Korean table tennis in shock…both men’s and women’s singles fail to reach quarterfinals


Korean table tennis has been wiped out in the individual singles at the 26th Pyeongchang Asian Table Tennis Championships. None of the men or women made it to the quarterfinals.

The first woman to play was Shin Yubin (Korean Air 19, World No. 9), who lost 2-3 (9-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-3, 9-11) to Thailand’s Orawan Paranang (World No. 92). It was the first loss on home soil for the South Korean, who was 4-0 in their previous four meetings on the international stage. Jeon Jeon-hee (Mirae Asset Securities-30, World No. 33) was defeated 0-3 (8-11, 5-11, 4-11) by Japan’s Mima Ito (World No. 8).

The men’s singles also suffered a series of losses. First up was Ahn Jae-hyun (KEUR-23, World No. 40), who lost 0-3 (3-11, 7-11, 6-11) to Liang Jing-kun (World No. 6) of China. Zhang Wujin (27, World No. 9) was more disappointing. He came from behind to lose a full game to Hong Kong’s pen holder Wong Chun Ting (World No. 50). After taking the first two games, she was overwhelmed by Wong’s momentum and dropped three games. He lost 3-2 (11-9, 19-17, 2-11, 9-11, 10-12).

There were no upsets in the round of 16 for Lim Jong-hoon (KEUR-26, World No. 17), the last Korean match of the day. He lost 1-3 (10-12, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11) to Japan’s Yuta Tanaka (World No. 73). The momentum of Yuta Tanaka, who had upset Wang Chuqin in the previous match, was frightening, but there were too many unforced errors by Lim to explain the loss.

With that, Korea Table Tennis has wrapped up the individual singles competition on home soil. The men’s and women’s doubles teams are in the top four and have medal hopes, but the premature end to the more important singles events has left a heavy atmosphere in the Pyeongchang Dome.

After all the singles matches were completed, men’s head coach Joo Se-hyuk said, “We’re not doing the people any favors by finishing too early. It’s true that the players are tired from traveling to so many competitions, but it’s a problem that a national team has to overcome. The coach needs to reflect. There are a lot of bubbles in the world rankings, which are heavily influenced by the number of tournaments played. The players have to recognize that. I think we need to be more sober about our position and put in the effort that we deserve. We will focus on the remaining doubles first, but at the end of the tournament, we will take a more multifaceted look and see where we want to go.” 온라인카지노

It was also a precursor to the Hangzhou Asian Games, which begin on the 23rd of this month. The plan was to use this event to build momentum and challenge for a medal in Hangzhou. Unfortunately, they got off to a rocky start. “We’re going to need some recharging time,” said Joo. “Maybe this loss is good medicine. We will try to do better at the Asian Games,” he said.

Korea Table Tennis is now down to the men’s and women’s individual doubles quarterfinals. Both the men’s and women’s doubles quarterfinal opponents are from China. Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon will face Ma Rong and Wang Chuchin, Ahn Jae-hyun and Park Kang-hyun will face Ling Gaoyuan of Panjian Dong, and Shin Yubin and Jeon Jeon-hee will face Sun Yingxia and Wang Yidi. Doubles came with the added challenge of shaking off some of their singles disappointments.