SHANGHAI, May 4(Xinhuanet)-- World table tennis championship debutant Moon Hyun Jung, whose giant-killing run here has brought down three-time world champion Wang Nan, said she wanted to be a world champ herself.
"My dream is to be world champion," said the 21-year-old South Korean, who won 14-12, 4-11, 11-6, 5-11,14-12, 12-14, 11-8 over China's world No. 2, a winner of 17 world championships, Olympic and World Cup titles in the third round on Tuesday.
Moon is a penhold grip player who uses one side of the racket only, reversed rubber, fast footwork and a determination to succeed.
Throughout the contest against Wang she sped around the court making every effort to execute her favored forehand topspin; however, she proved very effective when blocking on the backhand in the traditional penhold grip manner, being especially successful in the fast exchanges. Furthermore, being a penhold grip player, the superior grip over the table, she was very adept when playing close to net, being able to flick the ball quickly and thus kept her opponent under pressure.
Wang experienced problems in the fast exchanges, with both players winning points when they attacked wide the forehand; however, when Wang imparted heavy topspin on the ball she more than often won the point. It was a case of fast attack versus controlled topspin and on the day the former style reigned victorious.
"I felt very nervous at the start," said Moon."However, once the match started and I won a game I became more confident.
"I've beaten some Chinese players before but never anyone like Wang Nan, I wanted to win the last point and not finish the match with her making a mistake." Enditem