First step Well done Korean table tennis men and women singles, ambush and overcoming the Great Wall!

We need to continue the momentum that we put the first button well. Korean table tennis, which is cruising in the Asian regional qualifiers for the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships, must overcome an ambush in the men’s division and the Great Wall in the women’s division.

The Korean table tennis team, led by coach Joo Sae-hyuk and coach Oh Kwang-heon, passed the first round of the group tournament in both men’s and women’s national teams in the regional qualifiers for the tournament currently in progress in Doha, Qatar on the 9th (Korean time). If you win the second game on the 10th, you can secure a ticket to the finals given to the first place in the group. In the event of a loss, after winning as many victories as possible in the additional tournament to be held between the second place in the group, the Asian quota distributed by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) will be confirmed to join the world competition in the order of performance.

According to the Korea Table Tennis Association, 128 men and women each will qualify for the finals based on singles. In Asia, up to 25 men and 28 women can advance to the finals.

The first leg of the singles group stage tournament was a ‘cruise’ itself. In the men’s division, Lim Jong-hun (26, KGC Ginseng Corporation, 16th in the world ranking), Jang Woo-jin (28, Armed Forces Sports Corps, 18th), Lee Sang-soo (33, Samsung Life Insurance, 25th), Ahn Jae-hyun (24, Korea Exchange, 56th), Cho Seung-min (25, Samsung Life Insurance, 62nd), Jeon Ji-hee (31, Mirae Asset Securities, 18th) in the women’s division, Shin Yu-bin (19, Korean Air, 19th), Seo Hyo-won (35, Korea Racing Association, 44th), Choi Hyo-joo (25, Korean Racing Association, 53rd place) and Lee Si-on (27th, Samsung Life Insurance, 66th place) both won lightly. Except for Lim Jong-hun, Jeon Ji-hee, and Shin Yu-bin, who reached the second game with a bye win, as well as Seo Hyo-won and Ahn Jae-hyun, who each gave the first set, all players showed dignity with a set score of 4-0.

Naturally, there is a lot of interest in the second match. In the men’s division, except for Jang Woo-jin, Ahn Jae-hyun, and Cho Seung-min, who will meet Oikawa Mizuki (Japan, 67th), Lao Chenting (Taiwan, 87th), and Lam Siu-hang (Hong Kong, 80th), they will all meet players outside the top 100 in the world rankings. It is a situation where all you have to be careful about is the ambush, so there is a relatively optimistic outlook. However, in the women’s division, Choi Hyo-joo, Seo Hyo-won, and Lee Si-on will meet Wang Man-wi (3rd place), Wang Yi-di (4th place), and Chen Xintong (China, 7th place) respectively in the second match. The objective weight difference is large, and in the case of Wang Man, she is also a gold medalist in the women’s team event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so the burden is heavy. You should also keep in mind the scenario where you need to win as many victories as possible in an additional tournament between the runners-up in the group. At least, it is a good thing that Jeon Ji-hee and Shin Yu-bin met Swastika Ghosh (India, 243rd) and Orawan Paranang (Thailand, 113th), respectively. 토토

The variable is the tight competition schedule that requires both men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles group leagues. In the men’s doubles, Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon (ranked 4th in the world) and Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-seong (15th) will compete. In the women’s doubles, Lee Shion-Choi Hyo-joo (7th) and Jeon Ji-hee-Shin Yu-bin (22nd) will compete. In the mixed doubles, Shin Yu-bin-Lim Jong-hoon (21st) and Cho Dae-seong-Kim Na-young (60th) will be on the court. All of them passed the first round of the group stage on the 7th and will play the second round on the same day.

Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon’s team will face Mohamed Abdulwahab-Khalil Ahmad Almohanandi (Qatar, 291st), and Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-seong will face Ali Al-Khadrawi and Abdulaziz Bou Shurawibi (Saudi Arabia, 53rd), aiming to advance directly to the finals. The Lee Shion-Choi Hyo-joo pair and the Jeon Ji-hee-Shin Yu-bin pair will face the Rosarina Kajieva-Markabo Magdieva (Uzbekistan, 156th) and Srija Akula-Rhys Teninson (India, 235th) respectively. Shin Yu-bin-Lim Jong-hoon and Cho Dae-sung-Kim Na-young will face off against Alan Kurmangariev-Savinots Mirkadirova (Kazakhstan, 390th) and Rashid Rased-Maryam Allari (Bahrain, unranked).

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