Tournaments

26 Oct 2018

Places on the podium when the Women’s Doubles event concludes at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Belgium Open in De Haan, such hopes remained alive for the leading pairs after the opening round of proceedings on the morning of Friday 26th October.

However, there were casualties. The French pairing of Laura Gasnier and Audrey Zarif upset the seeding, as did the formation of the Czech Republic's Dana Cechova and Britt Eerland of the Netherlands; similarly there was success contrary to expectations for Austria's Karoline Mischek and Amelie Solja.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Laura Gasnier and Audrey Zarif accounted for the formation of Slovenia’s Alex Galic and Switzerland’s Rachel Moret, the no.5 seeds; at the same time Dana Cechova and Britt Eerland ended the hopes of the host nation. They overcame, Margo Degraef and Lisa Lung, the no.8 seeds (8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4).

Likewise, Karoline Mischek and Amelie Solja overcame Oceane Guisnel and Stéphanie Loeueillette, the no.6 seeds (11-6, 11-5, 13-11).

Otherwise, it was success for the leading pairings as quarter-final places were reserved.

Notably, Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota, the top seeds, beat China’s Gu Tingting and Ma Ruija (11-8, 11-4, 12-10); Luxembourg’s Sarah De Nutte and Ni Xia Lian, the no.2 seeds, overcame Pauline Chasselin and Marie Migot, like Laura Gasnier and Audrey Zarif from France (12-10, 11-5, 11-3).

In a similar vein, India’s Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath, the no.3 seeds, emerged successful in opposition to Hong Kong’s Li Ching Wan and Zhu Chengzhu (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8); Japan’s Satsuki Odo and Saki Shibata, the no.4 seeds, ended any aspirations held by Croatia’s relatively new partnership of Mateja Jeger and Sun Jiayi (12-10, 11-7, 11-6).

Similarly, it was defeat for South America; Chile’s Judith Morales and Paulina Vega departed proceedings, losing to Hungary’s Bernadett Balint and Dora Madarasz, the no.7 seeds (11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4).

The quarter and semi-finals will be played later in the day.

Challenge Series 2018 Belgium Open Britt Eerland Audrey Zarif Dana Cechova Laura Gasnier
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