Seo Hyo-won (22nd, Korea Horse Association), the 'eldest sister' of the Korean women's table tennis team, defeated Hong Kong's ace Du Hoi-chem (13th) and advanced to the finals of the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals.

Seo Hyo-won, the only Korean player who survived the women's singles event, defeated Du Hoychem 4-1 (11-9 11-9 10-12 11) in the women's singles round of 16 on the 26th (local time) in Houston, Texas, USA. -9 11-9).

The quarterfinals is the best result Seo Hyo-won achieved at the individual world championships.

Seo Hyo-won reached the round of 16 at the 2013 Paris Games and the 2019 Budapest Games.

At the world championships, both semifinal losers are given bronze medals without a match for 3rd or 4th place, so Hyo-won Seo will win her first individual world championship medal with just one more win.

The bronze medal she won at the 2018 World Championships in Halmstad is the only World Championship medal for Seo Hyo-won.

However, the next opponent is not expected to be formidable.

Seo Hyo-won will face the winner of the match between Adriana Diaz (16th, Puerto Rico) and Sun Ying-sa (2nd, China) in the quarterfinals.

Sun Ying-sa, who is highly likely to make it to the quarterfinals, is the second-ranked Chinese women's table tennis player who won a single gold medal in the individual event and a silver medal in the team event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In the historical record, Seo Hyo-won was defeated by Sun Ying-sa with 2 matches and 2 losses.

Defensive archetype Seo Hyo-won relentlessly cut the opponent's attack and put in a powerful drive at the right time, leaving Duhoychem to do nothing.

Even with a sharp serve, he raised points several times and made Duhoychem feel weak.

Seo Hyo-won recorded 4 wins in 4 matches against Duhoychem.

In the women's doubles match held earlier, Choi Hyo-joo and Lee Shi-on (91st, Samsung Life Insurance) defeated Natalia Malinina and Elisabeth Abramian (183rd, Russia) 3-0 (11-8 11-9 12-10). and made it to the quarterfinals.

Choi Hyo-joo and Lee Shi-on will face Chen Meng-Chen Tianyi (No Ranking, China) in the quarterfinals.

In the men's team, only Lim Jong-hoon (KGC Ginseng Corporation) and Jang Woo-jin (Army Sports Corps) survived.

In the men's doubles round of 16, Lim Jong-hoon and Jang Woo-jin defeated Jeon Jian-an and Zhuang Zhiyuan (8th place, Taiwan) 3-0 (11-4 11-6 11-5).

The next opponent of the Lim Jong-hoon-Jang Woo-jin group is Wong Chun-ting-Ho Kwan Kit (11th, Hong Kong).

The team between Jong-Hoon Lim and Woo-Jin Jang has to go to the final to meet a Chinese player, so expectations for a silver medal are inflated.

Daesung Cho and Jaehyun Ahn (258th, Samsung Life Insurance) lost 8 to 3-2 (7-11 11-9 11-9 6-11 6-11) to Christian Carlsson-Mathias Falk (31st, Sweden) Failed to advance to the river.

Lim Jong-hoon (71st), the only survivor of the men's singles event, defeated Truls Moregard (77th, Sweden) in the round of 16 on this day 4-3 (11-6 15-13 11-9 8-11 2-11 5-11) 6-11) and lost.

Men's table tennis, where Lee Sang-soo (Samsung Life Insurance) won the bronze medal in the 2017 competition and Ahn Jae-hyun in the 2019 competition, failed to produce three consecutive singles winners at the World Championships.  

(Photo = provided by the Korea Table Tennis Association, Yonhap News)