Tournaments

28 Aug 2018

First place in the initial stage group contrary to expectations; success against Japan, the second seeds, was the result of note. Later, a quarter-final win in opposition to Chinese Taipei, the fifth seeds; on Tuesday 28th August at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, DPR Korean progress continued.

Once again they upset the order of merit, once again they rose to occasion, the seventh seeds, they beat Hong Kong, the fourth seeds, by three matches to nil; a score-line that was repeated in the counterpart semi-final but as status advised, China accounted for Korea Republic.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A three-nil win for DPR Korea but arguably the score-line was closer than at first sight the result may suggest; two of three matches went the full distance; the other was decided in four games.

Kim Song I set DPR Korea on the road to victory. She beat Lee Ho Ching (12-10, 11-2, 4-11, 11-6), before Cha Hyo Sim overcame Doo Hoi Kem in what proved the decisive match of the contest. Cha Hyo Sim won by the minimum margin in a tension packed contest to turn the tide (11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12). A major boost for DPR Korea, in an almost equally closely fought engagement, Kim Nam Hae prevailed against Minnie Soo Wai Yam, to end proceedings (11-9, 10-12, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6).

Hard fought exchanges, for China, the top seeds, life was less exacting but Korea Republic, the third seeds, proved worthy opponents.

Zhu Yuling commenced matters by beating Jeon Jihee (11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5), before Chen Meng overcame Choi Hyojoo (11-8, 11-6, 11-8) and Wang Manyu accounted for Suh Hyowon to seal the victory (11-7, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9).

Success and although perhaps a little surprised, Li Sun, the national coach, had his troops well drilled

“The Korean team line-up today was not as what we had expected but we were prepared; the important thing for us is to just play our best on court.” Li Sun

Defeat for Jeon Jihee but she was philosophical and overall reasonably pleased with the efforts made.

“We are very thankful for having so many Korean fans here in the crowd cheering for us. We didn’t have a good draw I think, having to play Singapore in the quarter-finals and then China in the semi-finals, both are very strong teams. Before this match against China, we didn’t think too much. We had not faced China in a team event on the international stage for a long time, so it’s difficult for us.” Jeon Jihee

The final of the Women’s Team event will be played later in the day, in the evening session of play.

Latest Results and Seeding

2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – China v Korea Republic (Tuesday 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – Hong Kong v DPR Korea

2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – China v Chinese Taipei (Tuesday 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – Korea Republic v India (Tuesday 28th August)

2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Men’s Singles (Updated Tuesday 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Women’s Singles (Updated 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Seeding Mixed Doubles (Updated Tuesday 28th August)

Schedule, Entries, Seeding, Earlier Results

2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – China v Hong Kong (Monday 27th August)
2108 Asian Games: Men’s Team – Iran v Chinese Taipei (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – Korea Republic v DPR Korea (Monday 27th August)
2108 Asian Games: Men’s Team – India v Japan (Moday 27th August)

2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – China v Japan (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – Singapore v Korea Republic (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – India v Hong Kong (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – Chinese Taipei v DPR Korea (Monday 27th August)

2018 Asian Games: Results – Detailed Summary (Updated Monday 27th August)

2018 Asian Games: Schedule of Play

2018 Asian Games: Entries – Overall

2018 Asian Games: Entries -Men’s Team
2018 Asian Games: Entries -Women’s Team

2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Men’s Team
2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Women’s Team

2018 Asian Games: Results – Men’s Team (Sunday 26th August)
2018 Asian Games: Results – Women’s Team (Sunday 26th August)

2018 Asian Games: Results – Detailed Summary (Updated Sunday 26th August)

 

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