Pitchford loses out to World no. 13 at Korean Open

World No 13 Youngsik Jeoung was too strong for Liam Pitchford at the Korean Open.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 5:49 pm
Updated Friday, 24th June 2016, 6:53 pm

The Chesterfield Olympian, ranked 50 in the world, lost 4-1 (11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 13-11) to his opponent from the host country in the last 32.

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The tournament is one of the strongest competitions of the year, featuring 16 of the world’s top 20 players.

Pitchford, 22, earlier beat Japan’s Yukiya Uda 4-2 and Korea’s Jonghoon Lim by the same score in the preliminary rounds, coming from 2-0 down in the latter match.

In the doubles, Pitchford and Team GB colleague Sam Walker, seeded 11th, were beaten 3-2 (11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8) in the last 16 of the doubles by seventh seeds Woojin Jang & Ganghyeon Park of Korea.