21 Mar 2018

Winner in Spala the previous week at the ITTF Challenge Series tournament; Korea’s Kim Kiho made the perfect start to her quest of repeating the success at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open in Bremen.

In the opening round of the Under 21 Women’s Singles event, she accounted for Sweden’s Christina Källberg in three straight games (11-6, 11-1, 11-5), it was an outcome according to seeding, Kim Jiho started play as the no.16 seed, Christina Källberg, the no.23; however, there were seeded names that fell by the wayside.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

First round defeats but they could hardly be considered surprises; the new World Ranking scheme undoubtedly encouraging players who may not have competed in the age group events, to take part.

Romania’s Adina Diaconu, the no.16 seed, was beaten by Japan’s Hitomi Sato, the no.26 seed (5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-2); likewise Belgium’s Lisa Lung also experienced defeat at Japanese hands, the no.8 seed she was beaten by Honoka Hashimoto, the no.27 seed (11-5, 11-5, 11-5). Notably on the ITTF World Tour Hitomi Sato has six ITTF World Tour Under 21 Women’s Singles titles to her credit, whilst at ITTF Challenge Series tournaments, Honoka Hashimoto was the Women’s Singles runner up last week in Poland and the winner last year in Zagreb.

In a not too dissimilar manner, the French duo of Oceane Guisnel and Marie Migot suffered defeats when facing lower seeded but most creditable opposition. Oceane Guisnel, the no.12 seed, was beaten by China’s Huang Yingqi, the no.24 seed (11-7, 11-3, 11-8); Marie Migot, the no.13 seed, lost to Chinese Taipei’s Fan Siqi, the no.25 seed (11-8, 11-2, 11-6).

Defeats for highly rated names, for the top names they were not required to raise their rackets in anger; Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam, Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz and Germany’s Wan Yuan alongside the Japanese duo of Saki Shibata and Miyuu Kihara received direct entries to round two.

The second round and quarter-finals of the Under 21 Women’s Singles event will be played on Wednesday 21st March.

World Tour Hitomi Sato Oceane Guisnel Kim Jiho Honolka Hashimoto

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