Egypt Open: Korean Sweep
Korea wins all four events
Saturday, May 08, 2004
No one would have ever expected for Korea to put its stamp on the four major titles in Egypt.
Using surprise attack techniques, Korean men doubles pair of Lee Chul Seung & Ryu Seung Min were able to take over the Men's double final by beating the favourite Austrian pair of Schlager & Jindark 4-1 in a very exciting match.
It is obvious that the Korean team has reached a very high level of physical fitness that enabled them to successfully compete with the powerful European team.
On the other hand the Korean women's double was able to name-tag this event for themselves and earning the first place prize money .
Lee Eun Sil of Korea comfortably won the title of the women's single for the first time of her table tennis career by defeating Liu Jia of Austria 4-0.
Werner Schlager, current world champion, had planned from the beginning to stay at the top of this event and win the Egypt Pro Tour for the first time; but Ryu Seung Min of Korea did not grant him this wish.
"I could not play my strong backhand in the 4th set, but I tried hard in the 5th & 6th sets but he (Ryu) kept changing his techniques" said Schlager after the match. "it is also good to get second place and I will come back for the 3rd Pro Tour in Cairo to claim this title". Schlager added.
Ryu Seung Min was very happy to win the men's title , confirming that he would come back to defend his title in 2006.
by Khaled Diaa
Egypt Table Tennis Association
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