Tournaments

04 May 2018

Just over two months ago for Korea against Japan it was desolation; at the 2018 Team World Cup in London they suffered an excruciatingly painful defeat; in the vital fifth match of the fixture, Jeong Sangeun had lost to Jin Ueda having held five match points.

On Friday 4th May at the Liebherr 2018 World Championships in Halmstad, represented by Jang Woojin, Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu, at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Team event, they set the record straight; they beat Japan by three matches to one to reserve a semi-final place and thus be assured of a medal.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Man of the moment for Korea was Jeoung Youngsik; in the opening match of the fixture he beat Tomokazu Harimoto by the very narrowest of seven game margins (17-15, 6-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9), before in the fourth contest accounting for Jun Mizutani in four games to conclude matters (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9).

“Tomokazu Harimoto is a rising star, you have to be really focused when you play against him; I won 11-9 in the fifth game, there was very little difference between us. I tried to stay calm and focused, perhaps at the very end of the match I was just slightly mentally stronger. Playing Jun Mizutani I was aware that if I won we would be in the semi-final; my backhand is my strength, I focused on playing strongly with my backhand towards his backhand.” Jeoung Youngsik

Two wins for Jeoung Youngsik, the one further Korean success came from Jang Woojin; in the third match of the engagement, he accounted for Kenta Matsudaira (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7). The one win for Japan was secured by Jun Mizutani; in the second match of the fixture, he overcame Lee Sangsu (9-11, 11-13, 11-3, 12-14, 11-7).

Throughout Korean progress was guided by Kim Taeksoo who was understandably delighted with the efforts of his team.

“We have a really strong team spirit, we are together, individually they have very good players but we are very much together. Before the match I reminded them about the defeat in London and that here was a chance to avenge that defeat. Everyone was motivated.” Kim Taeksoo

At the semi-final stage Korea meets the winner of the contest between Brazil and Germany.

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