SEAMASTER 2019 ITTF WORLD TOUR SHINAN KOREA OPEN
Saturday 6th July
Jeoung Youngsik causes major upset, first defeat for Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen
The winner four years ago when in 2015 the tournament was staged in Incheon, the host nation’s Jeoung Youngsik caused the biggest upset on the penultimate day of play, Saturday 6th July, at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Tour Korea Open in Busan.
Occupying the no.13 seeded position; he beat Fan Zhendong, the top seed (11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-9, 12-10) and thus prevented the possibility of an all Chinese semi-final line-up.
Conversely, in the women’s singles event, there was no stopping China but there was disappointment for Zhu Yuling, her hopes of a successful title defence disappeared in the morning air.
Xu Xin and Ma Long both booked semi-final places as expected; in the round of the last eight, Xu Xin, the no.2 seed accounted for colleague Liang Jingkun, the no.8 seed (11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 14-12, 5-11, 11-9), Ma Long, the no.4 seed, ended the progress of Swedish qualifier, Kristian Karlsson but not without problems. He was required to recover from a two games to nil deficit to secure victory (9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8).
Semi-finalists as predicted, the surprise name was Wang Chuqin. Required to qualify, he repeated the success enjoyed in the men’s singles final at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games; he beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.3 seed (11-8, 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7).
At the semi-final stage of the men’s singles event Jeoung Youngsik meets Ma Long; Wang Chuqin opposes Xu Xin.
Impressive displays but few could match Chen Meng in the women’s singles event. The no.2 seed set the day in motion; she gave a scintillating display to end the hopes of colleague, Zhu Yuling, the no.5 seed (11-4, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7).
Likewise Ding Ning and Wang Manyu took no prisoners. Ding Ning, the top seed, ended the hopes of the host nation; she accounted for Jeon Jihee, the no.15 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3). Wang Manyu, the no.3 seed, overcame Japan’s Mima Ito, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8) and thus repeated the success of late May when she had prevailed in Shenzhen.
Comprehensive wins, it was somewhat different for Sun Yingsha. The no.16 seed, saved two match points in the deciding seventh game against Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.6 seed (10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 13-11).
In the penultimate round Ding Ning meets Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng opposes Wang Manyu.
Meanwhile, in the men’s and women’s doubles finals, there was further success for China but not in the mixed doubles.
Hitherto unbeaten, Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, the top seeds, experienced defeat at the hands of Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem (11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 13-11).
Somewhat differently, in the men’s doubles final, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.6 seeds, imposed their authority on proceedings; they beat the host nation’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu, the top seeds, in straight games (11-9, 11-7, 11-6). Similarly in the women’s doubles title decider Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, the top seeds ended the hopes of the host nation’s Choi Hyojoo and Yang Haeun, the no.6 seeds (12-10, 15-13, 11-6).
Play concludes on Sunday 7th July, when the men’s singles and women’s singles events will be played to a conclusion.