13 Nov 2017

Places in the penultimate round of the Under 21 Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm at stake on the evening of Monday 13th November; when proceedings concluded, all four positions belonged to China.

Chen Ke, Sun Mingyang, Wang Yidi and Zhang Rui all emerged successful.

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

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