by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Jeremy Hazin is the second highest rated player in the Men’s Singles event, Khaled Kader is next in line. Aidos Kenzhigulov is somewhat lower, he is the seventh in the order of merit; in the Women’s Singles competition, Zauresh Akasheva is the fourth in the order of merit.
Presently listed at no.2 on the Under 18 Boys’ World Rankings, the runner up earlier this year in the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals, Manav Vikash Thakkar is the leading name on duty in the Men’s Singles event. Australia’s Ben Gould completes the top four.
Next on the list ahead of Aidos Kenzhigulov is Hong Kong’s Cheng Pak Hei followed by Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish; Cheng Pak Hei played in Rades, Jacobo Vahnish in both Hodonon and in Asuncion.
Notably for Ben Gould it is his first appearance of the year at an ITTF Road to Buenos Aires tournament; for Manav Vikash Thakkar, he competed in both Hodonin and Rades.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles event India’s Archana Girish Kamath, Croatia’s Andrea Pavlovich and Finland’s Annika Lundström comprise the top three names. Notably all have competed in two prior Road to Buenos Aires tournaments this year, in all cases in Hodonin and Rades.
Overall a total of 13 boys and 13 girls will compete in Bangkok; when matters conclude the names of two boys and two girls will be added to the Buenos Aires entry list.