Shin Yoo-bin (Korean Air) and Jeon Jeon-hee (Mirae Asset Securities)안전놀이터 have crossed the “Great Wall of China” and become the first Korean players in 30 years to reach the Women’s Individual Final at the World Table Tennis Championships.
The 12th-ranked pair of Shin Yubin and Jeon Jeon-hee secured the silver medal with a 3-0 (11-7 11-9 11-6) victory over China’s world No. 1 pair of Sun Yingxia and Wang Manyu in the women’s doubles semifinals on Day 6 of the 2023 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in Durban, South Africa, on Saturday.
It is the first time in 30 years that a South Korean athlete has reached the women’s individual final at a World Championships since 1993 in Gothenburg, Sweden, when Hyun Jung-hwa won the women’s singles gold medal.
Shin Yoo-bin and Jeon Jeon-hee are just one win away from crossing the Great Wall and giving Korean table tennis its first women’s individual gold medal in 30 years.
They will face seventh-ranked Wang Yidi and Chen Meng (China) at 1:30 a.m. local time on Aug. 28.