14 May 2018

Winner the previous week in Slovakia but third place in her initial stage Women’s Singles group earlier in the week in Lasko; Dararat Asayut joined forces with Thai colleague Pattaravadee Wararitdamrongkul to cause the biggest upset on the third day of play, Friday 11th May, in the Women’s Team events at the Slovenia Para Open.

Competing in Class 1-3, the duo overcame Croatia’s Andela Muzinic and Helena Dretar by two matches to nil to remain unbeaten and thus secured a semi-final place. Notably, it was the only defeat of the day for the Croatians. They duly reserved second position in the group and thus a place in the last four.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The defeat experienced by Andela Muzinic and Helena Dretar was one of three noteworthy upsets in the first stage of the Women’s Team events.

In Class 6-7, an event in which the top seeded duo of Turkey’s Kubra Korkut and Kelly van Zon of the Netherlands remained unbeaten, the combination of Ukraine’s Maryna Lytovchenko and Romania’s Gabriela Constantin, the no.2 seeds, experienced a two matches to one defeat at the hands of Russia’s Ulija Shishkina and Maliak Alieva.

Likewise in Class 11, the top seeds, the combination of Ukraine’s Natalya Kosmina and Japan’s Kanami Furukawa remained unbeaten but there was defeat for the no.3 seeds. Japan’s Sayuri Mio and Maki Ito lost to Ng Mui Wui, Wong Pui Kei and Li Hiu Tang.

Success for the top seeds in Class 6-7 and Class 11; it was the same in Class 4-5, Class 8 and in Class 9-10.

In Class 4-5 the partnership formed by Serbia’s Borislava Peric-Rankovic, Nada Matic and Kristina Arancic remained unbeaten as in Class 8 did the pairing of Russia’s Victoriya Safonova and Elena Litvinenko. Meanwhile, not to be upstaged; in Class 9-10 the Brazilian trio of Bruna Alexandre, Danielle Rauen and Jennyfer Parinos enjoyed a successful day.

Proceedings in Lasko conclude on Saturday 12th May.

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