Tournaments

10 Apr 2017

On the opening day of play at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF-Asian Championships in Wuxi, Pattaratorn Passara had impressed; on the second day of action, Monday 10th April, he was the player to spark the biggest recovery to date in the whole tournament.

In the third match of the Men’s Team qualification quarter-final contest against Vietnam, the 17 year old, belied his years and shouldered the mantle of responsibility; he kept the hopes of Thailand alive.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

After Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon had suffered defeat at the hands of Dinh Quang Linh (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9) and Padasak Tanviriyavechakul had been beaten by Nguyen Anh Tu (11-8, 14-12, 11-3); Pattaratorn Passara overcame Doan Ba Tuan Anh (11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8).

“I knew if I could win we had a chance; I think the major reason I won was that I blocked well from the backhand and could create angles.” Pattaratorn Passara

The win lifted Thailand; Padasak Tanviriyavechakul, now highly motivated, accounted for Dinh Quang Linh (11-6, 12-14, 11-9, 11-5) to set the scene for Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon to complete the revival. Animated he succeeded, he overcame Nguyen Anh Tu in three tension packed games; it was much more difficult win than the margin of victory may suggest, there were nervous moments as emotions ran high (12-10, 11-9, 12-10).

“I changed my service and receive of service for the second match; I tried to be more positive. I am really tired; I only arrived back from Sweden yesterday”, Padasak Tanviriyavechakul

A quite dramatic encounter, somewhat in contrast to the one further quarter-final that was required; DPR Korea proved too strong for Malaysia. A three-nil result was the victory margin

Pak Sin Hyok set his team on the road to victory by beating Leong Chee Feng (11-6, 11-3, 11-7), before Kang Wi Hun defeated Muhamad Ashraf Haiqal (11-3, 11-13, 11-4, 11-5) and Ro Kwang Jin used his defensive skills to good effect to overcome Muhd Shakirin Ibrahim (11-7, 11-9, 11-7).

At the semi-final stage of the Men’s Team qualification event, DPR Korea faces Iran, Thailand confronts India.

 

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