by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Defeat but it could not be considered an upset when the history of Mu Zi is taken into consideration. Notably, she was a semi-finalist at the Qoros 2015 World Championships and later in the same year the winner on the ITTF World Tour in Sweden.
“I am quite tired after playing three events in a row. Regardless of the results, the most important thing for me is there is something I can learn from; that is the value. I am playing the matches one at a time and as long as there’s a match there’s something I can learn. It is important to get used to the competition atmosphere and do my best.” Hina Hayata
Success for China in the second round of the Women’s Singles event and there was further success; ever more consistent, Wang Manyu, the no.2 seed, accounted for Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching, the no.14 seed (11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9).
Meanwhile, for Japan, despite defeat for Hina Hayata there was success.
Mima Ito, the no.3 seed, beat Korea Republic’s Suh Hyowon, the no.11 seed (11-7, 11-7, 11-2, 11-4) and thus repeated the success she had enjoyed in 2017 when in Wuxi they had met at the Asian Championships; Kasumi Ishikawa, the top seed, accounted for Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, a player who had been required to compete in the qualification tournament. Kasumi Ishikawa emerged successful in five games (11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 11-1, 11-7).
At the quarter-final stage Kasumi Ishikawa meets China’s Chen Xingtong, Mima Ito opposes Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching. In the opposite half of the draw Mu Zi plays Wang Manyu, the host nation’s Miu Hirano confronts China’s Liu Shiwen.
The matches will be played later in the day-