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  • 14Jun

    Korea’s Park Mi Young and Japan’s Sayaka Hirano, the respective top
    two seeds in the Women’s Singles event at the Japan Open in Wakayama,
    booked their places in the final, following success at the penultimate
    stage on the morning of Sunday 14th June 2009.

    Both progressed in impressive style.

    In
    five games, Park Mi Young proved too experienced for the host nation’s
    19 year old Yuka Ishigaki, seeded no.13, whilst the consistency of
    Sayaka Hirano was a major telling point in her defeat of Sun Bei Bei,
    the no.3 seed.
    A contest between two stalwart defensive artistes saw Park Mi Young
    prevail 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-2; whilst in the counterpart
    semi-final Sayaka Hirano succeeded 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7.

    Followed History
    The
    contest between Park Mi Young and Yuka Ishigaki followed the course of
    history; it was the fifth time in international competition that they
    had met, it was the fifth time that Park Mi Young had won.

    Furthermore,
    she has never been extended the full distance by the rising Japanese
    star but conversely has never succeeded in straight games.

    Previous Duels
    In
    June 2006, Park Mi Young won in six games in the Women’s Singles event
    at the Volkswagen Open Korea, twelve months later she won in five games
    at the Volkswagen Open Japan and then in May 2008 by the same margin
    once again in Korea.

    Meanwhile, in February 2009, the two met
    in Doha at the Qatar Open and once again Park Mi Young prevailed; on
    this occasion in six games.

    Difficult to Predict
    The
    odds in Wakayama were certainly with Park Mi Young; however the result
    of the duel between Sayaka Hirano and Sun Bei Bei was much more
    difficult to predict.

    It was their third meeting a world ranking event with honours in the previous two being shared.

    In
    2007 they had met at the Chile Open in April and at the Asian
    Championships in September; Sayaka Hirano won the semi-final Women’s
    Singles duel in Chile but at the Asian Championships was beaten in the
    Women’s Team semi-final duel.

    Fourth Time
    Defeat
    for Sun Bei Bei and it was the fourth time in her career that she has
    suffered a Women’s Singles semi-final defeat on the ITTF Pro Tour.
    Earlier in the year she lost at the penultimate stage in Germany whilst
    in 2007 she suffered the same fate in Brazil and Chile in consecutive
    weeks.

    Semi-final sadness but she has progressed further; in 2005 she was the runner up in Croatia and in 2007 she won in India.

    Second Time
    However,
    for Yuka Ishigaki, she has never progressed beyond the penultimate
    stage and her Women’s Singles semi-final place in Wakayama was only the
    second time in her career that she has reached the final day.

    The previous occasion was in Brazil on 2007.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 7:19 pm

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