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Unified Korean ping pong team to compete in season-ending tournament in S. Korea

All Headlines 09:57 December 11, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- A unified Korean mixed doubles table tennis team will take part in the season-ending tournament in South Korea this week.

The tandem of Jang Woo-jin (South) and Cha Hyo-sim (North) will compete in the mixed doubles at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finals, starting Thursday in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul.

The competition is open to the top 16 players in the men's and women's singles, and the top eight teams in the men's, women's and mixed doubles, based on their performances in the 12 ITTF World Tour events.

The mixed doubles competition starts with the quarterfinals Thursday, and the final is scheduled for Saturday.

Jang and Cha won the mixed doubles title at the Korea Open in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, in July. They also played together at the Austria Open in November and lost in the semifinals to Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen of China.

Cha will be the only North Korean in the field.

South Korea will have three players in the men's singles, with Jang joined by Lee Sang-su and Lim Jong-hoon. Jang and Lim will team up in the men's doubles, while Lee will play with Jeoung Young-sik in the same event.

In the women's singles, Suh Hyo-won will be the lone South Korean representative. Jeon Ji-hee and Yang Ha-eun will form the only South Korean team in the women's doubles.

The world's top three male and female players will all be in action, led by the men's No. 1 Fan Zhendong and the women's No. 1 Zhu Yuling, both of China.

In this file photo from July 21, 2018, Jang Woo-jin of South Korea (L) and Cha Hyo-sim of North Korea pose with the champions' trophy after winning the gold medal in the mixed doubles at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Platinum Korea Open at Chungmu Sports Arena in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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