Korean Open: 19 yr-old star is born
Chen Qi defeated by Ma Lin in Men's Singles Final
ITTF Press Release
Lausanne, Switzerland, 7 September 2003. The young Chinese CHEN Qi had to settle with “only” one Korea Open title – the one he won in Men’s Doubles. In the Men’s Singles final he lost to compatriot and top seed MA Lin.
CHEN actually had his chances in the final, but the experience of MA Lin seemed to make the difference. CHEN Qi took the lead 2-0, but slowly MA Lin took control and he won 4 games in a row to deny his young compatriot the title.
It will be interesting to see if MA Lin can continue his dominancy – and if CHEN Qi is more than a one time star. He probably is, beating Jean-Michel SAIVE (BEL), WANG Hao (CHN), CHUAN Chih-Yuan (TPE) and KONG Linghui (CHN) at the same tournament, he seems to have the capacity to make more foot prints on the Pro Tour.
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