Tournaments

16 Jun 2017

Crowd favourite, on Friday 14th June, Kasumi Ishikawa was knocked out in the first round of the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open in Tokyo.

by Wade Townsend

China’s Wang Manyu beat defeated Kasumi Ishikawa (6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 14-12, 11-7) in the opening round match of the Women’s Singles event.

Ishikawa currently stands at no. 6 on the World Ranking, while Wang is all the way back at no.43.

The Japanese star had a chance to tie the match up at two games apiece. At 12-11 up in the fourth game she was in full control of the rally, but a chop-block from Wang caught the net and dribbled over. Wang won the next two points and took a three-one lead, never looking back.

Wang’s next opponent will be Romania’s Elizabeta Samara, who cruised through the round of 32 with a four-nil win over Singapore’s Yu Mengyu..

Samara started and finished the match completely in control; while only a couple of places seperate them on the World Rankings, today it looked like the Romanian was a class above.

“Last time I played her was in World Championships in Japan and I lost 3-2. Here she was injured, but I was also injured. So against her I have always more chances because I like her game and style. So I knew that I had a chance against her. I was focused for the match, I knew where the ball was coming after my service and her service. I made a video analysis and everything went on my side.” Elizabeta Samara

Meanwhile, Mima Ito guaranteed Japan will represented in the round of 16 with a solid win over Korea’s Yang Haeun (6-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5).

Checkout the full results from this morning’s Women’s Singles matches here.

World Tour 2017 Seamaster Japan Open Kasumi Ishikawa Mima Ito Wang Manyu Elizabeta Samara Yu Mengyu
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