by Simon Daish
Miyu Kato entered the 2016 Swedish Open as the No.22 seed for the Women’s Singles event, and the Japanese teenage star has claimed her second high-profile victory in successive days after she knocked the sixth seed Zeng Jian out of the tournament.
The No.15 seed Georgina Pota was the victim of a Miyu Kato defeat on day four of the Open and a day later Singapore’s Zeng Jian, who was seeded sixth for the category, suffered a similar fate with an exit in the Round of 16.
Zeng struck first in the tie with the capture of the opening game, but a positive response from Kato saw the Japanese athlete claim the lead heading into the fourth end.
Then two cases of back-to-back game wins settled the match; Zeng had the edge over her opponent in the fourth and fifth ends, however, Kato managed to secure the following two games in a row to stand victorious against Zeng (9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-6).
Next up for Miyu Kato is the small task of taking on the player seeded second for the tournament, Germany’s Han Ying after she emerged successful in her last 16 tie.
Han picked up another 4-0 victory in the category to maintain her record of having not dropped a single game so far in the competition, as the German player overcame Japan’s Yui Hamamoto in straight ends (11-3, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7).
Jeon Jihee will take on the 2016 European Women’s Singles champion Hu Melek in the Stockholm quarter-finals after both competitors safely negotiated their respective fixtures against Yuka Ishigaki and Kyoka Kato.
The Korea Republic representative Jeon Jihee put in a commanding performance against Yuka Ishigaki to claim her spot in the last eight (11-9, 12-10, 11-4, 5-11, 11-3), while Hu Melek came back from 0-1 down to pick up a 4-1 triumph over Kyoka Kato (8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8).
Saturday 19th November: Women’s Singles – Main Draw