by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Impressively in four straight games Zuo Yue accounted for Singapore’s Zhang Wanling, the no.30 seed (11-9, 11-4, 11-7, 11-1) to reserve her place in the second round.
Success in style for Zuo Yue, for Kim Danbi, it was somewhat similar; she overcame the defensive skills of Alina Arlouskaya of Belarus, the no.24 seed, in four games (6-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-6, 12-10). However, for Kim Jimin, life was somewhat different; she had to stave off a fighting recovery from Charlotte Carey of Wales, the no.15 seed, before eventually emerging successful (11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 5-11, 11-8).
Noteworthy performances, to the delight of the host nation, there were also efforts of note from Nanthana Komwong and Orawan Paranang. They flew the Thai flag high. Nanthana Komwong, the no.10 seed, beat Korea’s Kim Yedam (11-6, 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5); Orawan Paranang, the no.26 seed, accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Fang Sih-Han (11-9, 13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).
Second round places secured; it was the same for the leading names on duty in the lower half of the draw, Japan being very much in evidence.
Hitomi Sato, the no.2 seed, beat Korea’s Kim Haeun (9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5), Honoka Hashimoto, the no.3 seed, accounted for Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan (11-2, 11-4, 11-2, 11-3).
Likewise, Yui Hamamoto, the no.5 seed, ended the hopes of Kim Eunji, like Kim Haeun from Korea (11-2, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8), whilst Singapore’s Yu Mengyu, the no.7 seed, defeated Divya Deshpande (11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5).
Play in the second round of the Women’s Singles event takes place later in the day.