09 Mar 2018

Comprehensive performances, Chen Meng and Wang Manyu imposed their authority on proceedings on the evening of Friday 9th March to reserve places in the semi-final stage of the Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open in Doha.

Both accounted for colleagues who had been required to compete in the qualification tournament.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Chen Meng, the top seed, beat Wang Yidi (12-10, 11-8, 18-16, 11-6) the extra experience counting against a player who was runner up in the Girls’ Singles event at the 2015 World Junior Championships in La Roche-sur-Yon but as yet to establish herself on the senior scene.

“I was surprised we were playing tonight, I wasn’t really prepared; I’m not used to playing so late at night.” Chen Meng

Success for Chen Meng, on the adjacent table it was success for Wang Manyu, the no.5 seed, she accounted for Sun Yingsha (5-11, 11-4, 11, 11-5, 11-2).

“I’m feeling good, I believe I can win the tournament; I’m playing well, anything is possible.” Wang Manyu

The outcome means that the final of one year ago will be enacted in the penultimate round; in 2017 Chen Meng beat Wang Manyu to secure the top prize.

Success for Wang Manyu at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Singles event; in partnership with Chen Ke, there was success in the penultimate round of the Women’s Doubles competition but it was hard fought. The duo beat Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato, the top seeds but they came perilously close to defeat.

In the decisive fifth game they saved match point at 9-10 and 10-11 before securing victory (11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 13-11). Now, in the final they meet colleagues Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha, the no.4 seed. In the penultimate round, they overcame Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the no.2 seeds (7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11).

“Sun Yingsha did not play that well in the first two games, I don’t think she was really focused, not as stable as usual. However, in the third and fourth games it was totally different, she carried us through.” Chen Xingtong

Meanwhile, in the Men’s Doubles event, in the final China’s Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, meet Japan’s Jun Mizutani and Yuya Oshima.

At the semi-final stage Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.2 seeds, beat Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu, the no.7 seeds (11-4, 11-8, 11-7); Jun Mizutani and Yuya Oshima received a walk-over against China’s Fang Bo and Lin Gaoyuan, illness preventing Fang Bo from competing.

The finals of both the Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles events will be played on Sunday 11th March.


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