South Korea was 0-2 behind Japan, in the quarterfinals of Dortmund. However, when Dang Ye Seo earned the first point for her team, South Korea maintained their momentum and could reach a 2-2 score in the 4th match. As a true sign of experience, Kim Kyung Ah sealed their 3-2 victory with a tight 14-12.
"A lot of people think that we are weak but actually, each of our players has remarkable strength. However, we can not be happy with our results in Dortmund." Kang Hee Chan started.
The Dortmund Championships was the last big competition before the Olympics. Everyone considered it as an important warm up match for their players but Coach Kang doesn't agree that much.
"Although the World Championships was the last big event before the Olympics, the competition system is still not the same so it can not be considered as a real warm up match. The players can only assess their level through the competition. This could be one good point of the competition." Kang added.
Furthermore, the head coach gave recognition to her veteran Kim Kyung Ah who was considered to be a pillar of the team. Kang Hee Chan said that although there can be problems on her physical strength, her comprehensive experience is still a very important factor for success. "She is still in a very good shape."
The Chinese Women Team was the biggest winner in Dortmund after crushing the Singapore team who defeated South Korea in the semifinals. Indeed, China is a really strong opponent, however Kang Hee Chan believes that the day will eventually come that they will be able to win against China.
"To be honest, our players, and other team's players, all want to win against China. But it is an extremely difficult task. Whether in techniques, mentality, or even their sports environment, China is leading in all aspects. We should look into the future. The best way to beat them is through hard work. I believe that day will come." Kang Hee Chan concluded.
Indeed, if other teams have done it, like Singapore, South Korea can also do it. In fact, South Korea has already done it, of course with the help of their sisters from North Korea in the 1919 World Championship. The question now is when will such victory happen again?
As of now, here is a video of the epic match in Dortmund where South Korean pillar Kim Kyung Ah sealed the very intense match against Japanese Kasumi Ishikawa.
Kasumi Ishikawa vs Kim Kyung Ah 2012 Dortmund
video kindly shared by Beanny46
Photo source: Flickr account of ITTF