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  • 28Sep

    The attacking skills and dynamic strokes of Greece’s Kalinikos
    Kreranga against the defensive attributes of Korea’s Joo Se Hyuk was
    the scenario for the second quarter-final in the Liebherr Men’s World
    Cup.

    History was by the narrowest of margins in favour of Joo Se
    Hyuk; he had won four of the seven meetings against Kalinikos Kreanga
    in world ranking events.

    In the Country Hall Ethias in Liege on the evening of Saturday 27th September 2008, Kalinikos Kreanga levelled score.
    He defeated Joo Se Hyuk in six games, winning 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 12-10.

    Better Start
    Kalinikos
    Kreanga made the better start in the duel against Joo Se Hyuk; the
    successful tactic employed was to play consistently with heavy topspin
    into the backhand of the Korea, then when the chance arose, play a fast
    point winning topspin to the forehand.

    The Greek ace established
    a 6-3 lead, the three point gap gave him the confidence to unleash his
    famed backhand; it was risky but it worked.

    Resolute
    However, Joo Se Hyuk remained totally resolute and patient.

    He
    reduced the arrears in the opening game to 7-8 but never levelled as
    Kalinikos Kreanga went back to plan of safety first by topspinning to
    the backhand and then playing the meteoric forehand when the chance
    arose.

    It was a successful philosophy.

    Errors
    Success
    for Kalinikos Kreanga in the opening game but in the second game he
    made a series of errors and if he played with caution then Joo Se Hyuk
    seized the chance to execute his powerful forehand topspin.

    The game went comfortably to the Korea; it was parity.

    Original Policy
    In
    the third game it was back to the plan that had won the first game and
    it succeeded; Kalinikos Kreanga secured the third game with a degree of
    comfort and he was one game to the good.

    He continued the
    policy in the fourth game and established an 8-4 lead; Joo Se Hyuk
    reduced the deficit to 9-7 but never won another point. Kalinikos
    Kreanga played in expansive mode and was two games to the good.

    Fifth Game Secured
    The third and fourth games had followed the pattern of the first; the fifth game followed the pattern of the second.

    Kalinikos
    Kreanga made a series of errors, his concentration wandering; Joo Se
    Hyuk captured the game and thus reduced the match arrears to one game.

    Sixth Game
    In
    the sixth game, Kalinikos Kreanga served predominantly with the
    backhand from the centre of the table, directing the service towards
    the forehand of Joo Se Hyuk and then playing his first attack with his
    backhand.

    He met with some success and held the advantage at
    6-4; Joo Se Hyuk went ahead 9-7 and at 10-8 held two game points.
    Playing audaciously, Kalinikos Kreanga saved both match points and then
    at 11-10 had match point.

    Victory
    Serving with the backhand to the forehand of Joo Se Hyuk, then attacking consistently he converted the opportunity.

    A place in the semi-finals had been booked.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 11:54 am

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