09 Oct 2018

Outstanding at the Asian Para Championships in 2015 in Amman and two years later in Beijing, China’s Yan Shuo won the first event to be decided in the Men’s Singles standing categories at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

On Monday 8th October, he emerged successful in Class 7.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The top seed, on the third day of play he accounted for Japan’s Masachika Inoue (11-5, 3-11, 11-6, 11-5) and Thailand’s Chalermpong Punpoo, the no.3 seed (11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 13-15, 11-8) to arrest the title.

Notably in the counterpart semi-final, Chalermpong Punpoo had recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Japan’s Katsuyoshi Yagi, the no.2 seed (9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6).

Success for the top seed; in the remaining events in the Men’s Singles standing classes as the group matches concluded, the leading names enjoyed success.

In Class 6, two groups in the initial phase, Thailand’s Rungroj Thainiyom and Korea Republic’s Park Hongkyu both remained unbeaten to book main draw places. Likewise, in Class 8 with four groups in action, China’s Zhao Shuai and Ye Chaoqun alongside Thailand’s Phisit Wangphonphatnanasiri and Chinese Taipei’s Hu Ming-Fu secured first places as status advised.

In a similar manner in Class 9, according to seeding China’s Zhao Yi Qing, Japan’s Koyo Iwabuchi and Hong Kong’s Wong Chi Yan, remained unbeaten to secure first positions in their respective groups. Somewhat conversely, Nobuyuki Suzuki, the no.4 seed, experienced defeat at the hands of Malaysia’s Chee Chao Ming (11-7, 5-11, 13-11, 11-7) and had to settle for runners up spot. Chee Chao Ming duly remained unbeaten to top the group.

Meanwhile, in Class 10, an event that also witnessed four groups in the opening stage, it was pole position for the top names. The host nation’s David Jacobs, the top seed, concluded his itinerary at the head of the list, as did China’s Lian Hao and Kong Wejie alongside Malaysia’s Mohamad Azwar Bakar.

Problems few and far between, for the leading names; it was the same in Class 11: three groups, Korea’s Kim Gitae and Jeong Kyuyoung secured first places in their groups, as did Japan’s Takashi Takeda.

Play in the individual events concludes on Tuesday 9th October.

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