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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Emmanuel Lebesson defeats the olympics champion

Emmanuel Lebesson once again beat Ryu Seungmin  Photo By: Mauricio Val

In late April 2011 at the Spanish Open, Emmanuel Lebesson of France caused one of the tournament’s major upsets; by the narrowest of margins in the seventh game he beat Korea’s supremely athletic Ryu Seungmin.

Almost 14 months later the Frenchman repeated the feat; this time at the GAC GROUP 2012 Brazil Open in Santos and rather more comfortably.

He staved off a most spirited recovery from the 2004 Olympic champion to record an enticing six games victory (11-4, 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8).
Left Hander Again
Once again, Ryu Seungmin, as happened several times in the past, was beaten by a fast attacking left hander.

Emmanuel Lebesson could continually direct his fore hand topspins into the body of the right handed Korean. He exposed the problems in the modern day game of not possessing a strong backhand.

The penhold grip player who uses just one side of the racket has clear problems in the modern era; Ryu Seungmin who adopts that style had problems; they were terminal.

Olympic Effect
The win recorded by Emmanuel Lebesson over Ryu Seungmin in Almeria had a definite effect.

It meant there would be no place for the Korean star in the Men’s Singles event at the London Olympic Games.

Ryu Seungmin fell below Joo Saehyuk and Oh Sangeun in the World Rankings and with the decision made soon after as to the direct entries, eventually the only spot available for Ryu Seungmin was the team event.

Again an Olympic Effect?
Again, has Emmanuel Lebesson’s win over Ryu Seungmin proved detrimental to Korean medal hopes in the Men’s Team event in London?

The battle rages for who will be the second seed and avoid China in a possible semi-final duel; the defeat of Ryu Seungmin has not helped Korean hopes.

Wins for Korea
Defeat for Korea but there were two wins.

Joo Saehyuk, the no.1 seed and Oh Sangeun, the no.2 seed both ended Brazilan hopes. Joo Saehyuk accounted for Gustavo Tsuboi the no.8 seed (11-4, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8), the host nation player never able to master the superb defensive skills of the Korean whilst Oh Sangeun used his blocking skills and control to great effect.

He accounted for Cazuo Matsumoto, the no.7 seed (4-11, 11-4, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8).

At the semi-final stage Joo Saehyuk meets Portugal’s Marcos Freitas, the no.4 seed who booked his place in the semi-finals by overcoming India’s Soumyajit Ghosh, the no.13 seed.

Meanwhile, in the counterpart penultimate round duel, Oh Sangeun meets Emmanuel Lebesson.

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