The Korea Masters is an international badminton tournament that usually held in November or December every year of BWF event calendar in South Korea. The total prize money in 2016 was US$120,000. Before 2010, the level of the tournament was an International Challenge, which is the fourth level tournament of international badminton tournament. It began in 2007, when it was held in Suwon,[1] then it moved to Yeosu in 2008[2] and Hwasun in 2009.[3] In 2010, it was turned into a BWF Grand Prix event.[4][5]

It became a BWF Grand Prix Gold event in 2011, and it remained at that level through the end of Grand Prix Gold in 2017, with the exception of 2014, when it changed back to Grand Prix status, the same year Korea hosted both the Asian Games and the Badminton Asia Championships. The tournament was held in cities in the southwest from 2011 to 2017: in Hwasun in 2011 and 2012,[6] then in Jeonju for 2013 to 2015,[7] then Seogwipo[8] and Gwangju.[9] In 2015, the name of the tournament changed to Korea Masters.

In 2018, this tournament is the part of the BWF World Tour Super 300, after the Grand Prix Gold event ceased.

History of host cities

City Years host
Suwon 2007
Yeosu 2008
Hwasun 2009, 2011–2012
Gimcheon 2010
Jeonju 2013–2015
Seogwipo 2016
Gwangju 2017–present

Winners

Year Men's singles Women's singles Men's doubles Women's doubles Mixed doubles
2007 South Korea Shon Seung-mo South Korea Lee Yun-hwa South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Kwon Yi-goo
South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
2008 South Korea Park Sung-hwan South Korea Kwon Hee-sook South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Ha Jung-eun
South Korea Kim Min-jung
South Korea Hwang Ji-man
South Korea Hwang Yu-mi
2009 South Korea Rho Ye-wook South Korea Bae Yeon-ju South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
2010 China Bao Chunlai China Liu Xin South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
South Korea Yoo Hyun-young
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Kim Min-jung
2011 South Korea Lee Hyun-il South Korea Sung Ji-hyun South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Eom Hye-won
South Korea Chang Ye-na
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Chang Ye-na
2012 South Korea Lee Dong-keun South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
South Korea Eom Hye-won
2013 South Korea Lee Hyun-il South Korea Bae Yeon-ju South Korea Kim Gi-jung
South Korea Kim Sa-rang
South Korea Chang Ye-na
South Korea Kim So-yeong
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Chang Ye-na
2014 South Korea Lee Dong-keun Japan Nozomi Okuhara South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
South Korea Lee So-hee
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
South Korea Choi Sol-gyu
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
2015 South Korea Lee Dong-keun Japan Sayaka Sato South Korea Kim Gi-jung
South Korea Kim Sa-rang
South Korea Chang Ye-na
South Korea Lee So-hee
South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Kim Ha-na
2016 South Korea Son Wan-ho South Korea Sung Ji-hyun South Korea Kim Jae-hwan
South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
2017 South Korea Jeon Hyeok-jin China Gao Fangjie South Korea Kim Won-ho
South Korea Seo Seung-jae
South Korea Lee So-hee
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
South Korea Seo Seung-jae
South Korea Kim Ha-na
2018 South Korea Son Wan-ho China Li Xuerui South Korea Choi Sol-gyu
South Korea Seo Seung-jae
South Korea Chang Ye-na
South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Eom Hye-won
2019 Japan Kanta Tsuneyama South Korea An Se-young Chinese Taipei Lee Yang
Chinese Taipei Wang Chi-lin
Japan Nami Matsuyama
Japan Chiharu Shida
Hong Kong Tang Chun Man
Hong Kong Tse Ying Suet
2020 Cancelled[note 1]
2021 Cancelled[note 2]
2022 South Korea Jeon Hyeok-jin China He Bingjiao South Korea Kim Gi-jung
South Korea Kim Sa-rang
South Korea Kim So-yeong
South Korea Kong Hee-yong
China Wang Yilyu
China Huang Dongping
  World Tour Super 300
  Grand Prix Gold
  Grand Prix

Performances by nation

As of the finals of the 2022 edition
Pos Nation MS WS MD WD XD Total
1  South Korea 12 8 13 13 12 58
2  China 1 4 1 6
3  Japan 1 2 1 4
4  Chinese Taipei 1 1
 Hong Kong 1 1
Total 14 14 14 14 14 70

Note

  1. ^ This tournament, originally to be played from 24 to 29 November, was later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea.[10]
  2. ^ This tournament, originally to be played from 1 to 6 June, was later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Suwon Korea Challenge". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Yeosu Korea Challenge". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Hwasun Korea Challenge". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  4. ^ "2010 Victor Korea Grand Prix Badminton Championships – Information". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  5. ^ "2010 빅터 코리아그랑프리국제배드민턴선수권대회". www.bka.kr (in Korean). Archived from the original on 16 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Event Information (Hwasun; international)". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Event Information (Jeonju; international)". Badminton Korea Association. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  8. ^ "JEJU VICTOR Korea Masters Prospectus" (PDF). Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  9. ^ "2017 BWF Calendar – Grand Prix Gold". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Update on Tournaments Grade 2, 3 and Junior". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Tournament updates 11 August 2021". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. 11 August 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2021.