by Ian Marshall, ITTF Editor
Noshad Alamiyan was beaten by DPR Korea’s An Ji Song (8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 1-11, 11-6, 11-4), who earlier in the day in his opening contest had accounted for Ecuador’s Alberto Miño (11-7, 8-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7); thus first place in the group is secured.
The end of the road for Noshad Alamiyan, for younger brother there is a ray of light. He was experienced defeat at the hands of the Korea’s Republic’s Choi Deokhwa in his opening encounter in six games (9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4, 11-6). However, in his first match of the day, Choi Deokhwa had lost to India’s Amalraj Anthony by a similar six games margin (11-9, 11-3, 10-12, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6).
In order to top the group, Nima Alamiyan must beat Amalraj Anthony in five games or better, six games and it’s points ratio; anything else and farewell.
Always competitive, Noshad Alamiyan and Nima Alamian attract the attention wherever they play, they always give total commitment; on the opening day of play one other player also attracted the attention, simply because of what he has achieved and his mercurial character.
China’s Zhang Jike overcame Korea’s Republic’s Kim Byunghyeon in his opening encounter (11-2, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4. 11-8).
“I thought overall I played well, even though we played in the second hall. We normally practise in the main hall and there are some differences. Every match now is new to me as I am not familiar with my opponents. I just need to prepare well for my matches tomorrow.” Zhang Jike
Play in the qualification tournament concludes on Wednesday 18th July.