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The walls of China were high… Yubin Shin and Yidi Wang lost 0-3 in the quarterfinals of the WTT Champions

The walls of the Great Wall were high.

Shin Yu-bin (18, Korean Air스포츠토토) had to be satisfied with advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in a real game where the world’s best table tennis players compete.

Shin Yu-bin was defeated 0-3 by China’s Wang Yi-di in the women’s singles quarterfinals of the 2023 World Table Tennis (WTT) Champions held at the Pingyuan Sports Center in Xinxiang, China on the 13th.

Shin Yu-bin challenged Wang Yi-di with the momentum of defeating Chinese veteran Han Ying (Germany) 3-1 in the round of 16 the previous day.

If you look at the rankings of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the match between 34th and 3rd place. As expected, a classic was inevitable. Shin Yu-bin lost her first set 3-11 and lost her momentum.

Fortunately, Shin Yubin showed a different performance in the second set. With Shin Yu-bin’s powerful play, she took a 5-2 lead.

What is regrettable for Shin Yu-bin is the fact that her opponent was drawn to her strength, the backhand game. After being pushed in a rally with the score tied 6-6, she had the misfortune of hitting the opponent’s ball into the corner of the table.

Shin Yu-bin struggled to lead the game to 10-10 deuce, but she gave up the victory to the offensive that shook the left and right of the table.

Yubin Shin had to accept her loss as she failed to keep her serve game in her final three sets. On this day, Yubin Shin scored 9 points in her serve game, while her loss was 16 points. It was compared to the one she scored 18 when her opponent served.

In the men’s singles quarterfinals held earlier, Lim Jong-hoon (Korea Exchange) defeated France’s Alexis Lebrun 3-1.

Champions is the highest level of the WTT Contender Series, with a total prize pool of 7 million dollars (approximately 9 billion won). Shin Yu-bin and Lim Jong-hoon, who performed well in this tournament, raised expectations for the World Table Tennis Championships to be held in Durban, South Africa in May.

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