by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
In the opening round, he beat Germany’s Benno Oehme (11-6, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8), before causing one of the day’s biggest upsets; he accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Li Hsin-Yang, the no.3 seed (5-11, 12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7).
Success for Vladislav Ursu in what was a complete change of fortunes, Tao Yuchang, his nemesis in the qualification stage, experienced a first round exit. He was beaten by the Czech Republic’s Radim Bako (11-5, 11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 11-7) who in turn suffered a second round defeat at the hands of Chile’s Nicolas Burgos, the no.8 seed. He was suffered in five games (11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7).
A quite outstanding performance by Vladislav Ursu, it rather overshadowed another splendid effort; Germany’s Meng Fanbo caused an upset of note in the second round; he ended the hopes of the host nation’s Jules Rolland, the no.7 seed (11-5, 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-5).
Surprise outcomes but other than for Li Hsin-Yang, the very elite names progressed. Direct entries to the second round, China’s Xu Haidong and Xu Yingbin both enjoyed success. Xu Haidong, the top seed, beat Japan’s Takeru Kashiwa (11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5), Xu Yingbin, the no.4 seed, defeated Frenchman, Dorian Zhang (9-11, 11-8, 16-14, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6).
Meanwhile, Feng Yi-Hsin, the no.2 seed, upheld the honour of Chinese Taipei by beating Russia’s Lev Volin (11-8, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6), whilst the host nation’s Bastien Rembert, the no.6 seed, kept his hopes alive of retaining the title won one year ago. He beat Germany’s Kay Stumper (11-8, 11-6, 12-14, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9).
Defeat for Li Hsin-Yang in the Junior Boys’ Singles event but there was a grain of compensation as the Junior Boys’ Doubles competition started; partnering Feng Yi-Hsin, the top seeds, they beat Russia’s Aleksandr Kraskovski and Rusian Cherekes (11-3, 11-5, 11-3) in their opening contest.
A successful start for the top seeds against Russian opposition, it was the same for the second seeds. Xu Yingbin in partnership with Chinese national team colleague, Yu Heyi, ended the hopes of Vladislav Makarov and Sergey Ryzhov (6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 11-2).
Play in both the Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Boys’ Doubles events concludes on Thursday 26th April.