Korean Open: Shock Winner as Year of Spanish Success Continues
ITTF Press Release
Grand Slam Tennis titles for Rafael NADAL at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the FIFA World Cup secured; the year of Spanish sporting success continued at the KRA Korean Open Table Tennis Championships in Incheon on Sunday 15th August.
Born in China but now a Spanish national, SHEN Yanfei caused one of the biggest upsets of 2010 to win the Womenís Singles crown.
Not seeded, she had to negotiate two days of qualification matches to secure a place in the main draw where, on the final day of play, she ended Singaporean dreams of gold.
She beating LI Jia Wei, the no.14 seed, in the semi-finals and the latterís Singaporean colleague, FENG Tianwei, the no.1 seed, in the final.
It was SHEN Yanfeiís first ever ITTF Pro Tour Womenís Singles crown.
A first for SHEN Yanfei but not for Vladimir SAMSONOV of Belarus the Menís Singles winner; like his female counterpart in Incheon, he caused the host nation heartache to collect his 21st career ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles title.
He beat Korean players at both the semi-final and final stages, ousting OH Sang Eun, the no.4 seed, before ending the aspirations of JOO Se Hyuk, the no.3 seed; the latter having caused a major surprise by beating top seed, Germanyís Timo BOLL, the no.1 seed at the penultimate stage.
It was only the second time in his career that JOO Se Hyuk had beaten Timo BOLL.
Defeat for Korea but there was success.
KIM Kyung Ah and PARK Mi Young, the no.1 seeds in the Womenís Doubles event beat compatriots KIM Jung Hyun and SEOK Ha Jung at the final hurdle but in the Menís Doubles final it was sadness for the host nation.
Winners of the Menís Doubles title at the Volkswagen Open Korea in 2005, LEE Jung Woo and RYU Seung Min were unable to repeat the success of five years earlier.
They were beaten at the final hurdle by Germanyís Patrick BAUM and Bastian STEGER; it was for both German players a first ever ITTF Pro Tour title.
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