by Simon Daish
In partnership with DHS, the ITTF has brought together the top 10 standout rallies played out at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Korea Open and produced a short video showing off the most impressive moments from the event in Incheon.
The quality of play at the competition was of such high calibre that a wonderful high paced end-to-end attacking rally in the match between Feng Tianwei and Jeon Jihee only comes in at number 10 on the list and so it should come as no surprise that all of the points in the video are most certainly worth a watch.
Portugal’s Marcos Freitas and Lim Jonghoon of Korea Republic met in the quarter-finals of the Men’s Singles competition and their encounter features twice in the DHS top 10, as Freitas demonstrated his wide range of skills on the table with his amazing attacking and defensive work and Lim made full use of his powerful topspin game to send the home fans cheering on both occasions.
Timo Boll put in arguably his strongest performance of the year on his way to the Men’s Singles title in Incheon, and the German star’s exhilarating encounter with Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura in the semi-finals provided plenty of terrific moments including a rally in game two which left commentator Adam Bobrow with his “jaw on the ground!”.
The German player may have bested Maharu Yoshimura, but the Japanese contestant wowed the spectators with an amazing around the net hit against Timo Boll in game three of the very same duel.
For fans of the art of defence feast your eyes upon one of the standout points from the Women’s Singles last four with Chen Szu-Yu of Chinese Taipei showing an air of calmness against the aggressive persistence of Singapore’s Feng Tianwei before the eventual champion finishes off the point with an eye-catching return leaving her opponent helpless.