‘Left-handed backhand master’ Lim Jong-hoon (26, Korea Exchange, world ranking 13th) defeated Alexis Levron (19, France, world ranking 22nd), a French champion and recently growing rapidly, to win the world table. He advanced to the semifinals of the World Table Tennis (WTT) Champions.
Lim Jong-hoon defeated Revrun 3-1 (11-6 13-11 7-11 11-8) in the men’s singles quarterfinals of the WTT Xinxiang Champions held in Xinxiang, Hunan Province, China on the 13th.
WTT Champions will feature players with high world rankings and ranking points. A total of 64 players, 32 each for men’s and women’s singles, will be on the court. A total prize money of 800,000 dollars (approximately 1,055.2 million won) and 1,000 championship points are at stake, and only singles matches are held.토스카지노
In the round of 16 held on the 11th, Lim Jong-hoon defeated ‘Japanese ace’ Tomokazu Harimoto (20, world No. 3) 3-1 (4-11 11-8 11-5 12-10). The momentum of catching Japan’s proud “table tennis genius” Harimoto continued into the quarterfinals.
Levron, just 19 years old, is a rising star in Europe, which is currently on the rise. In the round of 16, he defeated World No. 6 Truls Möregor (21, Sweden) 3-1. Lim Jong-hoon, who first met Revrun, showed his concentration in the match and grabbed a ticket to the semifinals.
In the first game, 6-6, Lim Jong-hoon led the opponent 8-6 by inducing consecutive errors. After that, he caught one game with his long-term backhand and strong smashing.
Levron took a 5-1 lead with a bold attack early in the second game. Lim Jong-Hoon, trailing by 5-9, seemed to give up two games. However, they followed up step by step with controlled attacks and tied the score at 10-10. In the pursuit of Lim Jong-hoon, Levrun made a fatal error and even gave up two games with a score of 11-13.
However, Levron did not back down easily. He escaped the brink by taking Game 3 to 11-7.
Lim Jong-hun, who regained his concentration while breathing for a while, took the lead in the 4 games that followed. In the end, he took 4 games 11-8 and confirmed his advance to the semifinals.
Lim Jong-hoon, who reached the semifinals of this tournament, enters the top 10 in the world rankings to be announced. He has to cross the ‘Great Wall’ to get to the finals. Lim Jong-hoon will compete with the winner of the quarterfinal match between ‘the world’s strongest’ Pan Zhen-dong (world ranking No. 1) and ’17-year-old prodigy’ Lin Shi-dong (China, world ranking No. 15) to advance to the final.
In the women’s singles quarterfinals that followed, Shin Yu-bin lost to Wang Yi-di (China), who ranked third in the world, 0-3 (3-11 10-12 5-11).
Shin Yu-bin advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating world number 10 Ying Han (Germany) in the round of 16 held the previous day. Showing his improved skills this year, he was intent on advancing to the semifinals. However, she failed to advance to the semifinals as she was unable to overcome Wang Yidi’s wall, which was one step above in all aspects, including offense, defense, and game experience.
In the second game, Shin Yu-bin stood up against Wang Yi-di consistently. However, in the match, Wang Yi-di’s sharp serve showed regret that the receive was shaken.
Meanwhile, TV channels SPOTV and SPOTV ON, as well as sports OTT service SPOTV NOW, will broadcast major matches of the WTT Xinxiang Champions live via satellite. It will also be broadcast live on SPOTV ASIA (Spotv Asia). Sporty Asia is a channel broadcasting to 13 countries in Southeast Asia and broadcasts tennis grand slam tournaments such as Wimbledon and US Open, men’s professional tennis ATP tour, motorcycle racing competition MotoGP (GP), WTT (World Table Tennis) table tennis competition, and BWF ( World Badminton Federation) badminton competition, International Sports Climbing (IFSC), Sports Climbing World Cup, etc. are provided.