by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
The no.15 seed, he accounted for Japan’s Mizuki Oikawa, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-2) to reserve his place in the quarter-final stage.
Defeat for Japan but there was the reverse scenario as upsets continued; Kohei Sambe, the no.30 seed, beat Hung Tzu-Hsing, the no.12 seed (9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3) to balance the books, whilst qualifier Hibiki Tazoe tipped the scales in favour of Japan by ousting Korea’s Cho Daeseong, the no.19 seed (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8).
The success recorded by Hibiki Tazoe means that four players who were required to compete in the two day qualification tournament have booked quarter-final places.
In contests where qualifiers met qualifiers; Hong Kong’s Su Zhi beat Korea’s Baek Hogyun (11-6, 11-4, 15-17, 11-9, 14-12), China’s Xu Ruifeng overcame Japan’s Hokuto Koriyama (11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-6, 11-9) and by the very narrowest of margins Frenchman Bastien Rembert defeated India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar (11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 10-12, 13-11).
Surprise quarter-finalists but two notable names have stood firm; Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko, the top seed and Japan’s Masatak Morizono, the no.3 seed. In the third round Kirill Gerassimenko beat Russian qualifier Fedor Kuzmin (11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-5); Masataka Morizono ousted colleague Takuya Jin, the no.24 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6).
At the quarter-final stage Kirill Gerassimenko meets Su Zhi, Yang Heng-Wei opposes Xu Ruifeng; in the opposite half of the draw, Bastian Rembert stands between Japan and the final. He confronts Masataka Morizono; Kohei Sambe plays Hibiki Tazoe.
The matches will be played later in the day.