by Ian Marshall, Editor
Furthermore, the win greatly enhances the possibility that she may gain a place in next month’s Grand Finals. She now occupies 16th position (329 points) replacing Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee (308 points) who departed proceedings in Linz in the qualification tournaments; her hopes of a Women’s Singles invitation are now over.
Success contrary to expectations for He Zhuoija, as matters commenced in the Women’s Singles event, it was the same for Romania’s Benadette Szocs; likewise, she caused Japan pain, in a full distance duel determined by the very narrowest of margins, she accounted for Hitomi Sato, the no.14 seed (12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10).
“I am very proud to be in the round of the last 16 but it was tough. I had problems with my muscles and had to use a protector on my arm. It was a marathon but I was focused, I fought until the end. I had nothing to lose, I was positive and now I have a good result!” Bernadette Szocs
Otherwise as play commenced it was success for the leading names; notably like He Zhoujia from China, there were wins for Zhu Yuling, Liu Shiwen, Chen Meng and Chen Xingtong. Zhu Yuling, the top seed, beat Romania’s Elizabeta Samara (12-10, 12-10, 11-13, 11-3, 11-9), Liu Shiwen, the no.3 seed, overcame Portugal’s Fu Yu (11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 11-1).
Similarly, Chen Meng accounted for DPR Korea’s Kim Song I (11-3, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4); Chen Xingtong ended the hopes of colleague Wu Yang, who unfortunately retired injured after the end of the third game (11-1, 11-8, 11-8, 11-1).
Meanwhile, Doo Hoi Kem beat Canada’s Zhang Mo (11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 13-11); Mima Ito accounted for Japanese colleague, Miyu Nagasaki (11-7, 1-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7) as the play in the early first round Women’s Singles matches came to a conclusion
The Women’s Singles second round matches will be played on Friday 9th November.