Korean women’s singles and doubles win medals for the first time in 12 years
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Ahn Hong-seok = Shin Yu-bin (Korean Air) and Jeon Ji-hee (Mirae Asset Securities) defeated the ‘European Champion’ and secured the bronze medal at the individual World Table Tennis Championships.
Group Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee (12th) won the women’s doubles quarterfinals on the 6th day of the 2023 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Individual World Table Tennis Championships held in Durban, South Africa on the 25th (local time), Sofia Polkanova (Austria), ranked 3rd in the world. -Bernadette Sotz (Romania) defeated Joe 3-0 (11-9 15-13 11-4).
In this tournament, bronze medals are awarded to all losers in the semi-finals without a match for 3rd and 4th place, so Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee secured at least a bronze medal with their victory that day.
It is the first time in 12 years that Korean women’s table tennis has won medals in singles or women’s doubles at the individual world championships since the 2011 tournament when Kim Kyung-ah and Park Mi-young won bronze medals.
However, in mixed doubles, Park Young-sook (retired) won a silver medal with Lee Sang-soo (Samsung Life Insurance) in the 2013 event, and Yang Ha-eun (Posto International) won a gold medal with Xu Xin of China in the 2015 event.
Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee’s team recorded 4 victories in their career against Polkanova and Soetz.
The Polcanova-Sötz pair, who have been working together for five years since 2019, are the strong players who won the European Championships last year.However, in front of Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee, he becomes especially small.
Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee’s final ticket challenge is expected to be much tougher than today.
On the 26th, the winner of the world ranking between Sun Ying-sa and Wang Man-yu (China) and 4-ranked Zheng Yi-jing and Li Yu-jun (Taiwan) will compete for the final.
Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee have fought against Sun Ying-sa and Wang Man-wi once, but have never faced the Zheng Yi-jing-Li Yu-jun pair.
The team Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee, who won the first game relatively comfortably that day, faced a crisis as they lost 4-8 in the second game.
However, he did not shake and calmly induced the opponent to make a mistake and caught up with 10-10.Then, after a fierce deuce match, he took 2 games and gave a foreboding of victory.