Tournaments

08 Oct 2017

Early exits in the Men’s Singles event at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Polish Open in Czestochowa; Ho Kwan Kit had suffered a surprise second round defeat at the hands of Spain’s Alvaro Robles; one round earlier, Ng Pak Nam had been beaten by the in-form Frenchman, Quentin Robinot.

However, together life was much better, on Sunday 8th October the pair combined to secure the Men’s Doubles title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The no.2 seeds, at the final hurdle Ho Kwan Kit and Ng Pak Nam accounted for India’s Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh, the no.5 seeds (10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9).

It is the first title of any description for Ng Pak Nam on either the ITTF World Tour or ITTF Challenge Series; for Ho Kwan Kit it is somewhat different.

Notably at the GAC Group 2014 Philippines Open in Manila he secured the Men’s Singles title beating Singapore’s Zhan Jian in the final. Later he won the Under 21 Men’s Singles event in 2016 in China and Qatar.

Furthermore, he has enjoyed Men’s Doubles success. In 2016 in Slovenia, he partnered colleague Wong Chun Ting to success, the pair beating Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu in the final.

However, it is the result of the 2015  Australia Open that is the most relevant when the 2017 ITTF Challenge Polish Open is being considered. Partnering compatriot Lam Siu Hang, the duo accounted for Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh in the title deciding contest.

It is the only previous time when Harmeet Desai has appeared in either an ITTF World Tour or ITTF Challenge Series Men’s Doubles final.

Meanwhile Soumyajit Ghosh is a previous visitor. Earlier this year at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Bulgaria Open in Panagyurishte, he partnered Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, the duo reached the final, losing to Japan’s Jin Ueda and Maharu Yoshimura.

However, Soumyajit Ghosh has enjoyed Men’s Doubles success this year; at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open, he partnered Amalraj Anthony to gold, the pair overcoming the combination of Bulgaria’s Philipp Floritz and Romania’s Hunor Szocs in the final.

Success in Santiago for Soumyajit Ghosh, not in Czestochowa; the title belonged to Ho Kwan Kit and Ng Pak Nam.

Challenge Series 2017 Polish Open Ho Kwan Kit Soumyajit Ghosh Ng Pak Nam Harmeet Desai
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