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Oh Sangeun Secures Gold in All-Korean Brazilian Menís Singles Final

06/17/2012 GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Brazil Open,13 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012, Santos, BRA

The silver medallist one week earlier in the Japanese city of Kobe; one week later at the other side of the world in the South American town of Santos, it was gold.

Oh Sangeun beat Joo Saehyuk in an all-Korean final on Sunday 17th June to win the Menís Singles title at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open in the town of Santos.

Seeded no.2, Oh Sangeun recorded a five games victory over his top seeded colleague.

He won 11-3, 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5.....
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Kim Kyungah Reverses Fortunes of Previous Week and Completes Hat-Trick

06/17/2012 GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Brazil Open,13 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012, Santos, BRA

The runner up one week earlier in Japan, one week later in Santos it was one step higher on the medal podium at the close of proceedings.

Koreaís Kim Kyungah, now 35 years old and one of the worldís most experienced players, won the the Womenís Singles title at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open in Santos on Sunday 17th June.

In the Japanese city Kobe the elegant and text-book defensive skills had been breached by Spain's Shen Yanfei, in Santos they stood firm.....
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Koreans Clinch Gold, Brazilians Earn Nationís Respect

06/17/2012 GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Brazil Open,13 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012, Santos, BRA

A brave effort and for the effort made, the utmost respect must go the host nationís Hugo Calderano and Cazuo Marsumoto but at the end of the day there was to be no storybook ending.

Following a brave effort, they were beaten in the final of the Menís Doubles event on the Sunday 17th June at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open by the illustrious Korean partnership of Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seungmin.

Gradually, after surviving shell-shock, Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seungmin assumed control but in the early staged they had to dodge Brazilian bullets.....
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Successful Singaporean Defence from the Very Precipice of Disaster

06/17/2012 GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Brazil Open,13 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012, Santos, BRA

Singaporeís Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu escaped from the very precipice of the defeat to clinch the Womenís Doubles title at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open in Santos on Sunday 17th June.

Seeded no.2; they saved one match point in the sixth game before eventually securing victory on their second match point in the deciding seventh game.

At the final hurdle, they accounted for the third seeded Korean partnership of Dang Yeseo and Seok Hajung to arrest the title (8-11, 11-6, 11-13, 3-11, 5-11, 12-10, 12-10).
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Top Two Seeds Post Semi-Final Wins to Guarantee All Korean Final

06/17/2012 GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Brazil Open,13 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012, Santos, BRA

The top two seeds in the Menís Singles event at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open both emerged successful at the semi-final stage of proceedings on the afternoon of Sunday 17th June in the Santos Arena.

Thus an all-Korean Menís Singles final was assured.

Joo Saehyuk, his crowd pleasing defensive skills dazzling, gradually broke the heart of Portugalís Marcos Freitas, the no.4 seed, to book his place in the final.

He won in six games (7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3).....
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Kim Kyungah and Feng Tianwei Reach Brazilian Womenís Singles Final

06/17/2012 GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Brazil Open,13 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012, Santos, BRA

Koreaís Kim Kyungah and Singaporeís Feng Tianwei booked their places in the final of the Womenís Singles event at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open in Santos following semi-final successes early in the afternoon of Sunday 17th June.

Kim Kyungah, the no.4 seed, overcame compatriot Seok Hajung, the no.6 seed, to reach her fourth GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Womenís Singles final of the year; she won in Spain and Chile, whilst being the runner up in Japan.

Meanwhile, Feng Tianwei, the no.2 seed, accounted for Japanís Ai Fukuhara (10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3. ....
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Brothers in Arms, Tibhar and Brazil Rocks On Not in Dire Straits

06/17/2012 GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Brazil Open,13 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012, Santos, BRA

Yet again, as it has been throughout the current century, Tibhar is the equipment sponsor for a tournament being staged in Brazil; they are the equipment suppliers for the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open.

Present to watch the action in the Santos Arena on Saturday 16th June was Roland Berg, the Managing Director of the German based company.

He had made the long journey from Saarbrucken to be in Santos and in the city, famous for its football club that in 2012 celebrates its one hundredth anniversary, he was delighted with what he saw.....
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