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High note ending for Korea Republic

Wednesday 06 October

Eight days of action in Doha came at the 2021 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in came to an end on a high note for Korea Republic on Tuesday 5th October.

Jeon Jihee and Shin Yubin won the women’s doubles title, Lee Sangsu claimed men’s singles gold.

Lee Sangsu, ther men's singles winner

Lee Sangsu, the no.3 seed, accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.4 seed (12-10, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8) to win the men’s singles title, having in the penultimate round performed highway robbery in the second and third games in opposition to Japan’s Shunsuke Togami.

After losing the opening game, in each game he trailed 7-10 before securing victory (8-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the counterpart semi-final contest Chuang Chih-Yuan accounted for Jang Woojin, the top seed and thus prevented any possibility of an all-Korean final. Chuang Chih-Yuan prevailed in four games (6-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-9).

Notably, it is the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1952 in Singapore that a player from the Korea Republic has won the men’s singles title at an Asian Championships. It has taken almost 70 years!

Victory for Lee Sangsu came after Jeon Jihee and Shin Yubin, the top seeds, had captured women’s doubles gold.

Following success against Japan’s Minami Ando and Miyu Nagasaki, the no.6 seeds (11-8, 11-8, 11-9) the Korean duo overcame Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the no.5 seeds (11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4) to arrest the title.

Earlier Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching had caused somewhat of an upset by overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hsien-Tzu and Liu Hsing-Yin (11-9, 11-1, 11-3).

Gold for Jeon Jihee and Shin Yubin means they are they become the fourth pair from Korea Republic to secure the title and made sure that when the Asian Championships are held in Doha, the title is always won by Korea Republic.

On the one other occasion in when Doha hosted the event, in 2000 Lee Eunsil and Seok Eunmi emerged the winners.

Previously, in 1998 in Osaka Lee Eunsil had partnered Ryu Jihae to success, in 1988 in Niigata Hyun Junghwa and Yang Younga had emerged the champions.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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