18 Jan 2017

A brave run, on the opening day of play in the qualification stage of proceedings at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open, whatever Istvan Molnar did, turned to gold; the no.32 seed in the Under 21 Men’s Singles event, the lowest rated player, he advanced to the quarter-final stage.

They say you cannot do everything in one tournament; some have disproved that theory but on Wednesday 18th January in Budapest, it applied to the 18 year old Hungarian.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

He was beaten by Belgium’s Martin Allegro, the no.9 seed but he did not depart without a fight; he extended his worthy adversary the full five games distance (11-7, 8-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-4).

Success for Martin Allegro as anticipated; it was the same in the three remaining Under 21 Men’s Singles round of last eight duels.

However for Frenchman, Can Akkuzu, the top seed, he came perilously close to defeat against a spirited Romanian in the guise of Romania’s Rares Sipos, the no.16 seed.

Eventually he succeeded in five games but in the fourth had to save one match point (7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7).

“He made a very aggressive start and good tactics against me so I found myself two-one down. I started mixing my serves more so could take lead in game four. I took the lead 8-3 but credit to him he never gave up and came back to lead 10-9 so I had to save one match point; I won that game 12-10. I have to be more awake from the start in the semi-final and I need a good rest and preparation”, Can Akkuzu after beating Rares Sipos

Meanwhile, both Kazakhastan’s Kirill Gerassimenko and Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic emerged successful with such drama or the need for a deciding game.

Kirill Gerassimenko beat Russia’s Konstantin Chernov, the no.11 seed (11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-9); Darko Jorgic, the no.3 seed, ended the hopes of Portugal’s Diogo Chen, the no.12 seed (9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8).

At the semi-final stage, Can Akkuzu meets Darko Jorgic, Martin Allegro opposes Kiril Gerassimenko.

World Tour 2017 Hungarian Open Darko Jorgic Kirill Gerassimenko Can Akkuzu Martin Allegro Istvan Molnar

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