Shin Yubin (19-Korea Air) performed a delightful heart ceremony after her dramatic upset to reach the round of 16 at the World Championships.
The women’s singles round of 32 at the 2023 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Championships continued today (Thursday) at the Durban International Convention Center (DICC) in Durban, South Africa.
World No. 26 Xin Yubin won a full-game battle against 18th-ranked Chinese player Yuan Jianan (37-FR), 4-3 (9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10).
Shin Yubin came from behind to win the final seven games. She was down 2-6 in the middle of the game and looked to be in trouble. He pulled within one point at 6-7, but his opponent broke back to make it 8-10.
However, Shin fought his way back to 10-10 deuce and won the next two points to close out the match. After the match, he pumped his fists in the air and celebrated. As the crowd erupted in applause and cheers, he responded by drawing a heart with his arms above his head.
In an interview in the mixed zone, Shin said, “It was a very difficult match and I’m glad I got through it. I don’t usually get goosebumps while playing, but when it was 10-10 (in the final game), I got goosebumps all over. It was a fun and happy match, and I think I’ll remember it a lot because I ended up winning 메이저놀이터.”
In the round of 16, Xin will face world No. 1 Sun Yingxia (23-China). “I think I’ll have to do everything I can, no matter who I’m playing. Sun Yingxia doesn’t lose often. I think she’s a tough player, so I’ll have to prepare thoroughly and make a good match,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Shin failed to reach the medal round in the mixed doubles quarterfinals as he and Lim Jong-hoon (26-Korea Exchange) lost 0-3 (8-11, 5-11, 6-11) to world No. 2 Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata of Japan.
In the men’s singles round of 32, world No. 11 Lim Jong-hoon defeated 86th-ranked Lubomir Pice (Slovakia) 4-2 (7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5) to reach the round of 16. Lim will play world No. 3 Ma Rong (China) in the quarterfinals. World No. 14 Jang Woo-jin (28-Mirae Asset Securities) also reached the round of 16 in the men’s singles.
In the women’s singles, Seo Hyo-won (36-Korea Horse Society) reached the round of 16, while Jeon Jeon-hee (31-Mirae Asset Securities) lost 0-4 (9-11, 6-11, 6-11, 10-12) to Miu Hirano (19th) of Japan in the round of 32.