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Brazil Open: Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea Capture Gold

ITTF Press Release

Hong Kongís twenty year old Jiang Tianyi and Singaporeís twenty-eight year old Wang Yue Gu Singapore won the Menís and Womenís Singles titles respectively at the Brazil Open in Belo Horizonte on Sunday 20th April 2008; whilst in both the doubles contests it was gold for Korea.

The Menís Doubles crown went to Kim Jung Hoon and Yoon Jae Young whilst Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi Young were crowned Womenís Doubles champions.

At the final hurdle Jiang Tianyi overcame Koreaís Kim Jung Hoon in a thrilling seven games encounter to win his first ever Menís Singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour, having overcome Russiaís Maksim Shmyryev at the penultimate stage.

Meanwhile, Wang Yue Gu, seeded one, defeated Wang Chen of the United States before defeating Singapore compatriot and second seed, Li Jia Wei in the final.

It was for Wang Yue Gu her third ITTF Pro Tour career Womenís Singles title having won at the Volkswagen Open Japan and the Liebherr German Open in 2006; in the latter she overcame Li Jia Wei in the final. In Belo Horizonte she repeated the success.

Gold and silver for Singapore in the Womenís Singles event but in the Womenís Doubles it was only silver with second seeds, Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei losing top seeds Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi Young.

Success for the Korean ladies and just over one hour later the same for their male counterparts; Kim Jung Hoon and Yoon Jae Young overcame Chinese Taipeiís Chuan Chih-Yuan and Wu Chih-Chi to win gold,

The victory for Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi Young was their second on the ITTF Pro Tour; they won in Sweden in 2007 whilst for Kim Jung Hoon and Yoon Jae Young it was their first.

Menís Singles

Jiang Tianyi (HKG) bt Maksim Shmyryev (RUS) 8-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-5, 11-5
Kim Jung Hoon (KOR) bt Hidetoshi Oya (JPN) 11-4, 13-15, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8

Jiang Tianyi (HKG) bt Kim Jung Hoon (KOR) 11-7, 15-13, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6

Womenís Singles

Wang Yue Gu (SIN) bt Wang Chen (USA) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9
Li Jia Wei (SIN bt Yuka Ishigaki (JPN) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9

Wang Yue Gu (SIN) bt Li Jia Wei (SIN) 11-1, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-2.

Menís Doubles

Kim Jung Hoon/Yoon Jae Young (KOR) bt Chuan Chih-Yuan/Wu Chih-Chi (TPE) 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-4, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7.

Womenís Doubles

Kim Kyung Ah/Park Mi Young (KOR) bt Li Jia Wei/Sun Bei (SIN) 11-7, 12-14, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-2

Photo: Jiang Tianyi who secured the Men's Singles title at the Brazil Open (Courtesy of ITTF)

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