08 Oct 2018

Gold four years ago in Incheon but as the group stage of the Women’s Singles Class 1-3 event at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta came to a close on Sunday 7th October, there was defeat for the Korea Republic’s Lee Migyu: she was beaten by China’s Li Qian, the no.2 seed (9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9).

Defeat but it was her only defeat. She finished in second place in her group and thus reserved a semi-final place.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the penultimate round Lee Migyu faces China’s Xu Juan, the top seed and gold medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; like Li Qian she remained unbeaten in her first stage group. Li Qian opposes Seo Suyeon, like Li Migyu from Korea Republic.

Success for China, likewise on the second day of action in the Women’s Singles events that were on view, China also enjoyed success in Class 4 and in Class 8. In the former Zhou Ying and Zhang Miao, the respective top two seeds, both remained unbeaten in the group stage to secure first places and a direct entries to the semi-finals.

Similarly in an event that comprised three groups, it was also first place without defeat for Thailand’s Wijittra Jaion, the no.3 seed; a quarter-final encounter required, she duly obliged, she beat India’s Bhavina Hasmukh Bhai Patel in three straight games (11-4, 11-6, 11-2) to reserve her penultimate round place.

The latter stages reached; in Class 8 matters have only just commenced. China’s Mao Jingdian, the top seed, made an ideal start to her campaign by beating East Timor’s Ines Oliveira (11-5, 11-3, 11-3); likewise, Josephine Medina from the Philippines, the no.2 seed, overcame Kazakhstan’s Balziya Tash (11-4, 11-1, 11-2). In a similar vein Indonesia’s Suwarti Suwarti, the no.3 seed, received a walk-over against Afghanistan’s Halima Hussaini.

Wins for the top three seeds in their opening contests but not for the fourth seed, the host nation’s Hamida Hamida was beaten by China’s Huang Wenjuan (11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the one further Women’s Singles event that saw action on the second day of play; in Class 11, an event that commenced with three groups, the semi-finalists are known. In the top half of the draw Indonesia’s Ana Widyasari faces Hong Kong’s Wong Ka Man, the no.3 seed and defending champion; in the lower half of the draw, also from Hong Kong, Ng Mui Wui confronts Korea Republic’s Seo Yanghee.

The individual events continue on Monday 8th October.

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