08 Oct 2018

The top seeds very much in line for honours, China and Korea Republic to the fore; such was the situation when play concluded in the Men’s Singles wheelchair category events on Sunday 7th October, the second day of play at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Korea Republic’s Nam Kiwon, Cha Sooyong and Kim Younggun all enjoyed a trouble free day as did China’s Feng Panfeng and Cao Ningning.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Proceedings organised on a group basis; in Class 1, Nam Kiwon accounted for India’s Sandeep Dangi (11-3, 11-6, 11-5) and Chinese Taipei’s Chu Wei-Chung (11-6, 11-6, 11-7). He now faces Kuwait’s Hamed Latif in what is the title decider. Likewise Hamed Latif accounted Chu Wei-Chung (11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 12-10) and Sandeep Dangi (11-7, 11-2, 11-3).

Success for the Korea Republic in Class 1, it was the same in Class 2 where Cha Sooyong alongside colleague, Park Jin Cheol, the no.2 seed, remained unbeaten to top their respective groups and thus reserved semi-final places. In the one remaining group, China’s Cao Yanming, the no.3 seed, ended matters in first position; a quarter-final contest needed, he reserved his penultimate place by overcoming Macao’s Chu Cheng Lao (11-3, 11-4, 11-2).

Likewise in Class 4, the Korea Republic was very much in evidence, an event in which the top four seeds all secured semi-final places. Kim Younggun meets the host nation’s Adyos Astan, the no.4 seed; Kim Junggil, the no.2 seed and like Kim Younggun from Korea Republic opposes China’s Zhang Yan, the no.3 seed.

Korea Republic in evidence; in Class 3, China is very much in the limelight. The semi-finalists known, Feng Panfeng meets Hong Kong’s Ko Hang Yee: also from China, Guo Fei opposes Thailand’s Yuttajak Glinbanchuen, the no.2 seed.

Meanwhile in Class 5, it is a similar scenario. First places in the group for Cao Ningning and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yen-Hung, the no.2 seed; both booked semi-final places as a result of topping their respective groups. In the penultimate round Cao Ningning meets Korea Republic’s Kim Kiyoung, the no.3 seed, Cheng Ming-Chih opposes colleague Lin Yen-Hung.

Play in the individual events continues on Monday 8th October.

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