08 Oct 2018

Play in four categories contested on Sunday 7th October in the Men’s Singles standing events at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, it was very much a day of success for the principal names.

Notably, China’s Yan Shuo, Zhao Shuai and Zhao Yi Qing underlined the reasons why they occupy top seeded places as did the host nation’s David Jacobs.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in Class 7, Yan Shuo duly secured first place in his group before recording a quarter-final success against Indonesia’s Jason Georly (11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8). He now faces Japan’s Masachika Inoue, whilst in the opposite half of the draw, at the semi-final stage, Thailand’s Chalermpong Punpoo confronts Japan’s Katsuyoshi Yagi, the no.2 seed.

In the round of the last eight, Masachika Inoue beat Thailand’s Surlyone Thapaeng by very narrowest of margins, recovering from a two games to nil deficit (6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-2, 14-12); Chalermpong Punpoo overcame Japan’s Kazuya Kaneko (11-9, 11-3, 11-5), whilst Katsoyoshi Yagi ended the hopes of Iraq’s Saeed Al-Adilee (5-11, 11-4, 3-11, 12-10, 11-5).

Matters through to the later rounds in Class 7, in the remaining Men’s Singles Standing events on view on the first day of play, proceedings are in the early stages: the top seeds showing clear intent.

In Class 8, Zhao Shuai opened his account with success against Japan’s Arufuahirokazu Tateishi (11-7, 11-2, 11-5). Similarly, colleague Ye Chao Qun, the no.2 seed, accounted for Takumi Shukunobe (3-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-6).

Likewise in Class 9, the top two seeds enjoyed success in their opening contests. Zhao Yi Qing beat Indonesia’s Ivan Darmawan, recovering from a two games to nil deficit to win in a hard fought five games contest (7-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-1, 11-7); less dramatically, Japan’s Koyo Iwabuchi, the no.2 seed, opened his account with victory over Bendedicto Gaela of the Philippines (11-4, 11-9, 11-8).

Meanwhile, not to be upstaged, in Class 11 David Jacobs beat Korea Republic’s Jung Sukyoun to make the ideal start in his quest for honours; in a similar vein, China’s Lian Hao, the no.2 seed, prevailed against Malaysia’s Ahmed Syahir Mohamad Kamal Saupi (11-2, 11-9, 11-6).

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

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