11 Sep 2009

Special Exempt produces Special Effort

News Article

China F7

Min-Hyoek Cho, 22, from Korea has won the China F7 event in Ningbo, China coming into the event after he accepted a position as a Special Exempt.

In China F6 in Jiaxing, China, the week previous, Cho cut a path of destruction through the field after qualifying for the Main Draw of the singles event and was eventually subdued by No. 4 seed Yuichi Ito from Japan, but only after cramps took their toll in the final when Cho led 53 in the deciding set. Ito eventually won 64 16 75. The result was however enough to secure Cho a place in the Main Draw for the event in Ningbo.

In Ningbo, a seaport city in Zhejiang province, Cho ousted Mark Verryth (AUS) 63 62, No. 7 seed Sa Chen (CHN) 63 62, countryman Soong-Jae Cho 63 64 in the quarterfinal and top seed Mao-Xin Gong (CHN) 75 64 in the semi final where Cho came from set point down in the first set at 45 to take his place in the final. In very hot conditions, Cho outlasted Chinese second seed, and winner of the first Futures event of this series in Chongqing, China, Shao-Xuan Zeng, 76(5) 63 to claim his first career singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit. During the course of the match, Cho found himself trailing 5-2 in the first set tiebreak before going on to win the next five points. The second set also saw Cho fall behind, trailing 13 he went on to win the next five games and with them, the title.

The performance was a testimony to Cho's endurance as much as his undoubted talent with temperatures soaring into the high 40's throughout the week.

Cho, who came into both China F6 and F7 unranked, can expect to close in on his career highest world ranking after the performances of the past two weeks.

An all-Chinese doubles final was won by top seeds Zhe Li and Yu Wang, 46 61 10-6 over fourth seeds Mao-Xin Gong and Feng Xue.