Two years ago, the pair of Jeon Jeon-hee and Shin Yubin made a spectacular comeback by winning their first women’s doubles match at the World Table Tennis Championships.
The pair swept aside Mateja Jeger-Ivana Malovac (Croatia) 3-0 (11-6 11-6 11-8) in the Women’s Doubles Round of 32 at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Championships 2023 at the Durban International Convention Center (DICC) in Durban, South Africa, on Sunday (Feb. 22).메이저놀이터
Jeon Ji-hee and Shin Yubin were playing their first match in the round of 32. They dominated their opponents from the start with their light touch. They scored four points in a row and never gave up the lead to take the first game. Game 2 was no different, as he took the first point and then scored five in a row to take the game.
In game three, the team was down 1-4 at the start of the game, but came back strong and scored seven straight points to take the lead. They were able to claw their way back to tie the game at 8-8, but quickly closed out the game with three straight points.
“I thought the first game would be difficult because I had never played against her before, but I had a strong partner (Shin Yubin) next to me, so I took it easy,” said Jeon. “I went in thinking that the first game would be tricky, but I’m glad I practiced,” said Shin Yubin.
At the same time, the men’s doubles pairing of Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon struggled in the early going. The defending silver medalists dropped two games and were on the brink of elimination in their first match, but bounced back with a come-from-behind win.
“We were at the next table, so I saw that they were down 0-2 while we were preparing,” said Jeon Jeon-hee, “and I said to Yoo Bin, ‘Let’s focus on ours first,'” she said. “We realized that not all matches go smoothly, so we prepared well,” said Shin Yubin.
South Korea’s top women’s doubles pair, Jeon Jeon-hee and Shin Yoo-bin, were seeded first in the last edition of the tournament and reached the round of 32 before Shin withdrew due to a worsening wrist injury. They are now looking for a medal in their first tournament in two years.
“My goal is to make it to the final stage,” said Jeon Jeon-hee, “I need to sleep well, prepare well, and do my best point by point.” Shin Yubin also said, “I want a medal. I hope that what my sister and I have been working on since then will come out in this match.”
In the men’s doubles, Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon joined Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung in the round of 32 with wins to advance to the round of 16.
Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung swept aside Singapore’s Clarence Choo and Bekun Ting 3-0 (15-13 11-5 11-5). It was the second straight 3-0 victory for the pair after their first-round match against Sweden’s Anton Karlberg-Jon Persson.
They struggled in game one with frequent unforced errors, but managed to win four deuces. After a strong start, Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung won the next two games with ease.
“I think we beat the team we should have beaten,” said Lee Sang-soo, “but I think we need to prepare more thoroughly because our opponents will be stronger in the future.” “The opponent was more difficult than I thought, so I struggled in the beginning, but after the first set went well, I think it was easy,” said Cho Dae-sung.
Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, eldest sister Seo Hyo-won (36-World No. 45) defeated Ukraine’s Solomiya Brateyko (149th) 4-1 (11-9 11-4 11-5 3-11 11-7) in the round of 64 to reach the last 32.
“It was my first time playing against him, but I think I came out as well as I prepared and won the match,” Seo said after the match. “From now on, I will face more difficult players, but since I prepared well, I am confident that I will win the next game and will try my best.”
In the men’s singles, Cho Seung-min (25-World No. 49) met defending champion Trulse Mörgård (No. 7-Sweden) in the round of 64, but lost 1-4 (8-11 1-11 9-11 18-16 8-11).