by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Once again as has been witnessed in the past, a series of clinically efficient performances ensured success.
Wang Yidi, the no.8 seed, after beating Hong Kong’s Zhu Chengzhu, the no.14 seed, in three straight games (11-4, 11-2, 11-3) accounted for a young lady who attracted the attention. She beat Japan’s 13 year old Miyuu Kihara, the no.9 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-9). A player who one round earlier had caused a major upset.
In the second round, she had accounted for Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the top seed; an engagement that was delayed because the fire bell rang, an evacuation of the premises being needed. Impressively, she overcame Minnie Soo Wai Yam in three straight games (11-8, 13-11, 11-8).
“I wasn’t nervous before the match but I was nervous when the fire bell sounded! In the match I was able play a good first attack and change direction quickly by staying close the table and playing at a fast pace.” Miyuu Kihara.
Impressive from Wang Yidi against a Japanese adversary, it was the same from Sun Mingyang and Zhang Rui.
Sun Mingyang accounted for Singapore’s Lin Ye, the no.6 seed (11-8, 11-5, 11-9) before ending the hopes of Miyu Nagasaki, the no.10 seed; in a likewise vein Zhang Rui, the no.7 seed, overcame Thailand’s Tamolwan Khetkhuan, the no.11 seed, prior reserving her quarter-final place courtesy of success in opposition to Minami Ando, the no.2 seed (12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3).
Noteworthy performances; it was exactly the same from Chen Ke, the no.3 seed; she accounted for Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi, the no.16 seed (11-5, 11-9, 11-5) and Korea’s Kim Jiho, the no.13 seed (11-7, 15-13, 8-11, 11-5).
At the semi-final stage Wang Yidi meets Sun Mingyang, Chen Ke opposes Zhang Rui; both semi-finals and finals will be played on Wednesday 15th November