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  • 22Feb

    Korea’s Joo Se Hyuk executed his outstanding athletic skills to the
    full and demonstrated that there is still a home for the defensive
    player in modern day table tennis in Doha on Friday 20th February 2009.

    In the third round of the Men’s Singles event at the Qatar Open he beat China’s talented Chen Qi.

    Joo Se Hyuk won 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8.

    On the current ITTF Men’s World Rankings, Joo Se Hyuk stands at no.10 with Chen Qi, three places higher at no.7.

    Ominous Signs
    The
    Korean captured the first game but then signs for a surprise win looked
    ominous; Chen Qi played consistently, the left hander executing
    forehands topspins directed towards the body of his adversary.

    He was patient but as the match progressed, patience ran out and trying to force matters, he made mistakes.

    Lost Focus
    "Yes, I think he lost concentration", said Joo Se Hyuk. "Also I think his left arm was hurting."

    I’m not sure it was hurting, more aching from having to topspin against the Joo Se Hyuk defensive strategy.

    Backspin Play
    "I
    kept defending, I kept trying to return with heavy backspin and play
    for long points", added Joo Se Hyuk. "As the match progressed I felt my
    best chance of winning was keep defending; it’s one of the few times
    I’ve beaten him, I won when we played in the Chinese League recently
    but on the three of four other occasions that we have met, I’ve always
    lost."

    Defeat for Ryu Seung Min
    The
    defeat of Chen Qi was one of two surprises in the third round of the
    Men’s Singles event, the other being the defeat of Joo Se Hyuk’s
    colleague, Ryu Seung Min by Hong Kong’s Tang Peng.

    Tang Peng, a
    right handed shakehands grip player but very different to the world’s
    top players of that style in that he uses short pimples on the
    backhand, exercised his skill in the use of that material to the full.

    Fast Backhand
    Attacking
    quickly from the backhand, often down the parallel wide to the Ryu
    Seung Min forehand, he forced errors whilst capitalising with a strong
    forehand topspin when the chance arose.

    Victory for Tang Peng,
    currently standing at no.35 on the ITTF Men’s World Ranking over the
    2004 Olympic champion, currently ranked no.11, came his way 8-11,
    11-13, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6.

    Yoon Jae Young Wins
    The
    wins recorded by Joo Se Hyuk and Tang Peng were both contrary to the
    current standing of the players on the ITTF Men’s World Ranking list
    and there was a third; once again with a Korean involved.

    Yoon
    Jae Young beat Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan; he won 11-8, 11-9,
    6-11, 11-8, 12-14, 13-11; the Korean currently stands at no.27 on the
    rankings with Chuang Chih-Yuan at no.9.

    However, there were no further upsets.

    Ma Lin and Wang Liqin Succeed
    In
    the top half of the draw China’s Ma Lin, seeded no.1, beat Hong Kong’s
    Ko Lai Chak 11-8, 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6 whilst colleague, Wang Liqin,
    seeded no.4 overcame Croatia’s Zoran Primorac in four straight games.

    He
    won 11-8, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 proving to be the master in the art of
    counter topspin play, a skill in which Zoran Primorac also excels.

    Topspin Duels
    Meanwhile,
    in the lower half of the draw, Germany’s Timo Boll, seeded no.3 won an
    entertaining duel against Japan’s Jun Mizutani, the two players
    thrilling those present with dazzling forehand topspin exchanges whilst
    in similar mode, China’s Xu Xin beat Portugal’s Joao Monteiro.

    Timo
    Boll won 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 with Xu Xin overcoming the
    spirited Portuguese star 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 11-7, 14-16, 11-8.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 6:24 pm

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