24 Mar 2018

Runner up just under two weeks ago when contrary to expectations he progressed to the final in Qatar, on Friday 23rd March it was a somewhat different story for Brazil’s Hugo Calderano. The no.13 seed in the Men’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open, he was beaten in the opening round by Swedish qualifier Mattias Karlsson.

He experienced defeat in six games (13-11, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 12-10) but he was not the biggest name to fall as the day concluded with mixed fortunes for the host nation.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The major casualty was Japan’s 14 year old Tomokazu Harimoto, a young man who in the past two years has delighted in causing upset after upset; the no.8 seed in Bremen he found the variations in the defensive skills of Germany’s Ruwn Filus just that little too difficult to read. Just as Hugo Calderano experienced a six games defeat, so did Tomokazu Harimoto (11-5, 7-11, 14-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5).

Success for Ruwen Filus, for colleague it was defeat on what proved a good evening for Sweden; he was beaten by Kristian Karlsson, the no.16 seed (5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9).

“I played very well. We are good friends, living and practising together in Düsseldorf. It’s always close when we play against each other. I saw some matches of him in the qualification, so I am very satisfied to beat him four-two.” Kristian Karlsson


Positive outcomes for two Swedes, one surprise, one expected; it was the same for Hong Kong. Ho Kwan Kit caused the upset by beating Egypt’s Omar Assar, the no.14 seed (11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 12-19), Wong Chun Ting, the no.6 seed, advanced as predicted; he overcame a most dangerous opponent in the guise of Jeong Sangeun (11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5).

Defeat for Korea but there was success; Lee Sangsu, who the previous week at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Polish Open in Spala had suffered a shock second round defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek (11-6, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9) displayed a welcome return to form. The no.12 seed, he ended the progress of Russia’s Kirill Skachkov (12-10, 11-3, 7-11, 13-11, 11-3).

“I played well but it was a little bit different in the main hall because of the ball jumping. I tried to find a rhythm to my play but against such a good player it’s very difficult. I was thinking too much about the service; at the end of the day Lee Sangsu was more powerful.” Kirill Skachkov

A place in the second round as expected for Lee Sangsu, it was the same for Japan’s Koki Niwa and Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan; both beat compatriots, Koki Niwa, the no.4 seed, accounted for Jin Ueda (11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6); Chuang Chih-Yuan ended the progress of Lia Cheng-Ting (4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8).

The second round and quarter-finals of the Men’s Singles event will be played on Saturday 25th March.

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