22 Dec 2018

A first round exit and no place in the main draw respectively for Lim Hangsueng and Jang Yeongjin in Men’s Singles Class 3 at the 2018 Thailand Para Open in Chiang Mai; later in Men’s Team Class 1-3, the Korea Republic duo emerged the surprise partnership.

The third highest rated in their initial phase group, on Friday 21st December, they concluded matters in top spot; furthermore, they did not surrender a single game, in all three contests, two-nil victory margins were the order the day.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After accounting for the Russian trio comprising Vladimir Toporkov, Evgenii Riazantcev and Rail Galiakberov, the no.2 seeds, they maintained their splendid form.

They overcame Japan’s Misuhiro Matsuo and Naoki Hosoya before cementing first place by defeating the formation of the host nation’s Natthawut Thinathet and Thirayu Chueawong, who joined forces with India’s Sandeep Dangi. Vladimir Toporkov, Evgenii Riazantcev and Rail Galiakberov duly finished in second place and thus advanced to the main draw.

Problems for the second seeds in Class 1-3; for the top seeds, the host nation trio formed by Yuttajak Glinbanchuen, Anurak Laowong and Aittaya Wichaiwattana, there were no such problems. They finished in first place, recording two-nil wins in each fixture, ahead of Japan’s Tsuyoshi Watanabe and Yuichiro Kitagawa.

Likewise in the remaining Men’s Team wheelchair categories, the leading outfits enjoyed success on the penultimate day of action in Chiang Mai.

In a group organized event, in Class 4 the partnership formed by Korea Republic’s Lee Kyeonghun alongside Thailand’s Wanchai Chaiwut and Niyom Nachai emerged unscathed as did the Iraqi combination of Muntadher Al Sarraji and Abbas Sarheed Khudhair.

Similarly, in Class 5, where there two groups in the initial stage, the Japanese trio of Toshihiko Oka, Kentaro Doi and Toru Nakamoto, the top seeds, remained unbeaten to secure first place as did the no.2 seeds, the formation of Gerardud Van Grunsven and Iraq’s Adel Khalid Challab.

Play in Chang Mai at the 2018 Thailand Para Open concludes on Saturday 22nd December.

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