Shin Yubin-Jeon Hee upset top-ranked Chinese pair to reach first World Table Tennis final in 30 years
Shin Yubin (Korean Air) and Jeon Jeon-hee (Mirae Asset Securities) have crossed the ‘Great Wall of China’ and reached the Women’s Individual Final of the World Table Tennis Championships for the first time in 30 years as Korean players.
The 12th-ranked pair of Shin Yoo-bin and Jeon Jeon-hee secured the silver medal with a 3-0 (11-7 11-9 11-6) victory over China’s world number one pair of Sun Ying-sa and Wang Man-yu in the women’s doubles semi-final on day six of the 2023 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in Durban, South Africa, on 26 June (local time).메이저놀이터
It is the first time in 30 years that a South Korean player has reached the women’s individual final at a world championship since 1993 in Gothenburg, Sweden, when Hyun Jung-hwa won the women’s singles gold medal.
The pair of Shin Yubin and Jeon Jeon-hee are just one win away from crossing the Great Wall and giving Korean table tennis its first women’s individual gold medal in 30 years.
They will play seventh-ranked Wang Yidi and Chen Meng (China) at 1.30am local time on the 28th.
South Korea can also claim a double gold in the men’s doubles with Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung (both Samsung Life) in the final.
Shin Yubin and Jeon Jeon-hee, the defending champions, pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament after playing aggressive attacking table tennis against Sun Ying-sa and Wang Man-yu, the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked singles players in the world.
Sun Yingxia and Wang Manyu had no chance against the speedy forehand of Jeon Jeon-hee and the tenacious defence of Shin Yubin.
From the round of 32 to today’s semi-final, the pair had won all four matches in straight sets.
“I think we’re crazy,” Jeon said after the match, laughing when asked by an on-court interviewer how they managed to beat the world number one.
Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung (ranked 11th) lost 1-3 (11-7 3-11 5-11 12-14) to China’s world number one pair of Fan Zhen-dong and Wang Chuchin in the men’s doubles semi-finals.
The result means that the final clashes between the Korean pair of Jang Woo-jin (Mirae Asset Securities)-Lim Jong-hoon (Korea Exchange) (3rd) and Lee Sang-soo-Dae-sung (Korea Exchange) (4th) have been cancelled.
The finals between Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon and Pan Zhen-dong and Wang Chu-chin will be played at 9.30pm on the 27th.
Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon hold a 1-1 head-to-head record against Pan Jeon-dong and Wang Chu-chin. They met once in March this year at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Singapore Smash Finals.
Earlier, the ‘veteran’ Lee Sang-soo, a three-time World Championships doubles medallist (silver (1), bronze (2)), and his spirited ‘younger brother’ Cho Dae-sung had upset the ‘defending champions’ Sweden in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-finals.
However, the world number one doubles and number two singles players, Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin, proved too much for them.
Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung took the first game but struggled as Pan Jeon-dong’s attack from deep across the table came alive.
They fought hard in the final four games, scoring three deuces, but were unable to extend the match to five games.