by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
One match still to play, China’s Xu Haidong and Iran’s Amin Ahmadian both remain unbeaten but that is not the scenario for Sweden’s Oskar Danielsson, the no.4 seed; he experienced defeat at the hands of Egypt’s Ziad Elshawa (11-8, 1-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5).
Meanwhile, in the Junior Girls’ Singles event; in addition to Jinnipa Sawettabut, India’s Varuni Jaiswal, having completed her group matches unbeaten, is guaranteed first place in the group.
Top spot reserved, Egypt’s Farida Badawy, the no.3 seed, having remained unbeaten, is very much en route for first place with on match remaining; a situation that is very different for Malamantenia Papadimitriou of Greece. The no.4 seed, she was beaten by both China’s Zhang Xiaotong (14-12, 11-5, 11-5) and by India’s Mihika Rajesh Rohira (11-4, 11-7, 11-9).
First place in the group assured; in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event it is the same scenario for Iran’s Radin Khayyam, Egypt’s Omar Allam and Ziad Elshawa as it is for Sweden’s Linus Keraenen. All completed their group stage matches unbeaten.
Somewhat differently in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event, each player has one match remaining; notably China’s Kuai Man, the top seed ended the day unbeaten.
The initial phase of proceedings nearing completion; in the Hopes Boys’ Singles event Iran’s Mohammad Amin Samadai and Sweden’s Elias Sjögren are the two players to complete their group stage matches unbeaten. In the counterpart Hopes Girls’ Singles competition that honour belongs to India’s Suhana Saini and Egypr’s Hana Goda.
Play in the group phase of proceedings concludes on Saturday 10th February.