02 Nov 2018

Former champions, China’s Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling kept their hopes alive of once again enjoying success in Stockholm, by emerging successful at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open on the evening of Friday 2nd November.

Zhu Yuling, the top seed and winner in 2014, accounted for Japan’s Miyu Kato, a player had started her journey in the qualification tournament (11-8, 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 18-16); at the same time on the adjacent table, Chen Meng, the no.3 seed and victorious in 2017, overcame colleague Wang Manyu, the no.5 seed (11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

It was for Zhu Yuling a state of déjà vu; one year ago they had met at the same stage; on that occasion, Zhu Yuling had required the full seven games to beat Miyu Kato (11-9, 11-4, 12-14, 11-6, 10-12, 8-11, 11-4).

“Yes last year we played in the same round and I won four-three. Today I won four-one but it was really tough. It was a pity that I lost the fourth game. I was willing myself to win but maybe I was not so focused. The fifth game was really tough; Miyu Kato just would not give up. All I could do was just keep trying my best.” Zhu Yuling

Hard earned success, it was the same for Cheng Meng in opposition to Wang Manyu who, earlier in the day had prevailred in a gruelling full distance seven games contest against the defensive skills of Japan’s Hitomi Sato.

“I think one reason I was able to win was because of Wang Manyu’s physical condition; earlier in the day she had also played two doubles matches. I lost the second game even though I led 5-0; I made small errors, little mistakes and those mistakes cost me. Tomorrow I will pay attention to those details.” Chen Meng

At the semi-final stage Chen Meng meets Zhu Yuling. In the opposite half the draw the quarter-finalists have yet to be decided. China confronts Japan, Liu Shiwen, the no.2 seed, plays Mima Ito, the no.7 seed, Ding Ning, the no.6 seed, opposes Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.4 seed.

Both the remaining quarter-final matches and the semi-finals will be played on Saturday 3rd November.

World Tour 2018 Seamaster Swedish Open Chen Meng Zhu Yuling Wang Manyu Miyu Kato

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