22 May 2020

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Top seed Timo Boll exits the race (Paris 2003)

Men’s Singles: Round of 32

Would you believe it? Timo Boll, seeded first for the men’s singles competition, is out following a shock Round of 32 defeat!

Reigning Men’s World Cup champion Boll was expected to be a major challenger for the title in Paris but it hasn’t worked out for the German with China’s Qi Yike earning a major scalp. A big shock in the men’s singles draw, the race has been blown wide open with Boll’s departure.

Tamara Boros wins seven-game epic (Paris 2003)

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Talk about a tie filled with twists and turns! We’ve just been treated to a mesmerising Round of 16 contest in the women’s singles event here in Paris with Croatia’s Tamara Boros and Romania’s Otilia Bădescu playing out a sensational full distance encounter.

Down by 0-2 on the scoreboard, Boros picked up three of the following four games to sneak through to the last eight (9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4).

History made as Hyun-Junghwa lifts trophy (Gothenburg 1993)

Women’s Singles: Final

Korea Republic has won the women’s singles title at the World Championships for the first time with Hyun Junghwa writing her name down in the history books.

A class above her opponent from start to finish, Hyun was rarely troubled by Chinese Taipei’s Chen Jing with the final decided in just three games (21-6, 21-15, 21-14). An unforgettable day for Hyun Junghwa and a day of great significance for Korean table tennis!

Gold for Korea Republic’s Hyun-Junghwa (Photo: Butterfly)
Gold medal showdown (Gothenburg 1993)

Here we go! It’s time for the final fixture in the women’s singles title race as Korea Republic’s Hyun Junghwa and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Jing battle it out for gold.

Chiba medallists meet face-to-face (Gothenburg 1993)

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

Two players who both secured podium finishes two years back at the 1991 World Championships in Chiba, however, only one of Sweden’s Jan-Ove Waldner and Korea Republic’s Kim Taek-Soo could ensure another medal finish in Gothenburg with the two meeting face-to-face for a semi-final spot.

World champion in 1989 and runner-up in 1991, Waldner entered the fixture as favourite for the win and he didn’t disappoint. Playing at the top of his game right from the start, Waldner brushed Kim aside with little difficulty (21-10, 21-9, 21-18).

Gatien holds on to reach last four (Gothenburg 1993)

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

French star Jean-Philippe Gatien has extended his stay in the men’s singles competition here in Gothenburg after negotiating a tricky quarter-final tie.

Andras Podpinka gave a good account of himself, fighting back from a two-game deficit to force a decider. But, the match eventually went in the direction of Gatien, who held his nerve to edge a simply thrilling encounter (21-12, 28-26, 17-21, 10-21, 21-17).

Close but Andras Podpinka falls to French star (Photo: Guido Schiefer)
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