Polish Open: Lee Sang Su Overcomes Alexander Shibaev
Monday, March 21, 2011
ITTF Press Release
Koreaís dynamic Lee Sang Su won the Menís Singles title at the Polish Open in Wladyslawowo on Sunday 20th March 2011 and in so doing collected his second career ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles crown.
At the final hurdle; Lee Sang Su, seeded no.23, beat Alexander Shibaev in four straight games (11-8, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9).
It was an impressive victory and perhaps the fact that it was the second appearance for Lee Sang Su in a Menís Singles final on the ITTF Pro Tour was the difference.
It was for Alexander Shibaev, who had been required to compete in the qualification stage of the Men's Singles event, the first time he had ventured beyond the quarter-finals.
The silver medal was a most creditable achievement for the rising Russian star.
Lee Sang Su and Alexander Shibaev are members of the club trying to graduate from being promising junior to senior status of note; a level where in whatever international competition they participate, they are more than competitive.
In Wladyslawowo, they more than proved the point that they have graduated with honours.
Both are exciting attacking players, Lee Sang Su athletic as befits Korean thinking; Alexander Shibaev, powerful in the best traditions of Russian and European table tennis.
Furthermore both are of a similar age; their birthdays less than one month apart, Lee Sang Su was born on Monday 13th August 1990, Alexander Shibaev on Sunday 9th September 1990.
Also, both enjoyed success at junior level with Lee Sang Su winning the Junior Boysí Singles title at the New Zealand Junior and Cadet Open in 2007 and at the Asian Championships in 2008.
Meanwhile, Alexander Shibaev succeeded at the ITTF Junior Circuit tournament in Sweden in 2008 and in the same year was the runner up at the European Youth Championships.
In addition, there is one more similarity.
First Titles Came in Slovenia
At the Slovenian Open in January 2010 both caused shocks by winning titles.
Lee Sang Su won the Menís Singles event and Alexander Shibaev partnered Alexey Smirnov to Menís Doubles gold!
In Wladyslawowo in 2011, Lee Sang Su won again, the 2011 Polish Open Menís Singles champion; another string to his bow.
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