by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Impressively Pyon Song Gyong beat Iran’s Nada Shahsavari (11-7, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6) and Vietnam’s Vu Thi Thu Ha (11-Three, 11-5, 11-1, 11-1|) to secure first place in her group.
It was no totally different from Jong Un Ju who accounted for Dinh Thi Hue, additionally from Vietnam (11-Three, 11-1, 11-6, 11-6), nor for Cho Hyon Hwa. She beat Mongolia’s Bolor-Erdene Batmunkh (11-Eight, 11-Four, 11-2, 11-Three) and Iran’s Parinaz Hajilou (11-Four, 11-5, 10-12, 11-2, 11-Eight).
Success for host nation gamers however the younger women to draw the eye have been guests from China, Gu Yuhan and Li Jiayuan; not solely did the conclude the ultimate day of qualification unbeaten of their Women’s Singles teams, they did precisely the identical within the Under 21 Women’s Singles competitors.
Gu Yuhan brought on DPR Korea issues. In the Women’s Singles occasion, she beat Kim Sol Song (5-11, 11-Eight, 11-13, 11-5, 11-Four, 11-1) and Kim Kim Su Hyang (11-6, 11-9, 11-6, 11-Four); within the Under 21 Women’s Singles competitors she accounted for Vietnam’s Dinh Tho Hue (11-5, 11-5, 11-Four).
Similarly, Li Jiayan overcame the host nation’s Kim Jinju (11-Eight, 11-7, 11-Three, 11-Three) and Vietnam’s Dinh Thai Hang (11-6, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2) to secure first place in her Women’s Singles group. In the Under 21 Women’s Singles competitors, first place was reserved courtesy of success in opposition to the house nation’s Kim Un Sung (11-2, 11-7, 11-Eight).
Defeat for DPR Korea because the Under 21 Women’s Singles qualification match got here to an in depth however there have been successes and due to this fact first locations finishes. Kim Kum Yong beat China’s Li Yake (11-6, 11-9, 11-Eight), Ri Il Gyong defeated colleague Ri Hyang (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-6).
Play in the primary occasions commences on Friday 15th June.
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