29 Jun 2018

A transatlantic crossing but for Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlqhuist and Ingela Lundbäck, it was a successful start to their campaigns in the Women’s Singles events at the 2018 United States Para Open in Las Vegas on Thursday 28th June.

Both starting the day as the top seeds in their respecting categories, Anna-Carin Ahlquist in Class 2-3, Ingela Lundbäck in Class 4-5, top place in the initial stage group was the end result.

by Ian Marshall, Publications Editor

Likewise in Class 4-5, Israel’s Caroline Tabib, the no.2 seed, finished in first place in her group and thus advanced to the second stage. However in Class 2-3, there was a surprise; Japan’s Yukimi Chada, the no.2 seed, was beaten by the host nation’s Pamela Fontaine (11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4).

Pamela Fontaine remained unbeaten to top the group; for Yukimi Chada it was her only defeat and thus she advanced to the semi-finals.

Success for the top seeds in the Women’s Singles wheelchair classes, it was the same in the Men’s Singles wheelchair competitions.

In a group organised Class 1 event, Korea’s Lee Haekon remained unbeaten, as in Class 2 did Cha Sooyong, a category in which there was a surprise, colleague Song Byungjun, the no.2 seed, was beaten by Lee Jungi also from Korea (12-10, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8). Lee Jungi duly topped the group with Song Byungjun in second place.

Meanwhile, in Class 3 the top two names, Brazil’s Welder Knaf and Korea’s Kim Jinsung duly topped their groups and advanced to the semi-finals. Alas for David Andrade de Freitas, like Welder Knaf from Brazil, there were problems.

The no.3 seed, he finished in second place in his group behind Uruguay’s Gonzalo Acosta, prior to experiencing a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Jenson Van Emburgh, the no.4 seed (11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8). Similarly, it was a last eight defeat for Gonzalo Acosta, he was beaten by Chile’s Alfonso Diaz (11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11).

Earlier in the group phase Alfonso Diaz had lost to Kim Jinsung (11-4, 11-6, 11-1) and had finished in runners up spot in his group.

Success for Korea and it was the same in Class 4-5; Kim Kiyong, the top seed, duly finished in first place in his group as did Kim Kyungyoung, the no.2 seed.

Play in the individual events concludes on Friday 29th June.

2018 United States Para Open: Results and Draws

Paralympics Para Table Tennis Anna-Carin Ahlqhuist Ingela Lundback