01 Nov 2018

Moments of sheer drama, wins against the odds and recoveries to keep the crowd on the very edges of their seats; the contest that brought the opening day of play, Thursday 1st November, at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in the country’s capital city of Stockholm, was no exception.

In the opening round of the Men’s Singles event, Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin eventually overcame Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting by the very narrowest of margins (11-7, 10-12, 9-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-7, 12-10), a confrontation littered with scintillating athletic top spin rallies.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A contest of high quality, leading three games to one and ahead 10-7 in the fifth, Wong Chun Ting was on the brink of victory; Jang Woojin saved all three match points, before on his third game point succeeding and keeping hopes alive.

“At the start of the match I was nervous; then when I was down 10-7 in the fifth I relaxed and just said to myself play one point, one point, one point. It was at that stage things changed, I think he became nervous and started to play faster and faster. I decided to use by backhand more to try to control the play, not move around so much to play my forehand.” Jang Woojin

Success for Jang Woojin, the win following success for Lim Jonghoon in the all Korea Republic clash; he beat Jeong Sangeun, the no.14 seed (8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 11-2, 11-6).

Upsets, in the remaining contests which concluded just prior to the Jang Woojin epic, it was success as status advised. China’s Xu Xin, the no.2 seed, beat Austria’s Robert Gardos (11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3); similarly, Japan’s Jun Mizutani, the no.9 seed, eventually ended the adventures of the ever improving Frenchman, Can Akkuzu (11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-3, 12-10).

The second round of the Men’s Singles event will be played to a conclusion on Friday 2nd November.

World Tour 2018 Seamaster Swedish Open Jang Woojin

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