16 Sep 2017

Status prevailed in the Women’s event at the ATTU-ITTF Asian Cup in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on the morning of Saturday 15th September as the top four names all reserved semi-final places.

China’s Zhu Yuling set the tone to be followed by colleague Liu Shiwen and the Japanese duo of Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Zhu Yuling beat Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.6 seed, in four straight games (11-5, 11-3, 11-2, 11-3), before Liu Shiwen followed suit by overcoming Korea’s Suh Hyowon the no.8 seed (11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-1, 11-3).

“I entered into the match rhythm very quickly today. I was very focused on the match and made few mistakes.” Zhu Yuling

Success for China, it was the same for Japan; Kasumi Ishikawa overcame Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, the no.9 seed (11-9, 12-10, 14-12, 14-12), prior to Miu Hirano halting the aspirations of Chen Szu-Yu also from Chinese Taipei and the no.12 seed (11-13, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3). Earlier in the day, Miu Hirano had emerged successful in the play quarter-final contest beating India’s Manika Batra (11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6); in the counterpart contest, Suh Hyowon had ended the hopes of Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching, the no.11 seed (11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9).

“I played very well and was very satisfied with my performance today. I expected that this was not aa easy match so I made a lot of preparations. I was very determined in the crucial stage.” Kasumi Ishikawa

Meanwhile, at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s event, there was more success for China but not for Japan. Fan Zhendong, the top seed, beat Jun Mizutani, the no.3 seed (11-8, 11-13, 16-14, 11-5, 11-8); colleague Lin Gaoyuan , the no.7 seed, overcame Korea’s Jeong Sangeun, the no.8 seed (6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5).

“Yesterday, I did not have a good feeling for the ball. Today I also met some difficulties, especially in the first three games when Jun played very aggressively.  After taking the third game, I became more relaxed, more comfortable, more focused.” Fan Zhendong

Defeat for Jun Mizutani, there was also defeat for Japanese colleague, Koki Niwa; the no.4 seed, he suffered at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An, the no.9 seed who, in the preliminary round, had ousted Iran’s Nima Alamian (11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7). The win for Chen Chien-An was a reversal of the previous day when he had lost to Koki Niwa (13-11, 12-10, 11-4).

“Yesterday in the group stage, I lost to him three-nil. I made more preparations and changes today. Yesterday I could not control his service. Today I was more aggressive. I controlled the play better. I made many changes in the match rhythm and placement of the ball.” Chen Chien-An

Success for Chinese Taipei but there was defeat; Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.6 seed, was beaten by Korea’s Lee Sangsu, the no.5 seed (11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9). In the play-off round Lee Sangsu had accounted for Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan (11-4, 10-12, 13-11, 11-13, 11-2, 12-10).

“I played Chuang Chih-Yuan once before and lost in straight games; in the seventh game I had more luck than him.” Lee Sangsu

At the semi-final stage of the Men’s Singles event, Chen Chien-An meets Lin Gaoyuan, Fan Zhendong opposes Lee Sangsu; in the Women’s Singles competition it is Zhu Yuling against Miu Hirano, Kasumi Ishikawa in opposition to Liu Shiwen.

The matches are scheduled for later in the day.

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