by Ian Marshall, Editor
Moreover, for France it was a watershed day
…………qualifiers departed in matches of contrasting natures. Qiu Dang, the no.12 seed, beat German compatriot, Steffen Mengel, by the narrowest of margins (11-4, 13-15, 11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10). Somewhat differently, Zhai Yujia, the no.26 seed, accounted for Romania’s Rares Sipos with the utmost efficiency (11-1, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9).
…………Zhai Yujia beat Germany’s Qiu Dang to secure the men’s singles title. Thus he becomes only the second player ever, representing Denmark, on either the ITTF World Tour or at an ITTF Challenge Series tournament to win a men’s singles event; the only other instance was in Aarhus in 2004 when Michael Maze succeeded.
…………semi-final mixed fortunes for qualifiers, Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yu-Wen lost to Miyu Kato, the top seed (11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4); conversely, Romania’s Adina Diaconu overcame Italy’s Li Xiang, the no.27 seed (5-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6).
…………in the title decider, Miyu Kato beat Adina Diaconu (5-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6) to win her second such ITTF Challenge Series title. Last year she won in Slovenia overcoming colleague, Sakura Mori in the final
…………Kilian Ort and Qiu Dang, the no.7 seeds, beat Chinese Taipei qualifiers Lee Chia-Sheng and Yang Heng-Wei to win the men’s doubles title (10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 17-15, 11-7). It is the second career ITTF Challenge Series men’s doubles title secured by Kilian Ort; last year partnering colleague Tobias Hippler he won in Bangkok
………… Stéphanie Loueillette and Yuan Jia Nan emerged the surprise winners; required to compete in the qualification tournament, they beat Poland’s Natalia Bajor and Natalia Partyka, the no.6 seeds (11-8, 11-5, 11-7) in the final. Success means they are only the second ever French pairing to win a women’s doubles title on either the ITTF World Tour or at an ITTF Challenge Series tournament and the only pair this century. The one previous success was in 1999 on the ITTF World Tour, Anne Boileau and Anne-Sophie Gourin won in Brazil