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  • 13Jun

    Certainly on Thursday 11th June 2009, it was the ‘Match of the Day’
    and there could but just cause for dubbing the contest the ‘Match of
    the Year’.

    It was a duel of quite epic proportions. In the group
    qualification stage of the Men’s Singles event at the Japan Open in
    Wakayama, the host nation’s Kenta Matsudaira, the young man who had
    achieved hero status at the recent H.I.S.World Championships in
    Yokohama, beat Korea’s Jung Young Sik in a duel that will live long in
    the memory.
    Kenta Matsudaira won 11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8, 19-17.

    Drama
    The well worn phrase ‘Victory by the narrowest of margins’ is an understatement.

    Furthermore, the sheer facts mask the actual drama.

    Seventh Game
    ‘Kenta
    was leading 10-6 in the seventh game’, explained Austria’s Karl
    Jindrak, the ITTF Competition Manager on duty in Wakayama. Jung Young
    Sik came back to 10-all and then had five match points in a row!’

    The chances went begging and they were real chances.

    Serving
    ‘On
    each occasion Jung Young Sik was serving’, emphasized Karl Jindrak.
    ‘The defensive blocking play combined with some high risk strokes saw
    long rallies with the verdict eventually going 19-17 to Kenta
    Matsudaira; it was a splendid match with Kenta perhaps a little tired
    from playing in the Volkswagen China versus World Team match.’

    In
    Shanghai, Kenta Matsudaira had lost to Wang Liqin in a close five games
    encounter, whilst at the H.I.S. World Championships he had suffered
    defeat against Wang Liqin’s Chinese national team compatriot, Ma Lin,
    in what was arguably the most memorable match in the seven days of
    competition in the Yokohama Arena.

    Great Credit
    The
    fact that Jung Young Sik, extended Kenta Matsudaira to the very brink
    is great credit to the Korean; he finished the group in second place
    with both Kenta Matsudaira and Jung Young Sik beating the rising French
    star, Simon Gauzy.

    No Luck
    Alas,
    it was scant consolation for the Korean; only the group winner
    progressed to the main draw and lady luck did not shine on Jung Young
    Sik; he did not receive one of the four ‘Lucky Loser’ places.

    It was not his day but he could reflect with pride on his superb efforts.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 2:36 pm

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