Korea won both team’s titles in Slovakia
Selecting from a squad comprising AN Jaehyun, HWANG Minha, LEE Jangmok and KANG Jihoon, Korea won the Boys’ Team title at the 2015 Slovak Junior Open.
The top seeds, they surrendered just two individual matches en route to gold, the player to suffer defeat being HWANG Minha, the winner of the Boys’ Singles title at the 2014 ITTF Cadet Challenge, staged some six months ago in Barbados.
In the final against Japan ‘B’, the second seeds, he was beaten by Tomokazu HARIMOTO, after earlier in the proceedings having experienced defeat against Daniele PINTO in a close full distance five games duel, when Korea had overcome Italy ‘A’ at the quarter-final stage of proceedings.
Top seeds Korea proved irrepressible in the Girls’ Team event as well; the trio formed by CHOI Yelin, KIM Jiho, PARK Seri, showed no mercy. At the final hurdle the Koreans overcame the fourth seeded Italian trio formed by LE Thi Hong Loan, Veronica MOSCONI and Elisa TURGANTI by three matches to nil without surrendering a single game.