17 Jul 2018

Quarter-final places at stake on Tuesday 17th July in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Shinhan Korea Open in Daejeon; matters very much went according to expectations.

The leading names imposed their authority on proceedings with Japanese teenagers very much attracting the attention.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Notably, Miyuu Kihara, the no.3 seed and only 13 years old, beat Hong Kong’s Zhu Chengzhu (11-6, 11-6, 11-6); one year older Satsuki Odo, the no.6 seed, defeated Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling, the no.15 seed (11-8, 11-8, 11-6), whilst Miyu Nagasaki, the no.2 seed, ended the hopes of compatriot Yumeno Soma, the no.12 seed (11-8, 11-4, 11-9).

Miyu Nagasaki is 16 years of age, Yumemo Soma a year younger.

Wins as predicted, it was very much the same in the remaining second round Under 21 Women’s Singles matches. Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the top seed and Belgium’s Lisa Lung, the no.8 seed, alongside Korea Republic’s Shin Yubin, the 7 seed, all overcame Indian adversaries.

Minnie Soo Wai beat Mouma Dutta, the no.14 seed (11-6, 14-12, 11-4), Lisa Lung accounted for Selena Selvakumar, the no.13 seed (11-2, 9-11, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7). Meanwhile, Shin Yubin ended the hopes of Archana Girish Kamath (11-4, 11-9, 15-13).

Problems for India; however there was one notable success. Ayhika Mukherjee, the no.14 seed, used her combination racket of short pimples and ant-spin rubber to good effect to bamboozle the host nation’s Kim Yealin (11-2, 11-3, 11-7). The end of the road for Lee Yearam, it was the same for colleague Ryu Hanna; the no.16 seed, she was beaten by Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chia-Hsuan, the no.5 seed (11-5, 13-11, 11-2).

At the quarter-final stage of the Under 21 Women’s Singles event, Minnie Soo Wai Yam meets Lisa Lung, Lin Chia-Hsuan opposes Ayikha Mukherjee; in the opposite half of the draw Miyu Kihara confronts Satsuki Odo, Shin Yubin plays Miyu Nagasaki.

The Under 21 Women’s Singles events will be played to a conclusion on Wednesday 18th July.

World Tour 2018 Seamaster Shinan Korea Open Miyu Nagasaki Miyuu Kihara Satsuki Odo

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