South Korean women fall to China in table tennis worlds quarterfinals

Korean Women Table Tennis

In the women’s tournament quarterfinals of the Table Tennis World Championships on Thursday, the host country, South Korea, suffered elimination following a heavy defeat to China, the world’s top-ranked team.

China, boasting the top three female players globally, secured a dominant 3-0 victory over South Korea in the quarterfinals held at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan. In the team event, each match consists of up to five singles matches played in a best-of-five format. While teams carry five players each, only three players can participate in each match.

Facing South Korea, China fielded their formidable trio of world No. 1 Sun Yingsha, No. 2 Wang Yidi, and No. 3 Chen Meng.

Sun comfortably defeated South Korea’s 44th-ranked Lee Zion with a score of 3-0 (11-1, 11-5, 11-1).

Chen followed suit with a convincing 3-0 victory (11-5, 11-7, 11-9) over South Korea’s 21st-ranked Jeon Ji-hee.

The last hope for South Korea rested on the shoulders of 19-year-old Shin Yu-bin, the team’s highest-ranked player at No. 8. However, Wang sealed China’s victory by defeating Shin 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 12-10).

Shin’s record against Wang now stands at 0-5 throughout her career, dating back to her junior years.

The ITTF holds the team world championships in even-numbered years. South Korea has not secured a women’s team medal since winning bronze in 2012. However, by reaching the quarterfinals, South Korea secured a berth at the upcoming Paris Olympics this summer.

South Korea had an impressive run in the group stage, going undefeated with a 4-0 record to advance to the round of 16, where they defeated Brazil 3-1. Nevertheless, South Korea’s journey came to an end against China, the dominant force in the sport seeking its 14th title in the past 15 world championships.

On the men’s side, South Korea remains in contention. The host country is set to face Denmark in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. on Friday.

If South Korea manages to overcome Denmark, they are likely to face China, the ten-time defending world champion, in the semifinals scheduled for Saturday. (Yonhap)