by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
The no.20 seed, he recorded a major second round Men’s Singles success and underlined the fact that likewise he can beat worthy Japanese opponents. He accounted for Kazuhiro Yoshimura, the no.7 seed, in six games (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9).
Such performances, with the Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships approaching, can only be positive signs for the South American country, a country that is moving from continental success to global renown.
Impressive from Vitor Ishiy; likewise there were most creditable performances from Korean qualifier Kim Minhyeok and Austria’s Simon Pfeffer, the no.36 seed. Kim Minhyeok beat Frenchman, Andrea Landrieu, the no.16 seed (13-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 14-12); Sim Pfeffer ended the hopes of Luxembourg’s Luka Mladenovic, the no.28 seed. He prevailed in a hard fought seven games encounter (8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 10-12, 11-1, 10-12, 11-4).
Places in the third round booked against expectations; four further names contrary to seeding also progressed. Japan’s Asuka Machi, who started play as the no.24 seed, beat Italian qualifier Chen Shuainan (11-6, 11-3, 11.8, 11-6), whilst when facing fellow qualifiers, Russia’s Artur Abusev and Moldova’s Andrei Putintica, both emerged successful.
Artur Abusev beat Slovakia’s Ingemar Peter (11-8, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7), Andrei Putuntica accounted for the Czech Republic’s David Reitspies (11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-3).
Performances in excess of expectations; for Austria’s Robert Gardos, Korea’s Cho Seungmin, Abdel-Kader Salifou of France and Iran’s Nima Alamian, as play progressed, it was second round success as predicted.
Robert Gardos, the no.2 seed, beat Chinese Taipei qualifier Tsai Chun-Yu (11-9, 11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-6); Cho Seungmin, the no.4 seed, accounted for Roman’s Alexandru Cazacasu, the no.31 seed (11-7, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8). Nima Alamian, the no.9 seed, ended the hopes of Russia’s Maksim Kiselev, like Tsai Chun-Yu a qualifier. Imposingly the Iranian won in five games (11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9).
The third round of the Men’s Singles event in addition to the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be staged on Saturday 31st March.