Tournaments

21 Mar 2017

The movement a delight as always, Suh Hyowon saved Korean blushes to secure the seventh seeds a place in the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Team event at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In their opening round contest against Romania, a three matches to two success was recorded with the 29 year old emerging as the heroine.

by Ian Marshall ITTF Publications Editor

Jeon Jihee gave Korea the ideal start by beating Elizabeta Samara in three straight games (11-6, 11-7, 11-7); matters were levelled when Daniela Dodean overcame the defensive skills of Suh Hyowon in an impressive manner (11-6, 11-9, 11-9).

“Her forehand top spin in very good, against Samara you must try to play the first attacking stroke.” Suh Hyowon

Crucial Doubles

Matters level, the doubles went in favour of the tried and trusted partnership of Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun in a four games contest against Daniela Monteiro Dodean and Bernadette Szocs (12-10, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8).

“It was difficult to return service; this was my first match in the tournament, they kept playing towards my forehand.” Yang Haeun

Set Scene

The balance in favour of Korea, Elizabeta Samara gained parity for Romania by overcoming Yang Haeun in a four games duel (11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9); that set the scene for Suh Hyowon and Bernadette Szocs to decide the outcome.

Defence versus attack was the order of proceedings; a dramatic duel ensued; Bernadette Szocs secured the opening game, Suh Hyowon won the next two, before Bernadette Szocs clinched the fourth on her third games point. A deciding fifth game beckoned.

An electric atmosphere, at the change of ends in the fifth game, Bernadette Szocs held a vital 5-3 lead.

Suh Hyowon levelled at 6-all; again at 7-all it was parity before combining defensive strokes with top spin attacks, Suh Hyowon played in a faultless fashion to win the next four points and secure victory (13-11, 12-14, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9).

 “I just tried to focus on what I had to do and not think about the score. In the last match in the fifth game I tried to make as many changes as possible, sometimes defend, sometimes attack” Suh Hyowon

Singapore Awaits

At quarter-final stage Korea meets Singapore; in the same half of the draw China opposes DPR Korea.

 

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