WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday 2nd December
Korea Republic defies seeding, books last eight place
Play in Bendigo, Australia at the 2018 World Junior Championships underway; on the opening day of play, Sunday 2nd December, the Korea Republic emerged the nation to note.
In the Girls’ Team event, they emerged the first outfit to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Girls’ Team event; the no.13 seeds, they recorded three-nil wins against India, the no.6 seeds and Brazil, the no.12 seeds.
Shin Yubin, the one player who remains in the Korea Republic team from one year ago in Riva del Garda, set the example.
Against India, she beat Selena Selvakumar in three straight games (12-10, 11-8, 11-5); immediately following in a much closer contest, Ryu Hanna accounted for Archana Girish Kamath by the very narrowest of margins (10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 12-10), before Cho Haeeun sealed the victory. She followed the example set by Shin Yubin, she overcame Swastika Ghosh in straight games (11-6, 11-6, 14-12).
Later in the day when facing Brazil with Wee Yeji replacing Cho Haeeun, Shin Yubin did the same but it was much more testing contest. She needed the full five games to beat Bruna Takahashi only emerging successful by the minimum two point margin in the decider (7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9).
Nerves settled, Wee Yeji accounted for Livia Lima (11-8, 11-6, 11-9), before concluding matters by overcoming 13 year old Giulia Takahashi (11-8, 11-4, 11-7).
The Korea Republic joins Japan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and China, in the last eight; the top four seeds gaining direct entries to the quarter-finals. The remaining three places have yet to be decided; the decisions rest in the contests between Russia and Belarus, Serbia against Romania and France versus the United States.
The concluding group stage fixtures will be conducted on Monday 3rd December.