24 Jul 2017

Two months ago, the top step of the podium at the 2017 World Para Team Championships in Bratislava belonged to Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Ming-Chih and Lin Yen-Hung; on home soil there will be no such repeat.

Competing once again in Men’s Team Class 5, on Tuesday 18th July, at the 4th Taichung Open for the Disabled, they had to settle for third place in their first stage group and thus received no passport to the main draw.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

They experienced a two-one defeat at the hands of Korea’s Ko Myeongwook and Kang Chasoo, before suffering a two-nil reverse when facing Thailand’s Wanchai Chaiwut and Maitree Kongruang.

Furthermore Cheng Ming-Chih was a player in form; the previous day he had secured the Men’s Singles Class 5 title. Wanchai Chaiwut and Maitree Kongruang duly accounted for Ko Myeongwook and Kang Chasoo to reserve first place.

Surprise main draw qualifiers; not in the adjacent group, the German combination of Thomas Schmidberger, Valentin Baus and Jan Guertler, the top seeds, secured pole position. Lin Wen-Hsin and Lin Gow-Ching finished in runners up spot to keep the hopes of the hosts alive.

One upset and there was one more of note; in Women’s Singles Class 11, in their opening fixture of the campaign, the Japanese trio of Sayuri Mio, Nanako Hazeyama and Ayumi Kawasaki experienced a two-nil defeat at the hands of the combination formed by Korea’s Seo Yanghee and Chinese Taipei’s Li Jing-Shiuan.

Success but the success was short-lived; on their next visit to the table, Seo Yanghee and Li Jing-Shiuan experienced defeat by the same margin when facing Hong Kong’s Mui Wui and Wong Ka Man. A group organised event, Mui Wui and Wong Ka Man ended the day the only unbeaten outfit.

Meanwhile, in the remaining events, the leading combinations enjoyed success with Germany and Japan very much in evidence.

In group organised events, Thomas Schmidberger, Valentin Baus and Jan Guertler remained unbeaten in Men’s Team Class 4-5, as did German colleagues, Jochen Wollmert and Thomas Rau in Men’s Class 6-7. Likewise in Women’s Team Class 7-10, Juliane Wolf and Lena Kramm enjoyed a trouble free day.

In a similar vein in a group administered event, Japan’s Takeshi Takemori, Koya Kato and Toshiya Takahashi remained unbeaten in Men’s Team Class 11, whilst in Men’s Team Class 8-10, where there were two groups in the initial phase, both saw players from the Land of the Rising Sun secure first places. Nariaki Kakita, Naoya Nagashita and Hiromi Sato, the top seeds, enjoyed an unblemished day as did the second seeded combination of Arufuahirokazu Tateishi and Yoshihisa Takeda.

Success for Germany, success for Japan; for Korea and Chinese Taipei, there was also reason to smile as top seeded outfits justified their status. Korea’s Cha Sooyong and Joo Young ended the day unbeaten in Men’s Team Class 1-2, as did the trio of Wu Cheng-Sheng, Fann Chen-Shin and Yin Chien-Ping in Men’s Team Class 3.

Play in the 4th Taichung Open for the Disabled concludes on Wednesday 19th July.

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Photos: Courtesy of Steven W.H. Lee

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