Before the Asian Games, Shin Yubin is “confident and ready to play.”
“I’ll try to translate my confidence into my game.”
Shin Yubin (Korean Air), whose meteoric rise on the international stage this year has raised the expectations of table tennis fans, is ready for the Pyeongchang 2023 Asian Table Tennis Championships.
At the World Table Tennis Championships in May, Shin became the first Korean player in 36 years to reach the women’s doubles final, winning a silver medal with Jeon Jeon-hee (Mirae Asset Securities).
Since then, she has continued to perform well on the World Table Tennis (WTT) stage, winning two titles on three occasions.
Currently, Shin is ranked No. 9 in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) women’s singles rankings.
She is ranked No. 1 in women’s doubles with Jeon Jeon-hee and No. 3 in mixed doubles with Lim Jong-hoon (Korea Exchange).
On the 30th, Shin told the Korea Table Tennis Association, “I don’t pay attention to the rankings. I will only focus on how to use the skills I have been practicing during the match and what kind of content I will play,” said Shin.
“Recently, I’ve been traveling a lot to foreign tournaments and many people are worried about my physical fitness, but I’ve been treating everything as practice, so I don’t feel too much pressure.”
The Asian Championships will be followed by the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. For Shin, it will be her second major Games after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“The Asian Games will be right after the Asian Championships, and I’m determined to make good content in any competition, any event,” she said.
“I know the expectations are high because I’ve had a lot of success in doubles with Yubin,” said Jeon Jeon-hee, who has a good rapport with Shin, “but I think if I do my best with confidence rather than pressure, I’ll continue to have good results.”
Lim Jong-hoon has vowed to win medals in the men’s team event and singles, mixed doubles with Shin Yubin, and men’s singles, where he will be paired with Jang Woo-jin.
“I’ve been preparing well, so if I’m more detailed and proactive, I can expect a gold medal,” Lim said. “In doubles, I’ll rely on my partner. Yoo Binyi is also good at receiving balls from the other male player. I don’t think we are technically outclassed.”
Men’s singles ‘ace’ Jang Woo-jin said, “It’s a national event with an Olympic ticket on the line, so I’ll play like I’m on a battlefield,” adding, “It’s also a tournament that leads directly to the Asian Games, so I’ll do my best.”
The Pyeongchang Asian Table Tennis Championships, which will be held at the Pyeongchang Dome in Gangwon Province from September 3-10, will feature 95 men’s and 86 women’s Asian table tennis powerhouses from 23 countries, with seven events including men’s and women’s singles, 먹튀검증토토사이트 men’s and women’s team events, and mixed doubles.