25 Aug 2018

Success at the semi-final stage of the Women’s Singles event on the evening of Saturday 25th August at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Czech Open in Olomouc, marked the seventh match of the campaign for China’s Wen Jia, since she had started her journey in the qualification tournament.

She beat colleague Wu Yang, also a qualifier, in a contest that was a total anti-climax, Wu Yang retiring injured after the end of the third game (8-11, 11-4, 11-6, w/o). It was the exact opposite of the preceding quarter-final contest, in that engagement she had saved seven match points in the sixth game against Japan’s Mima Ito, the no.2 seed and defending champion, before emerging victorious (4-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 7-11, 13-11, 11-7).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Defeat for one defending champion from the Land of the Rising Sun and as the day came to a close there was defeat for another.

Winner of the Men’s Singles title one year ago, Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.2 seed, after recording a quarter-final success in opposition to Germany’s Patrick Franziska, the no.9 seed (2-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8), was beaten by Portugal’s Marcos Freitas, the no.4 seed and champion four years ago (11-5, 1-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6).

Awaiting Marcos Freitas in the final is China’s Zheng Peifeng, a player with no current world ranking owing to an absence in recent times from the international scene.

Similar to Marcos Freitas, he caused Germany pain, at the quarter-final stage, he beat Bastian Steger, the no.13 seed (11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4), before overcoming the man in form. He ousted England’s Liam Pitchford, also a qualifier, in five games (11-8, 11-7, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9); notably one round earlier Liam Pitchford had also taken a liking to Germany, he had ended the hopes of Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the top seed (13-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the final of the Women’s Singles event, the opponent for Wen Jia is Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the top seed and one year ago the runner up. At the quarter-final stage she halted the adventures of Puerto Rican qualifier, Adriana Diaz (12-14, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5), prior to overcoming, colleague, Saki Shibata, the no.7 seed (11-7, 12-10, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6).

The finals of all events will be played the afternoon of Sunday 26th August

World Tour 2018 Seamaster Czech Open Mima Ito Tomokazu Harimoto Kasumi Ishikawa Liam Pitchford Saki Shibata Marcos Freitas Wen Jia Zheng Peifeng

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