26 Oct 2018

The name of the country to secure gold is yet to be decided but the one fact is assured in the Men’s Doubles event at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Belgium Open in the Flanders coastal resort of De Haan; a partnership that was required to compete in the preliminary stage will reserve the top step of the podium.

Following proceedings on the penultimate day of play, Friday 26th October, Japan’s Kakeru Sone and Yuta Tanaka booked their place in the final alongside the Korea Republic’s An Jaehyun and Cho Seungmin.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A quarter-final win against Germany’s Benedikt Duda and Qiu Dang, the no.7 seeds (11-4, 14-12, 9-11, 11-8), An Jaehyun and Cho Seungmin reserved their place in the final by emerging successful in the penultimate round in a most emphatic manner; they accounted for the Indian partnership of Amalraj Anthony and Sanil Shetty, the no.3 seeds, in three straight games (11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

Success in convincing style, for Kakeru Sone and Yuta Tanaka life was more exacting; at the both the quarter and semi-final stages they were extended the full five games distance by Latin American partnerships.

They beat Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy and Eric Jouti, the no.6 seeds (11-9, 2-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7), before, in the semi-final, overcoming fellow qualifiers, the combination formed by Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre and Mexico’s Marcos Madrid (11-9, 11-8, 2-11, 9-11, 11-7).

Both Marcelo Aguirre and Marcos Madrid are taking their respective countries to new levels in the sport of table tennis; a fact they demonstrated in the quarter-final round when they ended the hopes of the host nation. They beat Robin Devos and Cédric Nuytinck, the top seeds and winners on the ITTF World Tour in 2015 in the Philippines, in four games (5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 13-11).

Play in De Haan concludes on Saturday 27th October.

Challenge Series 2018 Belgium Open Cho Seungmin An Jaehyun Kakeru Sone. Yuta Tanaka

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