Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik has been giving Chinese players trouble this year in international tournaments. (Courtesy ITTF)

The  Team World Cup took place recently in Tokyo, Japan at the same venue as next year’s table-tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics. China won both men’s and women’s team but the men’s team was severely tested by Korea in the men’s team final. The US teams reached the quarterfinals in both men’s team and women’s team and were recognized with Operation Gold awards by the USOPC (US Olympic & Paralympic Committee). There was one great match I saw live in the final between Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik and China’s Liang Jingkun. It’s interesting to note that both players’ backhands seem stronger than their forehands when traditionally, Chinese and Korean players have been mainly known for their forehands. The game has definitely evolved from 10-20 years back but even today, most Chinese and Korean players have better forehands. Here is the match: