The world’s No. 1 table tennis women’s doubles team, Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee, will continue their challenge for the gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Although they lost in the initial battle of momentum, the two achieved a thrilling comeback victory based on trust and belief in each other.
World No. 1 team Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee beat Taiwan’s world number 21 team Zhen Zhi-yu and Huang Yi-hua with a game score of 3-1 (9 -11 11-6 11-6 11-4) won.
Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee met North Korea in the round of 16 of this tournament on the 29th and engaged in a ‘North-South confrontation’.
They defeated the team of Kim Geum-young and Byun Song-kyung with a game score of 3-1 (11-4 5-11 11-9 12-10) and advanced to the quarterfinals. 토토사이트
Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee were evaluated as superior in terms of objective power and recent performance compared to the team of Zhen Zhi-yu and Hwang Yi-hwa, who will clash in the quarterfinals on this day, but Taiwan came out firmly against Korea.
The pairing of Jeon Zhi-yu and Hwang Yi-hwa seemed to have been made after a thorough analysis based on the frequent encounters between Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee in recent women’s doubles matches at international competitions.
The team of Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee made mistakes due to Taiwan’s unexpected attack, and lost the first game to Taiwan with a score of 9-11. After the end of the first game, Jeon Zhi-woo and Hwang Yi-hwa were happy and pushed Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee as if they had confirmed their advancement to the semifinals.
However, the title of world number one was not easily achieved. The pair of Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee won a silver medal by defeating the Chinese team in the women’s doubles individual world championship held in Durban, South Africa last May. As if to prove their potential, they gradually regained control starting from the second game. As both offense and defense regained stability, their performance gradually improved and it became easier to accumulate points. The game was balanced by taking the second game 11-6.
Game 3 unfolded in a similar fashion to game 2. He performed the magic of instantly turning a 4-6 disadvantage into an 11-6 lead. Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee overwhelmed Taiwan and turned the game around.
Game 4 was completely dominated by Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee. Taiwan, embarrassed by the two waves of attacks, collapsed without even trying to use its strength. Korea ended the game with an 11-4 score and secured a ticket to the semifinals.
In a mixed zone interview after the women’s doubles quarterfinals, Jeon Ji-hee said, “Taiwan was much more difficult than I thought. Our attack was too blocked until the middle of the third set,” and “Maybe because it was our third meeting recently, I felt like they knew us well. “It didn’t go well in the first set,” he said.
Shin Yu-bin also expressed her thoughts, saying, “Taiwan seemed to have prepared well and we had a difficult time playing the game. However, from the second half of the game, I played well with my sister (Jeon Ji-hee) and good results followed.”
In the women’s singles quarterfinals held prior to the women’s doubles quarterfinals, Shin Yu-bin defeated Taiwan’s Zhen Zhiyou 4-1 (6-11 11-9 11-7 11-7 11-3) to advance to the semifinals. The winning process was the same as the women’s doubles, so they lost one set first, then took four sets and advanced to the semifinals. In the table tennis event at the Hangzhou Asian Games, the country and player who lost in the semifinals will be awarded a bronze medal without a 3rd or 4th place match.
Shin Yu-bin won a bronze medal each in the women’s team event and mixed doubles, and showed her potential by entering the finals in all four events she participated in this tournament. The women’s singles will be played against China’s Sun Yingsha, world number one, on October 1, and the women’s doubles will be played against Japan’s Harimoto Miwa and Kihara Miyu (33rd) on October 2 for a chance to advance to the finals. Harimoto, along with her older brother Tomokazu Harimoto, are genius table tennis siblings representing Japan.
Shin Yu-bin said, “It’s amazing that I won a medal. It’s so fun, and I want to prepare well for the upcoming semi-finals to make it a game with no regrets. I will prepare thoroughly for the remaining time so that I can show a good performance.”
Shin Yu-bin carefully revealed her determination to aim for gold in both her women’s singles and women’s doubles. In the case of women’s doubles, it is true that expectations for a gold medal are higher as she is ranked No. 1 in the world with her soul partner Jeon Ji-hee. Rather than being nervous, Shin Yu-bin is more focused on how she should perform.
Korea’s recent Asian Games gold medal in table tennis dates back to the 2002 Busan Asian Games. At that time, since the men’s doubles team of Lee Cheol-seung and Yoo Seung-min and the women’s doubles team of Lee Eun-sil and Seok Eun-mi won the championship, Korean table tennis has not conquered the Asian Games summit until the 2006 Doha, 2010 Guangzhou, 2014 Incheon, and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang competitions.
Shin Yu-bin, born in 2004, naturally has no memories of the 2002 Busan Asian Games. “She’s never even seen it as a data screen,” she laughed.
Instead, Shin Yu-bin said, “I don’t feel any pressure yet because I first think about what strategy I will use and how I will play the game (in the semifinals),” and added, “Ever since I was young, I always imagined winning a gold medal (at the Asian Games) and standing on the podium.” said.
When Jeon Ji-hee said, “Shin Yu-bin has a good imagination. She is good at drawing,” Shin Yu-bin responded, “Should she draw a gold medal-winning picture tonight?” and she ended the day in a good mood.
Meanwhile, men’s singles’ Woojin Jang (13th place) defeated Japan’s ace Tomokazu Harimoto (4th place) in the quarterfinals of the Hangzhou Asian Games, 4-3 (8-11 10-12 😎 after a fierce battle in the full game. 11 11-9 19-17 11-4 11-8) and won. Reaching the semifinals secured her a bronze medal and earned her the first international all-around singles medal of her career.
With this, the men’s and women’s singles and men’s and women’s doubles brackets for this tournament have been decided. The men’s singles consisted of Pan Zhendong (China) – Zhang Wujin, Wang Chuqin (China) – Wong Chunting (Hong Kong), while the women’s singles consisted of Sun Yingxia – Xin Yubin, Hayata Hina (Japan) – Wang Yidi (China).
In the men’s doubles, Pan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin will face Iran’s Alamian Darunkolaei Nima and Alaamian Darunkolaei Noshad, while the Jang Woojin-Lim Jong-hoon pair will clash with the Tsang Chin-hwa and Lin Yunju (Taiwan) pair that defeated China.
In women’s doubles, Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee will face Harimoto and Kihara, while Cha Soo-young and Park Soo-kyung (North Korea) will face Mukherjee Sutirtha and Mukherjee Aichta (India). In women’s doubles, both Chinese teams were eliminated in the quarterfinals, so it is predicted that Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee may win.