Inspired Yang Haeun ignites Korea Republic - Butterfly Table Tennis
Site Products

Inspired Yang Haeun ignites Korea Republic

(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor)

Bronze medallists just over one year ago at the Perfect 2016 World Team Championships in Kuala Lumpur; at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF-Asian Championships in Wuxi, for DPR Korea there will be no such repeat.

At the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Team event, on the late afternoon of Sunday 9th April, a three matches to nil defeat was experienced against Korea Republic.

Yang Haeun, set her team on the road to victory by giving what I consider one of her best ever performances; the quality of play was of a technically high level but that was not the major feature.

The impressive aspect was her mental stability as she overcame Kim Song I in four games (11-13, 11-5, 17-15, 11-7). In the opening game, Yang Haeun had her chances but it was the stalwart defence of Kim Song I that prevailed; the backhand, the side of the racket on which she uses the long pimpled rubber was solid and secure.

Deep breaths at the end of the first game, advice from An Jaehyun, the National Coach and perhaps more pertinently advice from Kim Kyungah, the classic defender now back in international action. The words of wisdom paid dividends.

“In the first game I focused on trying not to make any mistakes; in the second I played more aggressively and more to her forehand, from the backhand the ball came back with such heavy backspin; from the forehand there was less spin. Kim Kyungah told me that the ball was coming back slower than is usual and I should be prepared.” Yang Haeun

Success for Yang Haeun was followed by success for twinkle toes; the delightful balance and movement extolled by Suh Hyowon eventually prevailed against the attacking skills of Chao Hyo Sim (11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4).

Defence was the backbone of the victory but of the world’s leading defensive players, Suh Hyonwon is the player prepared to execute a forehand topspin more often than her peers.

“I kept defending, playing with backspin but my colleagues kept encouraging me to topspin from my forehand more often; they kept telling me you can do it, you can do it”, Suh Hyowon

The advice was heeded, the victory gained; in the contest between attack and defence the score-line read one-all but more pertinently, it read two-nil in favour of Korea Republic.

Success for the backspin art in the guise of Suh Hyowon; in the match that concluded matters it was the same technique but more pronounced, stalwart defence and immense experience that prevailed.

For full article, please click here

Latest News

Butterfly Training Tips With Jishan Liang – Forehand Loop From The Middle & Forehand

June 23, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Jishan Liang has Kyler focuses on a forehand loop… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Nandan Naresh – Forehand WTT Westchester Feeder Highlights

June 23, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Bowmar Sports Tournament Highlights Clip Nandan Naresh is playing in the WTT… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Simeon Martin – Forehand, Middle, Backhand

June 23, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports) In this video Simeon Martin is focusing on increasing handspeed and awareness, as well as… Read More

Pong Detroit Has Been Selected As A Top 10 Finalist In The Comerica Bank Hatch

June 22, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Teams) Pong Detroit is in the top 10 finalist in the Comerica Bank Hatch Detroit;… Read More

2022 Butterfly June Tournament – Triangle Badminton & Table Tennis

June 22, 2022
(By: Triangle TT Club Team) Our June Tournament was a small one but a good one. TBTT Students:… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Anav Gupta – Forehand Looping & Footwork

June 22, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports) In this Butterfly Training Tips with Anav Gupta he is focusing on looping with the… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Aditya Godhwani – Half Long Loop & Gameplay

June 22, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Aditya Godhwani is focusing on Looping Half-Long Serve, then… Read More

ITTF Rankings: Fan on Top, Qiu and Lin-Ju Move Up

June 21, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) Dang Qiu (World No. 10)is in the World Top 10 for the first time and… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.