17 Jul 2018

Gold medallist last year in Belgium when he beat Hong Kong’s Ng Pak Nam in the final, Japan’s Shunsuke Togami repeated the feat at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Shinhan Korea Open in Daejeon on Tuesday 17th July.

Once again in the Under 21 Men’s Singles event, only this time in the second round, Shunsuke Togami, the no.9 seed, beat Ng Pak Nam, the no.3 seed (11-8, 11-6, 11-3) as Japan enjoyed success after success.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In addition, colleague Kakeru Sone, the no.21 seed, accounted for India’s Rohit Bhanja, the no. 15 seed (12-10, 11-6, 11-6); Yukiya Yuda, the no.11 seed, ousted Korea Republic’s Cho Daeseong, the no.6 seed (9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3). Likewise, Kohei Sambe, the no.14 seed, also upset the order of merit by emerging successful in the all Japanese duel. He prevailed against Koyo Kanamitsu (7-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9).

Wins contrary to status, conversely as expected, Yuta Tanaka, the no.8 seed, overcame Manav Thakkar, the no.10 seed and like Ronit Bhanja from India (5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7); Yuto Kizukuri, the top seed, beat Belgium’s Florian Cnudde, the no.12 seed (11-6, 11-5, 11-9), Mizuki Oikawa, the no.2 seed, ended the hopes of Chinese Taipei’s Lai Chi-Chen (11-9, 11-6, 11-5).

Overall seven Japanese players through to the Under 21 Men’s Singles quarter-finals; the one exception was Masaki Takami; he experienced a second round defeat at the hands of DPR Korea’s Ham Yu Song (7-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8).

Seeking semi-final places, in the round of the last eight, Yuto Kizukuri meets Ham Yu Song, Yuta Tanaka plays Kakaru Sone. In the opposite half of the draw, it is Shunsuke Togami versus Kohei Sambe, Yukiya Uda in opposition to Mizuki Oikawa.

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

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