31 Aug 2018

A debut in 2012 at the Mike Dempsey Memorial tournament in San Diego; Ian Seidenfeld of the United States emerged the player to cause the biggest upset on the opening day of play, Thursday 30th August, at the 2018 China Para Open Championships in Beijing.

The 17 year repeated the form of last year when he had struck gold in both Bayreuth and in El Prat de Llobregat; competing in Men’s Singles Class 6, he accounted for Germany’s Thomas Rau, the top seed in four games (12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Unbeaten and first place in the group was the end result for the teenager; for Thomas Rau it was his only defeat, thus he concluded matters in runners up spot and advanced to the main draw.

Success against the odds for Ian Seidenfeld, as play in the standing categories in the Men’s Singles event continued, it was the same for Poland’s Piotr Grudzien and Ukraine’s Maksym Nikolenko, as it was for the host nation’s Kong Weijie.

Competing in Class 8, Piotr Grudzien and Maksym Nikolenko, recorded respective wins against Sweden’s Emil Andersson, the no.4 seed (9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7) and China’s Ye Chao Qun, the no.5 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-9). Both Piotr Grudzien and Maksym Nikolenko secured first places; for Emil Andersson and Ye Chao Qun it was runners up spot and medal hopes still alive.

A notable win contrary to expectations for Piotr Grudzien; for colleague Igor Misztal, the no.2 seed in Class 10, it was the reverse scenario. He was beaten by Kong Weijie (12-10, 5-11, 14-12, 3-11, 11-4). Kong Weijie duly concluded matters in top spot with Igor Misztal, the next in line.

Upsets but other than for Thomas Rau, it was a day unbeaten for the top seeds in each of the Men’s Singles Standing Classes.

Always most competitive, Ukraine was very much to the fore; Mykhaylo Popov justified his top seeded position in Class 7 as did colleague, Viktor Didukh in Class 8. Likewise, favourites for gold, Russia’s Iurii Nozdrunov enjoyed a trouble free day in Class 9; a situation that applied also to China’s Lian Ho in Class 10 and to Frenchman, Lucas Creange in Class 11.

Play in all individual events concludes on Friday 31st August.

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