Tournaments

04 Aug 2017

A place in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Singles event at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Pyongyang Open assured for the host nation’s Kim Song I, having completed her first phase matches unbeaten on the opening day of action; for the other leading names on duty, the second day of play, Thursday 3rd August, decided their fate.

Listed at no.25 on the recently published August Women’s World Rankings, Kim Song I finished ahead of colleagues Kim Sol Song and Kim Jinju, in a competition that witnessed four groups in the initial stage, with players finishing in first and second places advancing to the quarter-finals.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Choe Hyon Hwa is named at no.70 on the present Women’s World Rankings, Ri Mi Gyong at no.76 and Cha Hyo Sim at no.125; alongside Kim Song I the highest rated players in their respective groups. They duly reserved main draw places but not without alarm bells ringing.

Second place was to be the lot of both Choe Hyon Hwa and Ri Mi Gyong. Choe Hyon Hwa, having on the opening day experienced defeat at the hands of Kim Jin Hyang (11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8) recovered on the second day to beat Pyon Song Gyong (12-10, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7). Kim Jin Hyang concluded the group itinerary by overcoming Pyon Song Gyong (15-13, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7) to reserve first place.

Similarly, Ri Mi Gyong, beaten by Kim Nam Hae in her opening encounter (11-9, 1-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10), rose the challenge on day two to overcome Iran’s Fatemeh Jamalifar (11-4, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7). Kim Nam Hae concluded matters by defeating Fatemeh Jamalifar (11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8) to maintain her unbeaten record and thus topped the group.

Runners up spot for Choe Hyon Hwa and Ri Mi Gyong; for Cha Hyo Sim, it was first place but almost third place.

She was beaten in six games by Ri Hyon Sim (10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9) but recovered to overcome Jong Un Ju in five games (11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 11-2). Earlier on the first day of play Jong Un Ju had accounted for Ri Hyon Sim in five games (8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3, 11-7).

Thus games ratio was required to determine the outcome; it was first place for Cha Hyo Sim (6:5) ahead of Jong Un Ju (5:5) and Ri Hyon Sim (5:6). Notably at no.156 on the current Women’s World Rankings, Ri Hyon Sim is the fifth highest rated player on duty in the Women’s Singles event; she is the surprise quarter-final omission.

The quarter-finals of the Women’s Singles event will be played on Friday 4th August.

 Opening Ceremony: Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Photos: Ri Myong Song

Challenge Series 2017 DPR Korea Open Choe Hyon Hwa Ri Mi Gyong Cha Hyo Sim
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