss.Yoo appeared to be in control of the match, taking a 13-10 lead in the first set, but lost the next eight points to fall behind. In the second set, she gave up seven consecutive points at 6-6 to fall apart.With the loss, Yoo dropped to 12-0 in her career against Kajiwara.
“I have the World Championships next year and the Paralympic Games in Paris,” Yoo said, adding, “I will win unconditionally next time.”Gajiwara was a gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and completed a grand slam by winning the World Championships and then the Para Asian Games.She is ranked No. 1 in the world in her sport, making her a tough competitor to beat.”I feel a sense of rivalry with Yu because she’s my age,” she said, “and I’m not going to lose.”
Yoo, who has had an uncomfortable right leg since birth, was introduced to badminton in middle school and began playing professionally through a local Para sports organization.He earned his taegeuk last year by defeating senior Kim Jung-jun, the former world No. 1 and 슬롯게이밍 Tokyo Paralympic silver medalist, to finish first overall.