by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Success once again contrary to the order of merit for An Jaehyun who in Germany had been in scintillating form. He beat Denmark’s Anders Lind, the no.13 seed (11-3, 14-12, 11-9), Kanak jha of the United States, the no.23 seed (4-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8) and Japan’s Mizuki Oikawa, the top seed (14-12, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9) to reach the penultimate round, where Sweden’s Truls Moregard, the no.15 seed, ended adventures (9-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6).
Repeat success for An Jaehyun; alas for Kanak Jha it was repeat disappointment. In Guadalajara, the no.13 seed, he was beaten in the opening round of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event by Italy’s Chen Shuainan (5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9).
Two upsets and there were two more as the opening round progressed; in both instances Austria experiencing defeat. Maciej Kolodziejczyk, the no.10 seed, was beaten by Frenchman Rémi Menand (11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8), Narayan Kapolnek, the no.15 seed, lost to Spain’s Carlos Caballero (13-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7).
Defeats but with the exception of Nils Hohmeier, it was opening round success for the leading names and more success for Korea.
Cho Seungmin, the top seed, beat Chile’s David Valenzuela (11-4, 11-7, 11-5), Aliaksandr Khanin of Belarus, the no.2 seed, accounted for Canada’s Matthew Lehmann (11-4, 11-9, 11-3). Likewise, Japan’s Yuki Matsuyama, the no.3 seed, ended the hopes of Russia’s Maksim Kiselev (11-3, 11-2, 11-7).
The second round of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event will be played later in the day.