‘Pee-wee’ Shin Yoo-bin (Korean Air) continues her quest for gold in the women’s singles at the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG).
The world No. 8 defeated world No. 48 Chen Hsiu-yu (CHN) 4-1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3) in the women’s singles quarterfinals at the Archer Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday.
Shin had earlier won two bronze medals in the women’s team event and mixed doubles with Lim Jong-hoon (KEX).
Shin is the future of Korean table tennis. After picking up a ping-pong stick at the age of five, Shin was dubbed a “table tennis prodigy” and became the youngest member of the South Korean national team. She is currently ranked 8th in the world. She is the only South Korean female player in the world’s top 20. 토토사이트
In the team competition, Shin Yubin played mainly as a first singles player and struggled. In the quarterfinals against Hong Kong on April 24, she played first singles and lost 1-3 to Du Hoikem (ranked 32nd). In the semifinals against Japan on the 25th, she played first and fourth singles and lost both matches, leaving the team with a 1-3 match score.
However, Shin Yubin is back to winning ways. She advanced to the semifinals of the singles event to continue her quest for gold.
Shin Yubin was dragged down by her opponent in the first game of the day and was unable to overcome the 1-6 scoreline. However, in game two, she made a bold attack to force her opponent into an error. He raced to a 6-1 lead and was down 8-7, but eventually won 11-9 to level the game at 1-1. Game 3 was a close affair, and he roared back to win a long rally at 6-5. Then, at 9-7, he attacked hard to reach game point and took it 11-7.
Down 8-7 in game 4, they called a timeout and then scored three straight points to win 11-7. In game five, she took an early lead and extended her lead to win the game easily.
His quarterfinal opponent will be China’s Sun Yingxia, the world No. 1, who defeated North Korea’s Byun Song Kyong 4-1. The quarterfinal match will take place on April 1 at 2:30 p.m. KST.
Shin Yubin will continue her quest for a medal in the women’s doubles. The world No. 1 pair of Hsin-Yu Bin Shin and Chun-Hee Jeon will play the world No. 21 pair of Chinese Taipei Hsin-Yu and Huang Yih-Hua at 6:45 p.m. on the 30th for a spot in the final.
“Please cheer for us,” beamed Shin.