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Korean teenager Yubin eager to defend title at 2024 WTT Contender Lagos

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Nineteen-year-old Shin Yubin did not hesitate to express her desire to return to Lagos in her bid to defend the title she won in 2023 and the South Korean sensation cannot wait to compete again at the 2024 WTT Contender Lagos from June 19 to 23 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The three-time WTT Contender Champion was the only player that halted the Chinese dominance in Lagos last year when she beat Chinese star Li Yake 4-2 in the women’s singles final while her partnership with compatriot – Jeon Jihee ensured she left Nigeria with two titles in 2023 after defeating Chinese duo of Liu Weishan and Fan Siqi 3-1 in the women’s doubles finals for Korea to dominate the women’s events.

The world number 7 admitted that she enjoyed her stay in Lagos and she is hoping to have such an experience again this year.

“I’m happy to be in Nigeria. People are very happy and dancing, and people support table tennis in Nigeria. I played very well in Nigeria,” the Korean star said after her triumph in 2023.

At 17 in 2021, Yubin was named in the South Korean Olympic team to the rescheduled 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, making her the youngest-ever Korean Olympic table tennis player, breaking a record previously held by Ryu Seung-min.

But Yubin will have to fend off competition from top players from India, Nigeria, and a host of others if she hopes to retain her title in Lagos.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the first WTT Series in Sub-Saharan Africa have promised to stage another colourful tournament with the quality of players coming to Lagos later this month for the $80,000 prize money tournament.

Apart from table tennis, visitors coming to Lagos will enjoy the hospitality and support of the Lagos fans who have been described as one of the most exciting table tennis spectators in the world with the kind of huge support the players enjoy in Lagos.

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