30 Aug 2018

Bronze medallist earlier this year in Slovenia, Thailand’s Wanchai Chaiwut was very much a player to attract the attention as play commenced in the wheelchair categories in the Men’s Singles events at the 2018 China Para Open in Beijing on Thursday 30th August.

Alongside Poland’s Tomasz Jakimczuk and the host nation duo of Guo Xingyuan and Zhao Ping, he was one of four players to upset the ranked order.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in Class 4, both Wanchai Chaiwut and Guo Xingyuan enjoyed notable successes; Wanchai Chaiwut accounted for China’s Zhang Yan, the no.2 seed (8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6), Guo Xingyuan overcame Poland’s Rafal Lis, the no.3 seed (11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9).

Both remained unbeaten to secure first places in their respective groups with Zhang Yan and Rafal Lis suffering no further setbacks. Thus they completed the opening day of action in second positions in their respective groups. Players finishing in winners and runners up positions advance, medal hopes remain alive.

Likewise in Class 1-2, Tomasz Jakimszuk was a player in form. He beat China’s Gao Yan Ming (14-12, 11-3, 11-7) to secure first place in the group; a feat that was also achieved by the latter’s colleague, Zhao Ping in Class 3. He overcame Sweden’s Carl Ohgren, the 4 seed (12-10, 11-4, 11-7).

Gao Yan Ming and Carl Ohgren both finished in second places and thus reserved places in the main draw.

Problems for notable names but not for the most notable of all in each group, the top seeds, it was success. Poland’s Rafal Czuper secured first place in his group in Class 1-2, as did the host nation’s Feng Panfeng in Class 3 and colleague Cao Ningning in Class 5. Likewise, Turkey’s Nesim Turan clinched pole position in his Class 4 group.

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

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