Tournaments

10 Jun 2018

Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu have captured the second available title on the concluding day in Kitakyushu, defeating unseeded opponents Liang Jingkun and Zhou Kai across four games (11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5) to lift the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Lion Japan Open Men’s Doubles trophy on Sunday 10th June.

by Simon Daish

The Korean pairing guaranteed their spot in the final after knocking out top seeds Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting in the previous round, gaining plenty of confidence in the process which they carried over into the all-important final.

With the scores sitting level at one game apiece, arguably the first big turning point in the match came in game three: despite the Chinese partnership of Liang Jingkun and Zhou Kai holding service advantage at 9-9 it was Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu who secured back-to-back points to establish a two games to one lead in the tie.

Trailing 7-5 in game four Liang Jingkun and Zhou Kai attempted to turn the tide with a time out call, but the decision proved unfruitful for the Chinese duo as their Korean opponents won four consecutive points to complete the job.

Victory in Kitakyushu marks Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu’s 2nd title win as a pairing with the Korean duo having won their first trophy last year at the ITTF World Tour event in Magdeburg, Germany while Liang Jingkun and Zhou Kai were appearing in their first final together as a pairing.

World Tour 2018 Seamaster Lion Japan Open Lee Sangsu Jeoung Youngsik Liang Jingkun Zhou Kai
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