by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
A place in the quarter-final reserved, Shunsuke Togami recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat German qualifier, Dennis Klein (7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5), prior to ending the hopes of Hong Kong.
He accounted Lam Siu Hang, the top seed (11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8) in the penultimate round before securing the title at the expense of Ng Pak Nam, the no.4 seed (11-3, 11-8, 11-9).
“I am very surprised to win this title. There were a lot of good players present here in Belgium. My win in this final is really important for my world ranking. We have a good generation of Japanese players. The goal is to break through on the international scene. My goal is to be number one. I will have to beat my Japanese friends then I think.” Shunsuke Togami
Notably it was the third consecutive Japanese adversary for Ng Pak Nam; at the quarter-final stage he had beaten Yukiya Uda, the no.6 seed (6-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-8), before ending the hopes of Yuki Tanaka, the no.27 seed (7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7) and a player in form. In the third round he had beaten Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic, the no.2 seed (9-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9), prior to recording a quarter-final success in opposition to Belgium’s Martin Allegro (7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7).
Success against Hong Kong for Shunsuke Togami on the penultimate day of play; for Li Yu-Jhun it was very much success against Korea. After recording a quarter-final success against Russia’s Ekaterina Guseva, the no.7 seed (11-6, 11-5, 11-7), she beat qualifier Kim Yedam by the very narrowest of margins (8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Lee Zion, the top seed (8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6).
“I am very happy. I never won a tournament like this. This title gives my confidence a big boost. Now I am going to party with my friends.” Li Yu-Jhun
In the opposite half of the draw in the penultimate round, in the later rounds, Lee Zion ousted Romanian qualifier Alina Zaharia (11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4) before ending the hopes of Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi, the no.4 seed (11-9, 11-2, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6).