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Shin Yubin progress and responsibility

Tuesday 05 January

Shin Yubin progress and responsibility

A player to note when international action restarts; write down the name of Korea Republic’s Shin Yubin.

Only six years old at the time, at the 2010 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Seoul, she was a name to note. In those days entitled Pro Tour, she played Yoo Namkyu, the 1988 Olympic Games gold medallist, during a break in play.

Now a decade later, a young lady; although results have been restricted owing to the pandemic, the potential shown in those tender years is bearing fruition.

At ITTF Challenge Series tournaments, in under 21 women’s singles events, in 2017 she reached the quarter-final stage in Slovenia, one year later in Poland she advanced to the penultimate round. Later in 2018 she was a women’s singles semi-finalist in Belgium, in 2019 a quarter-finalist in Croatia.

Progress, it is the same when the women’s world rankings are considered. In January 2015 she stood at no.540, one year later at no.381; then in 2018 she had progressed to no.246. Most notably in 2019, when the year started, she was listed at no.196 when the year ended in December, she had climbed over 100 places. She was named at no.91.

She made the most progress in the year she celebrated her 15th birthday, surely that is a good age to make significant advances.

However, was the most relevant progress not in early 2020 at the World Team Qualification Tournament for the Olympic Games in Gondomar, Portugal?

The results were impressive but more importantly, she shouldered responsibility; her 16th birthday still some months away, she was the key player in securing a place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the Korea Republic’s women’s team.

Overall, she played nine matches, five doubles partnering Choi Hyojoo, four singles; she lost just one match. The one reverse was against DPR Korea in a 3-1 overall defeat; in the doubles Choi Hyojoo and Shin Yubin lost to Cha Hyo Sim and Kim Nam Hae. More significantly, Shin Yubin was the one winner, in the third match of the fixture she accounted for Cha Hyo Sim.

Moreover, in the 3-1 success against France to determine the one remaining Olympic place; she was the backbone of her team’s success. A doubles win was posted against Stéphanie Loeuillette and Yuan Jia Nan, before in the fourth match of the engagement overcoming Marie Migot to reserve a flight to Tokyo.

Playing in a team event there is an added ingredient; you are not just playing for yourself; you are playing for your colleagues. Technically correct, talented but the fact when the team called, she responded and responded in style, it is the major element, the main reason why in 2020 Shin Yubin is a player to watch.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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