Tournaments

07 Apr 2018

A sensational win one day earlier, one which ranks not only in the discipline of table tennis but in the wider range of sport, on the second day of action, Saturday 7th April, at the Lion 31st ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2018, it was back down to earth for the host nation’s 14 year old Tomokazu Harimoto.

After having beaten China’s Fan Zhendong (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8), the player who heads the current World Ranking; the no.6 seed, the Japanese teenager experienced defeat at the hands of Korea’s Jeong Sangeun, the no.8 seed (11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The result was very much a reversal of fortunes; on the opening day of action, Jeong Sangeun had finished in third place in his group behind Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Koki Niwa; it meant he progress to the challenge round.

In the challenge round he beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An, the no.9 seed (12-10, 9-11, 12-10, 11-3).

Conversely, Tomokazu Harimoto had topped his group without a losing a single match.

A change of fortunes for Tomokazu Harimoto, it was the same for Fan Zhendong, as it was for colleague Lin Gaoyuan, the no.2 seed, who also had suffered a somewhat unexpected defeat on the opening day of action when losing to Korea’s Lee Sangsu (11-8, 11-5, 11-5).

Fan Zhendong accounted for Koki Niwa, the no.5 seed, in his quarter-final encounter (9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10, 11-6), Lin Gaoyuan overcame Wong Chun Ting, bronze medallist in Dubai two years ago. Impressively, Lin Gaoyuan prevailed in five games (11-6, 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the one further Men’s Singles quarter-final encounter, Lee Sangsu continued his good form; the no.4 seed, he beat Iran’s Nima Alamian (9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7), the player who had won the regional group and earlier in the day had caused a major upset by overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.7 seed, in the challenge round.

Played later today, at the semi-final stage, Jeong Sangeun meets Lin Gaoyuan; Fan Zhendong opposes Lee Sangsu.

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