by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Progress as predicted for Pattaratorn Passara but there were surprises as matters advanced to the later stages; in addition to Mohammed Abdulwahhab who had finished in second place in his group behind India’s Parth Virmani, most notably, there was no place in the last eight for Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun, the no.5 seed.
Second place in his group behind Chinese Taipei’s Peng Chih; he was beaten in the opening round by the latter’s compatriot, Li Hsin-Yang, the no.2 seed (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-5).
Success for Li Hsin-Yang but not for compatriot, Feng Yi-Hsin, the top seed; he was on the receiving end of the biggest shock of all. In the second round, he was beaten by Japan’s Seiya Nishimura, a player with no current world ranking; Feng Yi-Hsin suffered an agonising seven games defeat (9-11, 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10).
A quarter-final place for Seiya Nishimura against expectations, it was the same for his colleague, Ryu Hiruta, also a young man with no global status, as it was for Singapore’s Gerald Yu Zong Jun. Ryu Hiruta caused the host nation pain by beating Purit Verakultawan, the no.24 seed (11-9, 14-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7); Gerald Yu Zong Jun ended the hopes of Seiya Numamura, like Ryu Hiruta from Japan and not seeded (15-12, 4-11, 3-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8).
Progress, Gerald Yu Zong Jun, it was the same for India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar, Chinese Tai Ming-Wei and Japan’s Fumiya Igarashi; the difference being that it was according to their seeded positions.
In the second round of proceedings, Manav Vikash Thakkar, the no.3 seed, accounted for Hong Kong’s Lau Chun Kit (11-9, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6), whilst in a much closer contest Tai Ming-Wei defeated India’s Jeet Chandra, the no.9 seed (7-11, 11-9, 2-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7). A hard fought success for Tai Ming-Wei; for Fumiya Igarashi, the no.6 seed, life was less dramatic. He defeated Thailand’s Varote Shotelersuk in four straight games (11-6, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6).
At the quarter-final stage, Seiya Nishimura meets Pattaratorn Passara; Gerald Yu Zong Jun opposes Manav Vikash Thakkar; in the adjacent half of the draw, Tai Ming-Wei meets Fumiya Igarashi, Ryu Hiruta confronts Li Hsin-Yang.
Play in all events concludes on Sunday 14th May.
Photos: Nakares Terakashimi