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Table Tennis: World No. 1 Xu Xin retains Korea Open title in Incheon

World No. 1 Xu Xin (right) beat Chinese teammate Fang Bo (left) to retain the Korea Open title. Photos: ITTF / Action Images.

World No. 1 Xu Xin (right) beat Chinese teammate Fang Bo to retain the Korea Open title. Photos: ITTF / Action Images.

June 16, 2014: World No. 1 Xu Xin of China became the first man to retain the Korea Open title by beating teammate Fang Bo 4-1 (11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10) in Incheon on Sunday.

 

Xu, 24, dedicated his second win on this year’s GAC Group World Tour to his father after the left-hander’s victory helped make up for the disappointment of losing the previous week’s China Open.

 

“Although I made history by being the first player to successfully defend the title at the Korea Open, what made this title special is that today is Father’s Day and I would like to dedicate this title to him,” said Xu, who will be among those returning to Incheon for this year’s Asian Games.

 

Xu Xin on his way to claiming his second World Tour win of the year.

Xu Xin on his way to claiming his second World Tour win of the year.

“It is difficult to play against teammates as they know me very well. All of the Chinese team players have relatively equal high standards and it is equally difficult to play against them. But we can also take more risks in our play. Maybe I have more international experience and that helped me achieve this win.”

 

Germany’s Han Ying, the World No. 17, won the women’s singles by beating crushing World No. 5 Feng Tianwei of Singapore 4-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7) in a surprisingly one-sided final.

 

World No. 17 Han Ying of Germany crushed top seed Feng Tianwei of Singapore in the women’s final.

World No. 17 Han Ying of Germany crushed top seed Feng Tianwei of Singapore in the women’s final.

Han’s victory over the top seed helped the 31-year-old’s chances of securing a place at the US$1 million GAC Group World Tour Grand Finals in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

“I certainly didn’t expect to win here in Korea and I’m feeling very happy about it. I’ve played in many World Tour events this year and each time I aim to play my best,” said Han, who reached the semi-finals of the German Open.

 

“I still need to make improvements to my game and I hope to keep doing well on the international scene. None of the matches in this tournament was easy and the final against Feng Tianwei was no different.”

 

Han Ying (right) with runner-up Feng Tianwei at the Korea Open trophy presentation.

Han Ying (right) with runner-up Feng Tianwei at the Korea Open trophy presentation.

Chinese duo Chen Ke and Wang Manyu denied Japanese prodigies Miu Hirano and Mima Ito a third World Tour women’s doubles title by beating the 13-year-olds 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-5).

 

Yu Ziyang and Zhou Kai secured the third gold for China at the Korea Open by defeating Chinese Taipei’s Chiang Hung-chieh and Huang Sheng-sheng 3-1 (4-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-4) to clinch the men’s doubles.

 

Reigning Junior World Championship winner Jang Woo-jin thrilled the large local crowd and confirmed himself as a star of the future by beating fellow Korean Choi Deok-hwa 4-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10) to win the men’s under-21 title.

 

Sato Hitomi of Japan was too good for Lily Zhang in the women’s under-21 women’s final, defeating the American 4-1 (11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9, 11-5). The Korea Open was the 11th stop on this year’s World Tour.

 

Source: ITTF (www.ittf.com); Editing by SportAsia

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