19 Nov 2016

Winners the previous week in Austria, it was differing fortunes for Korea’s Park Ganghyeon and Japan’s Sakura Mori as play advanced towards the finals of the Under 21 Men’s Singles and Under 21 Women’s Singles events at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm on Friday 18th November.

It was success for Sakura Mori, disappointment for Park Ganghyeon.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Only the semi-finals on the agenda on the fourth day of play in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event; Sakura Mori, the no.4 seed, caused somewhat of an upset by beating compatriot Maki Shiomi, the no.2 seed, in three straight games (11-2, 11-2, 11-6).

No doubt the fact that both are members of the same national team and are well known to each counted for nought when seeding was the subject; however, the convincing nature of the victory was somewhat unexpected.

A theoretical surprise, in the opposite half of the draw the outcome was no surprise at all; Korea’s Choi Hyojoo, the top seed, accounted for Saki Shibata, the no.3 seed and also from Japan in four games (11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10).

Meanwhile, in the Under 21 Men’s Singles event, where both the quarter and semi-final rounds were contested, it was defeat in the former for Park Ganghyeon and somewhat against predictions.

The no.5 seed, he was beaten by Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting, the no.9 seed who recovered from a two games to nil deficit to emerge successful (8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8).

Success against the odds for Liao Cheng-Ting at the quarter-final stage in a full distance duel, it was the very same in the penultimate round; he accounted for Frenchman, Can Akkuzu, the no.9 seed (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-8) to reserve his place at the final table.

Awaiting in the title deciding match is Japan’s Kenta Tazoe, the no.7 seed; in the round of the last eight he beat Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic (11-7, 11-2, 15-13), before at the semi-final stage ousting qualifier Sun Chia-Hung, like Liao Cheng-Ting from Chinese Taipei in straight games (11-8, 11-8, 13-11).

The finals of both the Under 21 Men’s Singles and Under 21 Women’s Singles events will be played on Saturday 19th November.

World Tour Swedish Open Liao Cheng-Ting Sakura Mori Park Ganghyeon Choi Hyojoo Kenta Tazoe

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