‘Left-handed backhand master’ Lim Jong-hoon (26, Korea Exchange, world ranking No. 13) and Pan Zhen-dong (China, world ranking No. 1), the current men’s table tennis leader, played an equal game. However, he failed to advance to the World Table Tennis (WTT) Champions final due to being pushed back in the final match.
In the men’s singles semifinals of the WTT Xinxiang Champions held in Xinxiang, Hunan Province, China on the 14th, Lim Jong-hoon lost 3-4 (8-11 6-11 11-5 10-12 11-8 11-6 9- 11) lost.메이저놀이터
WTT Champions will feature players with high world rankings and ranking points. A total of 64 players, 32 each for men’s and women’s singles, will be on the court. A total prize money of 800,000 dollars (approximately 1,055.2 million won) and 1,000 championship points are at stake, and only singles matches are held.
Lim Jong-hoon defeated ‘Japanese ace’ Tomokazu Harimoto (20, world No. 3) 3-1 (4-11 11-8 11-5 12-10) in the round of 16 held on the 11th. The momentum of catching Japan’s proud “table tennis genius” Harimoto continued into the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals held the day before, I met Alexis Levron (19, France, 22nd in the world), who is growing rapidly. Lim Jong-hoon showed off his one-up skill and won 3-1 (11-6 13-11 7-11 11-8).
The person I met on the way to the final was Pan Zhendong. Lim Jong-hun was put in danger by giving away 1 or 2 games. However, he bounced back by taking 3 games 11-5. In the 4th game, they faced up to 10-10 deuce, but were pushed back in a fight of back heart.
Lim Jong-hoon, who was in danger of being eliminated, showed his concentration until the end. After winning 5 games 11-8, he took 6 games 11-6 and took the win to the last 7 games.
As the world’s strongest player, Pan Zhendong, who was hardly shaken at the end of the game, scored two points from 9-9. Lim Jong-hoon unfortunately missed the ‘big fish’, but he showed his prospects for this season by doing well against the world’s strongest player.
Meanwhile, TV channels SPOTV and SPOTV ON, and sports OTT service SPOTV NOW will broadcast live satellite matches of the WTT Xinxiang Champions. It will also be broadcast live on SPOTV ASIA (Spotv Asia). Sporty Asia is a channel broadcasting to 13 countries in Southeast Asia, and broadcasts tennis grand slam tournaments such as Wimbledon and US Open, men’s professional tennis ATP tour, motorcycle racing competition MotoGP (GP), WTT (World Table Tennis) table tennis competition, and BWF ( World Badminton Federation) Badminton competition, International Sports Climbing (IFSC), Sports Climbing World Cup, etc. are provided.