The 2012 Korea Open Women Doubles reached its conclusion today in Incheon with the seventh seed Ding Ning / Liu Shiwen of China and Lee Eun Hee / Park Young Sook of the host country.
First to serve were the hosts Lee and Park but it was the Chinese pair who earned the first two points. Such wonderful entrance eventually gave Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen great control in the opening set in a commanding 7-0. Obviously, the set was owned by the Chinese pair with a powerful 11-2.
After the devastating set for Lee Eun Hee and Park Young Sook, the hosts played better at the start of the second set, targeting their attacks to Liu Shiwen. Eventually, Lee and Park established their lead in 4-3. Despite some presence from the hosts, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen maintained their composure and sealed a 2-0 lead with 11-7.
In the third set, Lee Eun Hee and Park Young Sook got the momentum and was in lead with 5-2. They continued with the control but when the Chinese pair came close in 7-8, South Korea called for a timeout. After the game resumed, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen leveled in 8-8 and overtook to 9-8. At this point, South Korea wasn't able to catch up as China established a 3-0 advantage with a tight 11-9.
At this point, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen were one set away to the title. However this did not stop Lee Eun Hee and Park Young Sook for fighting as they leveled in 5-5. The Chinese pair did what they had to do and broke free from the tie. Eventually, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen reached match point in 10-6 and sealed the match with 11-7.
After four sets, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen are hailed as the Women Doubles of the 2012 Korea Open.
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