14 Nov 2018

Success contrary to expectations for Darya Kisel, the opposite for Marharyta Baltushite but there is one common factor for both host nation players; they will need fortune to smile if they are to gain main draw places in the Women’s Singles event at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Belgosstrakh Belarus Open in Minsk.

There are five “Lucky Losers” places available for players who finish in second places in their respective groups; following differing fortunes that is the best option available. The one player from Belarus, following the conclusion of play Tuesday 13th November, who can gain top position is Katsiaryna Baravok, for all other Belarus contenders, third place is the lot.

by Ian Marshall, Editor,

Katsiaryna Baravok received a walk-over when due to face the Czech Republic’s Zdena Blaskova; for Marharyta Baltushite it was defeat at the hands of China’s Nian Shiyao (11-6, 10-12, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5), who earlier in the day had beaten Russia’s Olga Kulikova 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 14-12, 11-9) and is thus assured first place in the group.

“I was all set to win in this game. Although I’d never played against Baltushite, I made preparations before the match and knew what to expect.” Nian Shiyao

Defeat for Marharyta Baltushite; it was success for Darya Kisel but all too late. She overcame Aneta Kucerova, like Adena Blaskova from the Czech Republic and the highest rated player in the group (12-10, 2-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8) but in her opening match she had experienced defeat at the hands of Korea Republic’s Kim Mingyung (11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2).

“Patience and skill were the keys to success in this match. I played well in defence and tried not to make mistakes when I attacked. In the final game I did my best with my defence and it worked.” Darya Kisel

Top place in the group secured for Nian Shiyao, likewise against the odds, first place was gained by colleague He Alge, as well as by Korea Republic’s Kang Gayun, Lee Yeongeun and Yu Sora. Similarly, Japan’s Miku Izumo concluded her first phase matches on top spot.

Meanwhile, for the leading names on first day duty it was success; Italy’s Chiara Colantoni, Japan’s Yumeno Soma and Russia’s Valeria Shcherbatykh all ended the day with the record of one match played, one match won; a situation that applied also to Croatia’s Sun Jiayi.

The qualification tournament concludes on Wednesday 14th November.

Challenge Series 2018 Belarus Open Marharyta Baltushite Darya Kisel

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