22 Apr 2017

Delight for Germany, disappointment for the host nation; such was the scenario in the Namdong Gymnasium as matters concluded on the penultimate day of play, Saturday 22nd April, at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Korea Open in Incheon.

The German duo of Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska emerged successful in their Men’s Singles semi-final encounters. Patrick Franziska accounted for Korea’s Lim Jonghoon (11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9), the win coming after Timo Boll, the no.3 seed, had beaten Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura, the no.12 seed (11-9, 14-16, 12-14, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Two quite astounding runs of success; one adventure had to come to an end as each player strove for their first ever appearance in an ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles final.

Lim Jonghoon, like Patrick Franziska, had started his journey in the qualification tournament. However, it was Patrick Franziska who prevailed and in so doing he achieved a feat which the man sitting courtside advising never achieved. Jörg Rosskopf, despite all his success, never reached the final of an ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles event.

Success for Patrick Franziska, earlier in the evening it had been success for Timo Boll against Maharu Yoshimura; an engagement which proved a repeat of their one and only previous contest in a World ranking event. The prior meeting had been in Bremen at the 2012 ITTF World Tour German Open.

On that occasion, they met in the first round of the Men’s Singles event. Timo Boll, the top seed, after losing the opening game, dominated the contest to win in five games (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6). However, since those days Maharu Yoshimura, now 23 years old, is a much more mature player than the somewhat unpredictable teenager we once beheld. The contest in Incheon was much more exacting.

Notably five years ago in Bremen, after beating Maharu Yoshimura, Timo Boll progressed to the final; in Incheon his win had the same effect.

However, in Bremen, he had to settle for runners up spot; he was beaten by his German colleague Dimitrij Ovtcharov (8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8); a good omen for Patrick Franziska?

The final of the Men’s Singles event will be played on Sunday 23rd April.

World Tour 2017 Seamaster Korea Open Timo Boll Patrick Franziska Maharu Yoshimura Lin Jonghoon

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