17 Nov 2017

Efficient from start to finish, a job to be done, a goal to be achieved; Chen Meng completed the task with utmost efficiency as proceedings advanced in the lower half of the draw in the second round of the Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm on the evening of Friday 17th November.

Moreover, the clinical task ended the hopes of the host nation; the no.3 seed, she accounted for Matilda Ekholm, the no.15 seed, in four straight games (11-7, 11-5, 11-1, 11-3).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

A most impressive performance by Chen Meng, it was exactly the same from her colleagues Zhu Yuling, the no.2 seed and from Chen Xingtong, a player who had been required to negotiate the rigours of the qualification tournament.

Zhu Yuling beat Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem (11-7, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6); in a similar vein, Chen Xingtong ended the hopes of Turkey’s Hu Melek, the reigning European champion. Chen Xingtong prevailed in five games (11-5, 11-4, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4).

“I didn’t find too many problems playing against her style of play. Today I felt comfortable, I moved well. Certainly winning earlier in the year in Hungary has helped my confidence but I’m still excited to play here in Stockholm.” Chen Xingtong

Success for one qualifier in the guise of Chen Xingtong; there was also success for another. Japan’s Miyu Kato, who one day earlier had beaten Germany’s Han Ying,the no.8 seed (10-12, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8) overcame Singapore’s Yu Mengyu, likewise a qualifier (11-13, 11-5, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9). The success was somewhat of a revenge win for Japan, in the opening round Yu Mengyu had beaten Hina Hayata, the no.11 seed (9-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3).

At the quarter-final stage Chen Meng meets Chen Xingtong, Miyu Kato opposes Zhu Yuling; the matches will be played on Saturday 18th November and will be followed by the semi-finals later in the day.

World Tour 2017 Seamaster German Open Chen Meng Zhu Yuling Chen Xingtong Miyu Kato

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