by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
However, true to tradition there was one unexpected outcome; Korea’s Lee Zion and Song Maeum, a partnership which had commenced their journey in the qualification stage, continued their good form.
They ended the hopes of Cheng Hsien-Tu and Liu Hsing-Yin, the no.6 seeds (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3) on what was not the best of evenings for Chinese Taipei; in the corresponding penultimate round engagement, colleagues Huang Yu-Chiao and Lin Chia-Hui, also qualifiers, experienced defeat at the hands of Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3).
Success for the top seeds in the penultimate round of the Women’s Doubles event, it was the same in the Men’s Doubles competition and with an added bonus.
Impressively, the host nation’s Robin Devos and Cédric Nuytinck ended the adventures of Russian qualifiers, Sadi Ismailov and Denis Ivonin (11-8, 11-7, 11-7).
In the final they meet the German combination of Patrick Franziska and Ricardo Walther, the no.2 seeds; in the corresponding semi-final contest, they overcame India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, the no.4 seeds; they emerged successful in a keenly contested five games duel (11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-5).
“It’s great to be in the final. The Belgian crowd will have someone to support and my family and friends can come to watch tomorrow. We played very good and made no mistakes in our matches today; with this form we can do something in the final but for me the German pair is the favourite.” Cédric Nuytinck
The finals’ programme is scheduled to commence at 2.00pm (local time) on Saturday 4th November; the Women’s Doubles final is first on the agenda.