Lim Jong-hoon, Shin Yoo-bin return to top after nine months South Korea clinch men’s and women’s doubles titles
Nine months after winning the title in Novgorica last November
South Korea reached the final four in the men’s and women’s doubles to secure the title
The Korean duo of Lim Jong-hoon (KEX) and Shin Yoo-bin (Korean Air) have won the mixed doubles title at an international tournament in Brazil.
The Korean duo defeated Spain’s Alvaro Robles-Maria Siaa 3-1 (11-9 12-10 8-11 11-4) in the mixed doubles final of the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender Rio de Janeiro 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 토토 on Wednesday (July 13).
The world No. 4 mixed doubles team of Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yoo-bin entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeated Ovidiu Ionescu-Bernadette Sötz (ROM) in the quarterfinals and Jang Woo-jin-Jeon-hee (KOR) in the semifinals.
The Asian Games and Olympic medal favorites won their first WTT Contender Mixed Doubles title at the Nova Gorica event last November, but have not won since. The duo will look to build their confidence ahead of next month’s Asian Championships, the Asian Games, and next year’s Olympics.
Lim and Shin are also looking to win the men’s and women’s doubles titles.
In the men’s doubles quarterfinals, Lim Jong-hoon and Ahn Jae-hyun (KOR) defeated Argentina’s Alto Gaston and Horacio Cifuentes 3-1 (11-5 8-11 11-6 11-9) to advance to the final.
The Korean pair of Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung (Samsung Life) defeated Cho Seung-min (Samsung Life) and Oh Jun-sung (Mirae Asset Securities) 3-0 (11-9 11-7 11-6) in the quarterfinals. 안전놀이터 Korean players will play each other in the final.
In the women’s doubles, the finalists from the previous edition of Contender Lima met again. Shin Yoo-bin (Korean Air) and Jeon Jeon-hee (Mirae Asset Securities) defeated Romania’s Elisabetta Samara and Bernadette Sötz 3-0 (14-12 11-8 11-6), while Choi Hyo-joo (Korea Horse Racing Association) and Kim Na-young (Posco International) swept Sweden’s Christina Karlberg and Linda Verström 3-0 (11-4 13-11 11-6) to reach the final.
The two pairs also faced off in the women’s doubles final at the Lima Contender last week. That time, in a tightly contested match, Shin Yubin-Jeon Hee won 3-2 (11-9 9-11 8-11 13-11 12-10).
On the other hand, the report card for Korean players in singles was disappointing. The men reached the quarterfinals and the women the semifinals.
In the men’s singles quarterfinals, Jang Woo-jin lost 0-3 (9-11 9-11 10-12) to Matthias Falk (SWE) and Cho Seung-min lost 2-3 (17-19 11-7 6-11 11-8 11-13) to Japanese phenom Sora Matsushima.
In the women’s singles, Lee Eun-hye (Korean Air) fell 1-3 (6-11 11-9 8-11 6-11) to Bourna Takahashi (BRA) and Kim Na-young (KOR) lost 0-3 (5-11 9-11 2-11) to Linda Verström (SWE) in the quarterfinals.
The tournament, which has been taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the past seven days, is a Pro Tour event organized by the WTT, the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) governing body for international events. 스포츠토토 The WTT Contender is a lower-level event than the WTT Champions and WTT Star Contenders.