06 Apr 2018

The top seeded player in the Men's Singles draw has been eliminated at the penultimate stage of the competition on Friday 6th April with Liao Cheng-Ting losing out to no.24 seed Mizuki Oikawa on the final day of play at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Slovenia Open in Otocec.

by Simon Daish

Nothing separated the two players after the opening two games of the match with Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting responding to a slow start with a positive outing in game two to draw the scores level at one game apiece.

However, the no.1 seed struggled to find any momentum and Mizuki Oikawa took full advantage of the situation, claiming three of the next four games to snatch a massive upset (13-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6).

In the battle of the two Slovak Republic stars it was Lubomir Pistej who came out on top as Wang Yang was forced to settle for a semi-finals finish in Otocec.

The match was evenly balanced heading into game five with both players having two game wins to their names but back-to-back game wins at the closing stages of the tie handed Lubomir Pistej the victory (5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 13-15, 12-10, 11-8) and his spot in the final.

Just one match remains in the Men’s Singles competition, Mizuki Oikawa and Lubomir Pistej meet in the gold medal match at 16.30pm (local time).

Challenge Series 2018 Slovenia Open Liao Cheng-Ting Lubomir Pistej

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