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Kim Donghyun secures Men’s Singles gold medal in De Haan

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The Men’s Singles title on offer at the 2017 Belgium Open has been won by Korea Republic’s Kim Donghyun.

Seeded eighth for the competition, Kim Donghyun defied the odds in De Haan with his top spot finish but it was the identity of his opponent in the final which was the real shock.

Masaki Takami began his campaign competing in the qualifying rounds as an unseeded contestant before picking up five consecutive victories in the main draw.

Yet, there was to be no fairly tale ending for the 18-year-old Japanese player as Kim Donghyun emerged with the win, bringing the tournament to a close with a fine display across five ends in the final (11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8).

“I am very happy to win a title again on the Tour. During the whole week I felt great. I gained some confidence now to cause some upsets in Germany. My world ranking will improve now; I hope I can still maintain this form a little longer.” – Kim Donghyun

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