South-North table tennis squad to compete in Incheon

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South-North table tennis squad to compete in Incheon

A unified Korean mixed doubles table tennis team will take part in the season-ending tournament in South Korea this week.

The tandem - composed 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.

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 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.

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