Tournaments

26 Aug 2017

Hard fought contests, the eventual results as status predicted, Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Brazil’s Hugo Calderano brought the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Czech Open in Olomouc to a conclusion on the late afternoon of Saturday 26th August.

Furthermore, they brought the round to a conclusion in quite dramatic fashion; overcoming adversaries by close decisions they had never previously encountered on the international scene.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed, overcame Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson, the no.7 seed, in a contest that ebbed and flowed; the 14 year old eventually prevailing in seven games (11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6).

“It was a match where I was lucky; there were a lot of net balls that decided the points. I feel very tired; eventually I managed to win in the seventh game.” Tomokazu Harimoto

A testing encounter for Tomokazu Harimoto, it was even more testing for Hugo Calderano, the no.9 seed when facing Chinese Taipei’s 16 years old Lin Yun-Ju, the young man who started his journey four days earlier in the qualification tournament and had left a trail of destruction in his path.

The 21 year old Brazilian had to recover from a two games to nil and three games to two deficit to secure victory; eventually he succeeded by the very minimal margin (3-11, 10-12, 11-7, 14-12, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11).

“I am actually surprised to win this match. He is a very young player, he played very well, he has beaten many good players, I had many problems during the match. He caused me a great deal of difficultly but I am very happy that I managed to change the game and win.” Hugo Calderano

Tomokazu Harimoto and Hugo Calderano now meet in the penultimate round; the contest is scheduled for later in the day with an approximate start at 9.00am (local time).

World Tour 2017 Seamaster Czech Open Hugo Calderano Kristian Karlsson Lin Yun -Ju Tomokazy Harimoto
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