After crossing the seemingly impregnable Great Wall of China and reaching the women’s doubles final of the World Table Tennis Championships for the first time in 36 years, Shin Yubin (Korean Air) and Jeon Ji-hee (Mirae Asset Securities) have vowed to play with no regrets in the final.
The duo defeated world No. 1 pair Sun Yingxia and Wang Manyu (China) 3-0 (11-7 11-9 11-6) in the Women’s Doubles semifinals of the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships 2023 in Durban, South Africa, on Saturday (Nov. 26) to reach the final and secure the silver medal.
It was the first time in 36 years that she had reached the women’s doubles final at a World Championships. No South Korean player has reached the women’s doubles final at a World Championship since Yang Young-ja and Hyun Jung-hwa won gold in New Delhi, India, in 1987.
Even if we expand the scope to the women’s individual events, it has been 30 years since a South Korean athlete reached the final since Hyun Jung-hwa won the women’s singles gold in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1993.
After the match, Shin Yubin said, “The things I prepared with my sister came out in the match, and it paid off,” adding, “I didn’t feel disadvantaged throughout the match. In the past, when we played against Sun Yingxia-Wang Manyu, we lost because we tried to avoid them because they were good. This time, we just did our own thing and won.”
“I still don’t know what’s going on, it’s like a dream. I can’t believe it.” “It was my dream to reach the final once. Thank you to my partner,” she said.
Shin Yubin mentioned that Yoo Seung-min, the president of the Korean Table Tennis Association, had held a steak dinner the day before. “I feel crazy today because of the steak, I can’t believe it,” said Jeon Jeon-hee.
The pair that Shin Yubin and Jeon Jeon-hee defeated, Sun Yingxia and Wang Man-yu, are not only the world No. 1 in women’s doubles, but also the world No. 1 and 2 in singles. Sun Yingxia and Wang Manyu were looking to win their third straight tournament.
“We didn’t expect to lose, but we didn’t expect to win 3-0,” said Xin Yubin. “We believed that if we play with good content, there will be good results. After winning 3-0, I thought, ‘Are we 3-0?
“Playing mixed doubles, we were up 2-0 twice and then lost. “Honestly, I didn’t think I could win 3-0,” she recalled, “but if you’re scared, you can lose at any time, so I just thought I’d try.
Jeon Jeon-hee, who had an exciting attack on the day, said, “I can’t believe it either. I panicked while watching the attack go in.” Shin Yubin applauded, saying, “When I saw what my sister was doing, I just let out ‘ya~,’ ‘wow~,’ and ‘oh~’ in admiration.”
Their final opponents will be the world No. 7 pair of Wang Yidi and Chen Meng (China). The final will be played at 1:30 a.m. KST on April 28.
After defeating the top doubles pair in the semifinals, Shin and Jeon will head into the final with an extra boost of confidence.안전놀이터
“The Chinese players are very good,” said Shin Yubin. I think we need to prepare as well as we did for this match and try to win while creating good content with my sister,” emphasized Shin.
“I hope I can have fun thinking about today’s match and analyzing my final opponent,” said Jeon.
Shin Yubin, who said she wasn’t too concerned about reaching the women’s doubles final at the World Championships for the first time in 36 years, said, “It’s good to know that I can win this match and play the next one. I want to have fun and not feel any pressure because it’s a final, and I want to play the last match without any regrets.”
Jeon Jeon-hee said, “I will play with confidence and enjoyment because (Shin) Yubin is next to me. I want to play so that I don’t have any regrets.”