by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
On duty in the same event as Kelly Van Zon, Hamida Hamida, the no.2 seed, was beaten by Thailand’s Sumalee Suangtho (11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9), thus finishing in second place in the group.
Sumalee Suangtho duly remained unbeaten to top the group; for Hamida Hamida it was her only defeat, thus both players advanced to the semi-finals. In events where there are two stages, players finishing in first and second positions in the initial phase progress to the main draw.
The one other defeat of note in the Women’s Singles events was that experienced by Hong Kong’s Wong Pui Yi in Class 4-5. She secured first place in her group but experienced a semi-final defeat at the hands of Thailand’s Wassana Sringam (11-5, 11-3, 11-8). In the final Indonesia’s Tarsilem Tarsilem, the no.2 seed awaits; Wassana Sringam will be seeking revenge; in the group stage she was beaten by Tarsilem Tarsilem in four games (11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7).
Otherwise it was a successful opening day for the principal names.
In a group organised Class 2-3 event Thailand’s Pattaravadee Waraitdamrongkul remained unbeaten, as in Class 9 where there were two groups in the initial phase, did Korea’s Kim Kunhea and Thailand’s Chayanan Settisrikoedkun.
Likewise in Class 10, Indonesia’s Shella Radayana and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Tzu-Yu enjoyed a day without troubles; a situation that in Class 11 also applied to Ana Widyasari, also from Indonesia and to Hong Kong’s Ng Mui Wui.
Play in the individual events concludes in Monday 2nd July.
2018 Indonesia Para Open: Results and Draws