Tournaments

23 Mar 2019

Surprises abounded in the men’s singles event on Friday 22nd March at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open in Guadalajara; at the end of the day, of the top ten names only three in the guise of Germany’s Ruwen Filus, Belgium’s Robin Devos and Argentina’s Horacio Cifuentes remained.

In the counterpart women’s singles event, the carnage was less but of the top eight names only four progressed to the third round.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Wherever you looked, there were performances to catch the eye; notable names departing.

Men’s Singles

…………Denmark’s Zhai Yujia caused the biggest upset; the no.26 seed, in the second round he beat Austria’s Robert Gardos, the no.2 seed and last year the runner up (11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 3-11, 11-7)

…………Romania’s Rares Sipos was very much a player in form; a qualifier he beat Brazil’s Eric Jouti, the no.3 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9), before overcoming Japan’s Kohei Sambe, the no.27 seed (10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 12-14, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8)

…………a successful day for Germany, all qualifiers, Steffen Mengel, Kilian Ort and Dennis Klein all progressed to round three

Women’s Singles

…………Yuan Ji Nan of France caused the biggest upset; in the second round she beat the Czech Republic’s Hana Matelova, the no.4 seed (11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 12-14, 11-6, 12-10)

…………Liu Xin flew the flag for Spain; a qualifier, she accounted for Colombia’s Paula Medina, the no.24 seed, to secure a third round place (12-10, 11-3, 11-3, 11-6)

…………the top names progressed; Japan’s Miyu Kato booked her third round place by beating Italy’s Giorgia Piccolin, the no.21 seed in straight games (11-6, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7); Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz, the no.2 seed, followed suit by in a more exacting manner. She needed to full seven games to beat Germany’s Chantal Mantz (11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6).

Men’s Doubles

…………Japan’s Tomoya Fujimura and Yusuke Sadamatsu caused a major upset; in the opening round they beat the French pairing of Alexandre Robinot and Joe Seyfried, the no.4 seeds (11-9, 13-11, 11-3)
Women’s Doubles

Women’s Doubles

…………Germany’s Chantal Mantz and Wan Yuan provided the performance of the opening round; they accounted for Luxembourg’s Sara de Nutte and Daniela Konsbruck, the no.3 seeds (11-4, 11-6, 11-9)

Under 21 Men’s Singles

…………Required to qualify, Frenchman Jules Rolland, Italy’s Gabriele Picuilin, Argentina’s Francisco Sanchi and Portugal’s José Pedro Francisco all reserved quarter-final places

Under 21 Women’s Singles

…………Spain’s Anna Garcia emerged the one surprise quarter-finalist; she booked her place by overcoming Austria’s Karoline Mischek, the no.7 seed (6-11, 14-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8)

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