Korean Open: USA's Gao Jun wins Gold
The Architect and the Killer Clinch Women’s Doubles Gold in Korea
ITTF Press Release
The `Architect’ and the `Killer’, Gao Jun of the United States and Shen Yanfei of Spain won the Women’s Doubles crown at the Volkswagen Open Korea in Seongnam on Sunday 17th June 2007 beating the Japanese pairing of Ai Fujinuma and Ai Fukuhara in the final.
It was a contest between the third and fourth seeded pairs in the competition with the third seeds prevailing in impressive style.
They won 11-7, 13-11, 11-3, 11-8.
Path to Final
A place in the semi-finals assured, they then rose to greater heights.
They then defeated second seeds Hong Kong’s Jiang Huajun and Tie Yana in a six games encounter, winning 11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10).
Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei lost in the opening round to Japan’s Hiroko Fujii and Saki Kanazawa, who in turn, suffered at the hands of Elke Wosik and Wu Jiaduo. Hiroko Fujii and Saki Kanazawa won 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 whilst Elke Wosik and Wu Jiaduo prevailed 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9.
Gao Jun is right handed, penhold grip, short pimples using one side of the racket only; in the partnership she is the `architect’. Outstanding skilful at creating wide angles and returning the ball short, minimising the opportunities for her opponents to attack, she is the perfect foil for a more aggressive partner.
Shen Yanfei is left handed, shakehands grip, short pimples on the forehand and reversed rubber on the backhand. She is the `killer’ in the partnership; her fast forehand with minimal topspin is exploited after Gao Jun has made the opening. Furthermore, as she partners a right hander she can execute that forehand time and again.
Neither had a partner for the Women’s Doubles event at the TMS Chinese Taipei Open in 2005; there was no-one else so they played together. They did rather well considering they’d never played together before, they won the tournament!
Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals
In 2007, success has come their way again; it would seem that they are once again on course to qualify for the Women’s Doubles event at the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals and a place on the medal rostrum would appear a distinct possibility.
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