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Kim Hyo-joo defends title at Kumho Tire

Kim Hyo-joo has successfully defended her title at the Kumho Tire Ladies Open on Sunday, beating Feng Shanshan of China by four strokes.

At the KLPGA Tour event held in Weihai, China, world No.4 Kim shot even-par in the final round on Sunday to finish the event at 10-under 206, beating world No.6 Feng who had 6-under 210.

Kim collected 100 million won ($89,000) for her first place finish.

Including her victory in 2012 as an amateur golfer, this is Kim’s ninth career win on the KLPGA Tour.

Her last Tour win was in December when she won the Hyundai China Ladies Open. Among Kim’s nine KLPGA Tour victories, four were from events held in China.

This season, Kim has been focusing on the LPGA Tour in the United States as a rookie. She will now travel to the Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania for the U.S. Women’s Open that starts Thursday.

The 19-year-old already has an LPGA Tour trophy this season after winning the JTBC Founders Cup in March.

Meanwhile, Jang Su-yeon finished third at 5-under 211, followed by Kim Bo-ah and Jang Ha-na, who is coming off a win at the BC Card-Hankyung Ladies Open Cup with 4-under 212.



TABLE TENNIS

Jung takes singles, doubles at ITTF event

Jung Young-sik, 23, won both the singles and doubles events at the ITTF World Tour Korea Open on Sunday.

At Namdong Gymnasium in Incheon, Jung beat 35-year-old veteran Joo Sae-hyuk 4-1 (11-9, 11-1, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8) and collected $26,000 for the victory.

Earlier on Sunday, Jung won the men’s doubles title with Kim Min-seok after edging compatriots Cho Seung-min and Kim Min-hyeok 3-2 (9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6).

The victories made Jung the third table tennis player in Korea Open history to win both men’s singles and doubles after China’s Ma Rin in 2003 and Oh Sang-eun in 2007.

Meanwhile, Japan took the women’s singles and doubles.

Ai Fukuhara beat 15-year-old compatriot Mima Ito 4-0 (11-6, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4) for the women’s single.

Ito, however, took the doubles title along with Miu Hirano.
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