ITTF. The 2015 Korea Open reached its final day and it started with the semifinal matches in the Singles. The hosting team proved strong in the Men’s Singles.
One player from the hosting team was already assured of a seat in the finals even before the semifinal round took place. In the upper half of the draw, the dark horse Jang Woojin faced his seeded teammate, Jung Youngsik.
After impressive performances, Jang’s magic ended in five sets in the round. Jung Youngsik proved to have better control in 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9.
The other match was between the veteran Joo Saehyuk against the second seed and much younger Koki Niwa of Japan. South Korea needed a boost of confidence in the sport and Joo Saehyuk delivered.
Joo Saehyuk scored 11-9, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9.
Choi Hyojoo was the last hope of the hosting team in the Women’s Singles after her teammates failed to reach this far in the competition. In the earlier round, this qualifier showed impressive form against the top seed Kasumi Ishikawa. Today, she unfortunately failed to repeat such feat and failed to progress further into the finals.
Choi Hyojoo was swept by the young and promising Japanese player Mima Ito who scored 11-8, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9.
Mima Ito will face her teammate and seeded, Ai Fukuhara in the finals. Fukuhara stayed true to her word last week that she will make better performances n her subsequent matches. It was proven too soon. She defeated Shan Xiaona of Germany in 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3.
Photo source: Sohu Sports