Korean Open: New Career High for Japanese Star
ITTF Press Release
Japanís Jun Mizutani and Singaporeís Feng Tianwei won the respective Menís and Womenís Singles titles at the KAL Cup Korean Open in Seoul on Sunday 23rd August 2009.
Seeded no.8, Jun Mizutani recorded a straight games semi-final success over Germanyís Dimitrij Ovtcharov, seeded no.6 before recording a five games win in the final in opposition to Chinaís Hao Shuai, the no.3 seed.
It was for Hao Shuai, the second consecutive week that he had finished in the runners up spot in a Menís Singles event on the ITTF Pro Tour; one week earlier he had suffered against compatriot, Wang Hao, the reigning World champion, at the China Open in Tianjin. In Seoul he reversed that decision by beating Wang Hao in six games at the semi-final stage. Alas for Hao Shuai, the top prize once again proved elusive.
Gold was in the hands of Jun Mizutani who thus wrote a new chapter in his career; it was for the 20 year old his first ever ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles crown.
Disappointment for Hao Shuai in the Menís Singles final but there was an element of consolation; partnering Wang Hao, the Chinese duo captured the top prize in the Menís Doubles event earlier in the day. They accounted for the host nationís Cho Eon Rae and Kim Jung Hoon in the final.
Meanwhile, for Feng Tianwei it was her second career ITTF Pro Tour Womenís Singles crown, the previous success being in November 2008 in Poland.
In Seoul she overcame compatriot Sun Bei Bei, seeded no.13, by the narrowest of margins at the semi-final stage before recording a straight games victory over Hong Kongís Jiang Huajun, seeded no.3, in the final. At the penultimate stage, Jiang Huajun had ended Korean hopes by defeating Park Mi Young, the no.7 seed.
Sadness for Korea but there was success; Park Mi Young partnered Kim Kyung Ah to Womenís Doubles gold; seeded no.2, the pair defeated top seeds Hong Kongís Jiang Huajun and Tie Yana in the final.
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