Ri Myong Sun aanounced her arrival in Macau and blossomed in Shanghai
Photo By: Tony Wu
GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, China Open (Click here to access this section)
Success on her five previous appearances this year, the run of Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa in Under 21 Women’s Singles events on the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour came to an end in Shanghai on Saturday 26th May.
Seeded no.1, she was beaten in the final by DPR Korea’s Ri Myong Sun, the no.3 seed. A five games verdict was the result (7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 14-12, 12-10).
One week previously, Kasumi Ishikawa had won the Under 21 Women’s Singles title in Korea, having earlier in the year succeeded in Slovenia, Qatar, Spain and Chile.
In Shanghai, it was not to be six in a row.
New to International Scene
Ri Myong Sun, 20 years old, is relatively new to the international scene but she is no stranger to Kasumi Ishikawa.
The young lady from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, first entered the Women’s World Ranking list in August 2010 at no.236, following the Asian Junior Championships in Bangkok.
However, when the Women’s World Rankings for May 2012 were released she had climbed to no.37; a direct result of her efforts at the Asian Championships in Macau in February and in March at the LIEBHERR World Team Championships.
It was at the Asian Championships, where she made her presence felt on the senior scene and where she crossed swords with Kasumi Ishikawa.
Notably in the Women’s Singles event she beat both Singapore’s Yu Mengyu and Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching before losing in seven games to Kasumi Ishikawa (13-11, 4-11, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8).
A close call and judging by the result in Shanghai, Ri Myong Sun, who is a right handed defensive player, learned from the Macau experience; losing just one game to the splendid Kasumi Ishikawa was a performance of note.
Close Semi-Final Contests
At the semi-final stage, Kasumi Ishikawa had beaten colleague, Misaki Morizono, the no.3 seed in a close seven games duel (11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9) and perhaps that gruelling duel had taken its toll.
However, life for Ri Myong Sun was not that comfortable in the penultimate round; she needed six games to beat Marina Matsuzawa, also from Japan and also a defender (8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8).
Top Seed Wins
Defeat for the top seed in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event but not in the counterpart Under 21 Men’s Singles competition, where Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An added to his ever growing list of titles.
Seeded no.1, he beat Korea’s Kim Donghyun in the semi-finals (13-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9), before overcoming Singapore’s Chen Feng, the no.3 seed in a hard fought seven games final (11-6, 5-11, 13-11, 12-10, 10-12, 6-11, 11-7).
Player in Form
A tough contest and Chen Feng was a player in form.
At the semi-final stage he had beaten, Germany’s Patrick Franziska, the no.2 seed, in four straight games (11-9, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6).