Oh Sang Eun wins US Open
Third Men's Singles title this year
ITTF Press Release
OH Sang Eun is undoubtedly enjoying the best year of his table tennis career.
In May he gained the bronze medal in the Men’s Singles event at the Volkswagen 48th World Championships, in June he won the Volkswagen Open Korea and in July he has now been crowned champion at both the TMS Chile Open and the Liebherr U.S. Open.
The only slight blemish on his efforts in recent months was in the semi-final of the TMS Chinese Taipei Open when he lost in seven games to Austria’s CHEN Weixing who then succumbed to twenty-one year old LEE Jung Woo, the man OH Sang Eun beat in the final in Fort Lauderdale.
OH Sang Eun is the model of consistency, controlled, shakehands grip attacking from both backhand and forehand with equal effect; LEE Jung Woo is the all action penhold grip player, dynamic covering every inch of the court as he attempts to unleash his devastating forehand.
Close Early Games
A close win gives confidence and OH Sang Eun went ahead 7-3 in the third, LEE Jung Woo recovered to 7-all but OH Sang Eun maintained his focus to emerge successful 11-8. Similarly in both the fourth and fifth games OH Sang Eun went ahead 5-0, then 6-1 , on both occasions LEE Jung Woo narrowed the gap but never levelled the scores and OH Sang Eun duly collected his third ITTF Pro Tour Men’s Singles title of the year.
“I had trouble with his serve the first two games,” said OH Sang Eun. “Generally, the strategy is simple, you can’t give him chances to topspin at full power, you have to move him around to the wide corners and keep varying your shots so he’s never quite comfortable.”
Practice and Confidence
“Confidence is the main thing, when I first played internationally, I lost many matches”, he continued. “As I played more, I won more and gained self-belief; winning the TMS Chinese Taipei Pro Tour and making the final here is a boost to my confidence.”
LEE Jung Woo is certainly a player to watch in the next few years and when he’s full of confidence then he’s a prodigious opponent; however, the man who must be brimful of confidence at the moment is his colleague, OH Sang Eun.
He is now in the number one spot in the ITTF Pro Tour Standings.
OH Sang Eun (KOR) bt LEE Jung Woo (KOR) 11-13, 16-14, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5
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