Japan Open: Titles for Japan and Korea

ITTF Press Release

The host nation and Korea shared the spoils on the concluding day of action, Sunday 14th June 2009, at the Japan Open in Wakayama.

Koreaís Oh Sang Eun and Park Mi Young won the respective Menís Singles and Womenís Singles titles, with both doubles crowns going to Japan.

Seiya Kishikawa and Jun Mizutani clinched Menís Doubles gold, whilst in the counterpart female event, Sayaka Hirano and Reiko Hiura secured the top prize.

Seeded no.3, Oh Sang Eun overwhelmed the host countryís Kaii Yoshida in straight games at the semi-final stage of the Menís Singles event before beating qualifier, Germanyís Patrick Baum in the final. No player, who has been required to compete in the qualification stage of a Menís Singles event on the ITTF Pro Tour, has ever progressed to win the title.

Patrick Baum, who caused an upset by beating Austriaís Werner Schlager, the no.4 seed in the semi-finals, came the closest yet; he extended the Korean the full seven games distance in the final.

Success for the attacking skills of Oh Sang Eun, the no.3 seed in the Menís Singles event and it was success for the defensive skills of Park Mi Young, the no.1, seed, in the Womenís Singles competition.

The stylish Korean backspin artiste showed no charity to her hosts beating Japanese opposition at both semi-final and final stages.

In the semi-finals she defeated Yuka Ishigaki, seeded no.13, before accounting for Sayaka Hirano, seeded no.2, in the final; at the penultimate stage, Sayaka Hirano had defeated Singaporeís Sun Bei Bei, the no.3 seed.

Two titles for Korea and earlier in the day there were two titles for Japan.

Sayaka Hirano partnered Reiko Hiura to Womenís Doubles gold; seeded no.5, the pair overcame Koreaís Kim Jung Hyun and Seok Ha Jung, the no.7 seeds, in the final.

Meanwhile, in the Menís Doubles final, victory went to Seiya Kishikawa and Jun Mizutani, the no.1 seeds; at the final hurdle they beat Koreaís Oh Sang Eun and Yoon Jae Young, the no.4 seeds, in a close seven games encounter.

It was the second consecutive Menís Doubles title on the ITTF Pro Tour for Seiya Kishikawa and Jun Mizutani; one week earlier they had been crowned champions at the Harmony China Open.

Menís Singles

Oh Sang Eun (KOR) bt Kaii Yoshida (JPN) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5
Patrick Baum (GER) bt Werner Schlager (AUT) 12-10, 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8
Oh Sang Eun (KOR) bt Patrick Baum (GER) 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6

Womenís Singles

Park Mi Young (KOR) bt Yuka Ishigaki (JPN) 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-2
Sayaka Hirano (JPN) bt Sun Bei Bei (SIN) 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7
Park Mi Young (KOR) bt Sayaka Hirano (JPN) 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4

Menís Doubles

Seiya Kishikawa / Jun Mizutani (JPN) bt Oh Sang Eun / Yoon Jae Young (KOR) 13-11, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7

Womenís Doubles

Sayaka Hirano / Reiko Hiura (JPN) bt Kim Jung Hyun / Seok Ha Jung (KOR) 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8


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