14 Aug 2018

Currently listed in second spot on the ITTF World Junior Boys’ Standings, one place behind colleague, Yu Heyi; China’s Xu Haidong emerged the one surprise name to reach the quarter-final round of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Asarel Bulgaria Open in Panagyurishte on Tuesday 14th August.

The winner at both Italian and Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Opens, the 18 year old pen-holder responded when moving one grade higher.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After narrowly beating Poland’s Tomasz Kotowski, the no.16 seed in five games (9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6), he accounted for Romania’s Cristian Pletea, the no.3 seed and a player of the same age, in four games (7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7) to reserve his place in the last eight.

Defeat for Cristian Pletea but he was the only casualty in the opening rounds of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event; however, there were close calls for Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic, the no.2 seed and for Aliaksandr Khanin of Belarus, the no.5 seed. Darko Jorgic proved the nemesis of Germany but he needed the full five games to beat Gerritt Engemann, the no.30 seed (4-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9), prior to rather less dramatically ousting Nils Hohmeier, the no.2 seed (11-6, 11-5, 11-8).

Similarly, after accounting for Korea Republic’s Baek Hogyun, the no.29 seed, in four games (11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-8), Aliaksandr Khanin had to recover from a two games to nil deficit to end overcome the Czech Republic’s Jiri Martinko, the no.11 seed (8-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7).

Otherwise, for the leading names it was an advance to the round of the last eight without alarm. Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, the top seed, enjoyed comfortable progress as did Austria’s Andreas Levenko and Denmark’s Anders Lind, in addition to the Polish duo of Marek Badowski and Patryk Zatowka.

At the quarter-final stage Lin Yun-Ju meets Aliaksandr Khanin, Anders Lind opposes Andreas Levenko; in the opposite half of the draw, it is Xu Haidong versus Patryk Zatowka, Marek Badowski in opposition to Darko Jorgic.

The Under 21 Men’s Singles event will be played to a conclusion on Wednesday 15th August.

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