27 Aug 2017

Quality told on the second day of play, Sunday 27th August, in the Men’s Singles standing categories at the 2017 Asian Para Championships in Beijing; the top seeds are all on course for gold.

Moreover, all are guaranteed medals; it is the choice of colour that is in question.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

China and Korea are very much to the fore. The host nation’s Yan Shuo (Class 7), Zhao Shuai (Class 8), Zhao Yi Qing (Class 9) and Lian Hao (Class 10) have all advanced to the semi-final round.

Meanwhile for Korea, Park Hongkyu (Class 6) has booked his place in the final, whilst Kim Gitae (Class 11) is through the semi-finals in the category for players with learning disabilities.

Outcomes as anticipated but on the second day of action there were performances of note, surprise names have reserved medals; the efforts to catch the eye in particular being those of China’s Huang Jiaxin, Hong Kong’s Chen Silu and Korea’s Shin Seungweon.

Recovering from an opening game deficit, in Class 6, Huang Jiaxin beat colleague Chen Chao, the no.2 seed (4-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-6) to reserve his place in the final. In Class 7, at the quarter-final stage, Chen Silu accounted for Japan’s Masachika Inoue, the no.3 seed (5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9), whilst in the same round in Class 9, Shin Seungweon ended the hopes of Hong Kong’s Wong Chi Yan, the no.3 seed (4-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8).

Also in Class 8, there are surprise names in the last four. Japan’s Arufuahirokazu Tateishi, who topped his group ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Hou Ting-Sung, the no.4 seed, beat Korea’s Shin Myungkook (11-9, 11-7, 11-4) to reserve his semi-final place as did China’s Peng Weinam by overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Hou Ting-Sung (11-2, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4). The previous day in the group phase, Peng Weinam, like Arufuahirokazu Tateishi had remained unbeaten, securing first his group ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Hu Ming-Fu.

Play in the Men’s Singles events concludes on Monday 28th August.

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