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Principal Pairs Stamp Authority on Santos Doubles Quarter-Finals
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Wang Yuegu (left) and Li Jiawei (right) safely through to the Women's Doubles semi-finals 

06/15/2012        Photo By: Mauricio Val

Success in the opening round for the combination of Colombiaís Paula Medina and Yadira Silva in the Womenís Doubles event at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open on the morning of Friday 15th June but later in the day it was defeat.

In their opening contest they had upset the pecking order by beating the host nationís Ligia Silva and Jessica Yamada, the no.4 seeds (4-11, 5-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-5).

However, in the quarter-finals when faced with the combination of Japanís Yuki Nonaka and Polandís Kinga Stefanska, the no.5 seeds, it was the end of the road.

Defeat in four games (11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7) was the end result in a round where in both the Menís and Womenís Doubles event, matters went as per seeding.

Top Seeds Succeed
In the Womenís Doubles event, Japanís Ai Fukuhara and Shiho Ono, the no.1 seeds, staved off a spirited challenge presented by American teenagers, Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang (11-4, 7-11, 13-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5); as in a similar vein did Singaporean second seeds, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu when faced with Indiaís Mouma Das and Poulomi Ghatak.

Likewise, they needed six games to book their place in the semi-finals (6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 11-4).

More Comfortable
Hard fought wins for the top two seeds, for the third seeded Korean partnership of Dang Yeseo and Seok Hajung, life was more comfortable in their quarter-final duel.

They won in four straight games (11-7, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10).

Top Four.s Seeds Succeed
Meanwhile, in the Menís Doubles quarter-finals, the top four seeded pairs all emerged successful.

Koreaís Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seungmin, the no.1 seeds, beat Brazilís Hugo Hoyama and Eric Mancini (11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5); whilst the combination of Spainís Marc Duran in harness with Emmanuel Lebesson of France, the no.2 seeds, also overcame a Brazilian pairing.

They ended the hopes of Humberto Manhani and Danilo Toma (11-5, 11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 3-11, 11-6).

Similarly for the third and fourth seeded pairings there was success and on both occasions it was success for Brazil and in an emphatic manner.

Thiago Monteiro and Gustavo Tsuboi, the no.3 seeds, beat Belgiumís Lauric Jean and Cťdric Nuytinck (11-5, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5); whilst Hugo Calderano and Cazuo Matsumoto defeated Indiaís Soumyadeep Roy and Subhajit Saha (11-4, 11-9, 15-13, 11-9).

At the semi-final stage Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seungmin meet Thiago Monteiro and Gustavo Tsuboi; whilst Marc Duran and Emmanuel Lebesson facing Hugo Calderano and Cazuo Matsumoto.
In the Womenís Doubles semi-finals, Ai Fukuhara and Shiho Ono confront Dang Yeseo and Seok Hajung, with the lower half of the draw witnessing Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu in opposition to Yuki Nonaka and Kinga Stefanska.


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