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Second Round Sensation, Jung Young Sik in Seventh Heaven

by on Jun.08, 2012, under News

Back from the brink in the opening round, Korea’s 20 year old Jung Young Sik caused the sensation of the whole tournament and one of the biggest upsets of the year, on the evening of Friday 8th June, in the city of Kobe.


In the second round of the Men’s Singles event at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Japan Open, he beat top seed, Germany’s Timo Boll in a spell-binding duel.

Jung Young Sik won in seven games (9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 3-11, 17-15, 9-11, 11-7) to record what is certainly the best win of his young career.

World Ranking
Currently Jung Young Sik stands at no.120 on the Men’s World Rankings.

Conversely Timo Boll, who has occupied the top spot, is at no.6; the statistics underline the magnitude of the victory.

Downward Trend
Furthermore, the win halts what has been a downward trend in recent times; in September 2010 Jung Young Sik stood at no.34 on the Men’s World Rankings; since that time a series of disappointing result has seen him consistently fall down the list.

On the third day of play in Kobe he put matters to rights; it was a day that belonged to Jung Young Sik, a day when the crucial points went his way, something that had not been happening for some 18 months.

Three Matches
He played three matches in the day.

In the second round of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event he beat Japan’s Yuto Muramatsu by the very narrowest of seven game margins (5-11, 16-14, 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10); then in the first round of the Men’s Singles event, he recovered from a three games to nil deficit to beat a second Japanese player in the guise of Taku Takakiwa (2-11, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6).

Confidence Grew
Win a close match and confidence grows; it was never more true than in the case of Jung Young Sik.

“He was a little afraid before he played Timo Boll today”, said Kim Taek Soo who had side courtside in the role of coach. “I told him not to worry, just go out there and play; I told him it didn’t matter whether he won or lost.”

Relaxed Player
Certainly, the advice given by Kim Taek Soo paid dividends; it was a relaxed Jung Young Sik in action.

“In the match, Jung Young Sik was able to read the reverse services of Timo Boll and he was able to become involved in the rallies”, added Kim Taek Soo. “The problem playing Timo Boll, and I’ve experienced the problem, is that there is such a lot of spin on his first three attacks; if you can counter topspin those attacks then you have a chance.”

Jung Young Sik was able to counter top spin; not only counter top spin but counter top spin with aggression.

First Win Over Top Ten Player
“I played Timo in 2010 at the Polish Open and lost four-one”, said Jung Young Sik. “Today when it came to the seventh game, it was my third seventh game of the day I felt relaxed; it’s the first time I’ve beaten a top ten ranked player.”

It could be the first of many; there is no place for Jung Young Sik in the Korean team for the London 2012 Olympic Games but sure Rio de Janeiro in 2016 beckons?

Overshadowed Fine Wins
The win recorded by Jung Young Sik totally overshadowed two other performances of note in the second round of the Men’s Singles event.

Russia’s Alexander Shibaev, the no.27 seed, accounted for the host nation’s Seiya Kishikawa, the no.11 seed (9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8) and Singapore’s Yang Zi, the no. 25 seed, defeated Hong Kong’s Leung Chu Yan (10-12, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8).

Qualifiers Depart
However, there were no further upsets and for the qualifiers who had upset matters in the first round it was farewell.

Singapore’s Zhan Jian, the no.14 seed, defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An (12-10, 6-11, 11-3, 13-11, 3-11, 11-6). Also from Singapore, Gao Ning, the no.5 seed, overcame Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura (11-4, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-6) and Hong Kong’s Tang Peng, the no.16 seed, penetrated the defensive skills of Maharu Yoshimura’s compatriot, Yuto Muramatsu but it was close.

He needed the full seven games (8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 2-11, 11-7).

Similarly for Chinese Taipei’s Wu Chih-Chi, Korea’s Kim Jung Hoon, Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Japan’s Masato Shiono, all qualifiers, it was the end of the road.

Wu Chih-Chi was beaten by Adrien Mattenet of France, the no.12 seed (12-10, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9) and Kim Jung Hoo suffered against compatriot, Joo Saehyuk, the no.3 seed (11-9, 12-14, 11-4, 3-11, 11-7, 11-5). Meanwhile, Wong Chun Ting was beaten by Ryu Seungmin, the no.7 seed and also from Korea (11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 12-14, 11-4); whilst Denmark’s Michael Maze, the no.13 seed, ended the aspirations of Masato Shiono (11-8, 13-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9).

Leading Names Win
Success as status predicted and that was also the situation for the remaining leading names.

In the top half of the draw, Korea’s Oh Sang Eun, the no.6 seed, defeated Croatia’s Zoran Primorac, the no.28 seed (9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-5, 15-13) and Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.3 seed, overcame Oh Sang Eun’s compatriot, Jeong Sangeun, the no 32 seed (5-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5)

Lower Half of Draw
Meanwhile, in the lower half of the draw, Japan’s Jun Mizutani, the no.2 seed, defeated Korea’s Lee Sang Su, the no.29 seed (11-6, 11-3, 13-11, 11-6) and colleague Koki Niwa, the no.8 seed won the all-Japanese duel.

He beat Kenta Matsudaira, the no.23 seed (4-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-3).

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Home of Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Home for International Training Camp

by on Jun.07, 2012, under News

The province in which Chen Qi, Men’s Doubles Olympic gold medalist with Ma Lin in 2004 in Athens, learned his skills, will be the home for an International Training Camp from Monday 6th to Monday 20th August 2012.

Organized by the Chinese Table Tennis Association, the Tongzhou Training Centre in Nantong City, situated in Jiangsu Province, is the venue.

Invitations are extended to 50 players, 25 boys and 25 girls from national associations who are members of the International Table Tennis Federation; should the subscription rate exceed the number of places, selection will be based on World ranking. National Coaches
Principally, the instruction will be given by Chinese National Team Coaches.

All travel costs musts be met by the players or their national association; the cost for the Training Camp, including accommodation and full hospitality, is US $80.00 per day.

Transport from the Training Camp to Suzhou will be organized for players who are competing in the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Harmony China Open in Suzhou from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th August 2012.

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