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Monday, 18 June 2012

Ho Sang Eun Winner of Brazil Open

The silver medallist one week earlier in the Japanese city of Kobe; one week later at the other side of the world in the South American town of Santos, it was gold.

Oh Sangeun beat Joo Saehyuk in an all-Korean final on Sunday 17th June to win the Men’s Singles title at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open in the town of Santos.

Seeded no.2, Oh Sangeun recorded a five games victory over his top seeded colleague.

He won 11-3, 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5.
Eighth Title
It was for Oh Sangeun his first GAC GROUP 2012 Men’s Singles title; overall it was his eighth Tour title.

Previously on the ITTF Pro Tour in 2005 he had won in Korea, Chile and the United States; then in 2006 he had succeeded in Chinese Taipei before in 2007 once again succeeding on home soil in Korea.

A wait of two years, he won in 2009 in Wakamiya and more recently in Almeria he struck gold at the Spanish Open in Almeria in 2011.

Second Second Place
Alas for Joo Saehyuk it was his second Men’s Singles runners up spot on the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour.

In January in Hungary he had been beaten in the final by China’s Ma Long.

Two Finalstyle
Prior to reaching the final in Hungary; Joo Saehyuk had reached Tour Men’s Singles finals on two occasions, both times in Korea.

In 2006 he won in Jeonju, four years later in Incheon he was the runner up, beaten by Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus, in Santos in 2012 he lost to a player of a very similar stlye to the man from Belarus, Oh Sangeun.

Comfortable Against Defensive Style
Against adversaries from foreign shore Joo Saehyuk is in his element; again opponents from his own country life can be somewhat different and somewhat difficult.

Oh Sangeun, fluent as ever, clearly had no qualms about facing his compatriot’s defensive abilities.

Flowing Forehand
The flowing forehand forced Joo Saehyuk very much into the passive role in the first two games; the power if the Oh Sangeun attacks prevailing.

Joo Saehyuk recovered to capture the third game but after winning a close fourth game there was no stopping Oh Sangeun.

Total Command
In the fifth game he went ahead 10-3; he was in total command, on his third match point her secured victory with proceedings being completed in exhibition mode, Joo Saehyuk back from the table lobbing the ball high into the Santos Arena stratosphere.

Gold was in the hand of Oh Sangeun.

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