23 Mar 2019

Three titles were decided on Saturday 23rd March at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open in Muscat but the player centre stage was Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar.

Against the odds he booked a men's singles semi-final place.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Otherwise, the leading names progressed; significantly in the women’s events Japan made its presence felt.

Men’s Singles

…………after beating India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta, the no.5 seed (12-10, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10), at the quarter-final stage Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, the no.20 seed, caused an even bigger upset; he accounted for Chinese Taipei, Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.2 seed (14-12, 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6)

…………India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran continued to underline progress made in the past year; the no.5 seed, he beat Frenchman Emmanuel Lebesson, the no.7 seed (11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10), to book his place in the semi-final round

…………Sweden’s Mattias Falck, the top seed, beat Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan, the no.19 seed 11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9) to ensure progress to the penultimate round

…………Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Jun impressed; the no.3 seed, at the quarter-final stage the 17 year old beat Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia, the no.9 seed, in straight games (11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9)

Women’s Singles

…………Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the top seed, was stretched to the limit in her quarter-final encounter against Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto, the no.6 seed (3-11, 14-12, 4-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8)

…………winner in 2017, after beating Japanese colleague, Saki Shibata, the defending champion and no.4 seed (10-12, 11-6, 14-12, 11-9, 11-7); Hina Hayata, the no.9 seed, ousted Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, the no.5 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7).

…………in the quarter-final round, the defensive skills of Hitomi Sato, the no.3 seed, proved too secure for Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut, the no.8 seed (11-2, 8-11, 9-11, 11-0, 11-1, 11-8)

…………The progress of Belarus qualifier, Viktoria Pavlovich came to an end; at the quarter-final stage she beaten by Miu Hirano (11-2, 11-3, 11-6, 11-4). Thus Japan secured three of the four semi-final places

Men’s Doubles

…………Required to qualify, at the semi-final stage Russia’s Denis Ivonin and Vladimir Sidorenko beat Belgium’s Martin Allegro and Florent Lambiet, the no.2 seeds (11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-7). In the final they meet the top seeds, the Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting and Lin Yun-Ju; they booked their place in the final by ousting Japanese qualifiers, Takuya Jin and Mizuki Oikawa (13-11, 15-13, 14-12)

Women’s Doubles

…………An all Japanese final awaits; in the penultimate round Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato, the top seeds, beat Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut and Wu Yue of the United States, the no.3 seeds (11-8, 11-6, 11-9); Satsuki Odo and Saki Shibata, the no.2 seeds, overcame Russia’s Yana Noskova and Mariia Tailakova, the no.4 seeds (11-7, 11-6, 16-14).

Mixed Doubles

…………Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching, the top seeds, struck gold. In the final they beat qualifiers Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko and Mariia Tailakova (7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8)

Under 21 Men’s Singles

…………Vladimir Sidorenko beat Russian colleague Artur Abusev (6-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7) to secure his first such title

Under 21 Women’s Singles

…………Japan’s Satsuki Odo won the under 21 women’s singles title; in the final she beat India’s Archana Girish Kamath in three straight games (11-7, 11-8, 11-6)

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