// Positive start for most prominent but differing fortunes for visiting Chinese - International Table Tennis Federation


13 Jun 2018

The leading name in the Men’s Singles qualification tournament at the 2018 ITTF Challenge, DPR Korea (Pyongyang) Open; the host nation’s Ro Kwang Jin emerged successful in his opening contest on a day when it was somewhat differing fortunes for the visiting young Chinese players.

Zhu Shusheng, Ji Jiale and Cao Wei enjoyed success but there were defeats for Liu Yebo, Zhang Renyuan and Ji

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Ro Kwang Jin, present at last year’s Seamaster 2017 Asian Championships in Wuxi, made the ideal start to his campaign by overcoming Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Ngoc (11-4, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9).

Ji Jiale and Cao Wei both accounted for host nation adversaries; Ji Jiale beat Kim Jin Su (11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9), Cao Wei accounted for Ri Jong Sik (11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6). Hard fought wins; it was the same for Zhu Shusheng, in his opening contest he defeated Mongolia’s Erdenebayar Chinbat (11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-7).

Conversely, Lui Yebo and Zhang Renyuan experienced defeats at the hands of DPR Korea adversaries. Lui Yebo was beaten by Ro Hyon Song (11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11); Zhang Renyuan suffered at the hands of An Ji Song (11-6, 11-2, 11-8, 11-7). Meanwhile, for Ji Ruilong it was defeat when facing Iran’s Miad Lotfijanabadi (7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-9, 11-8).

Testing contests but no major surprises, only one result raised the eyebrows, DPR Korea’s Hwang Chung Nam accounted for Vietnam’s Doan Ba Tuan Anh, the highest rated player in his group (13-11, 7-11, 17-15, 11-6, 11-5).

A successful opening day for Cao Wei, it was the same in the Under 21 Men’s Singles event where he emerged one of three players to complete the initial phase matches unbeaten; the other two players to achieve the feat were DPR Korea’s Kim Ok Chan and Chae Min U.

Play in the Men’s Singles qualification tournament concludes on Thursday 14th June.

Challenge Series 2018 DPR Korea Open Ro Kwang Jin

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