Tournaments

10 May 2019

The top seeds survived, at the close of play on Friday 10th May, the title hopes of the leading names on duty at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Slovenia Open in Otocec remained alive.

In the men’s singles Daniel Habesohn duly negotiated the opening two rounds, as in the counterpart women’s singles did Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz. It was no different in the men’s doubles. Brazil’s Eric Jouti and Gustavo Tsuboi booked a quarter-final place, a feat also achieved by Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Nam and Minnie Soo Wai Yam in the women's doubles.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Similarly, in the under 21 men’s singles, Austria’s Andreas Levenko progressed to the quarter-finals, in the under 21 women’s singles, Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki completed the same task.

However, there was no shortage of major upsets.

Men’s Singles

…………Croatia’s Wei Shihao caused the biggest upset of the day, in the opening round he beat Germany’s Ricardo Walther, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6), prior to ousting Swedish qualifier Truls Moregard (11-8, 11-2, 7-11, 16-14, 11-9).

…………Japan’s Takuya Jin excelled; he beat Panagiotis of Greece, the no.4 seed (11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5), before overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Peng Wang-Wei, the no.28 seed (11-5, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7) to reserve his third round place.

…………Maintaining his nerve, Masaki Yoshida caused the biggest second round surprise; by the narrowest of decisions he accounted for Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi, the no.3 seed (11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 8-11, 7-11, 13-11).

Women’s Singles

…………Poland’s Natalia Bajor hit form; in the opening round she beat Russia’s Yana Noskova, the no.8 seed (4-11, 11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4), before in the second round overcoming Pauline Chasselin of France, the no.27 seed (11-9, 11-13, 5-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-7)

…………Korea Republic’s 14 year old Shin Yubin shone. After beating Croatia’s Mateja Jeger, the no.22 seed (12-14, 118, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7), she ousted Wu Yue of the United States, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-9, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9).

…………Proving defensive players can succeed in the modern era; in the second round Japan’s 16 year old Yumeno Soma, the no.31 seed, accounted for Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Nam, the no.7 seed (11-2, 11-5, 11-1, 11-8).

Men’s Doubles

…………Hopes high but for the host nation it was a first round exit; Tilen Cvetko and Peter Hribar, the no.8 seeds suffered at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Huang Chien-Tu and Wang Tai-Wei (11-1, 11-8, 11-2).

Women’s Doubles

…………Hong Kong’s Liu Qi and Mak Tze Wing caused a major opening round upset; they beat Wu Yue and Lily Zhang of the United States, the no.3 seeds (11-7, 11-9, 11-5).

Under 21 Men’s Singles

…………Frenchman Bastien Rembert was the player to shine; the no.11 seed, he beat Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko, the no.3 seed (11-4, 11-8, 11-2) to reserve his quarter-final place.

Under 21 Women’s Singles

…………Russia’s Anastasia Kolish impressed; she recorded a straight games third round win in opposition to Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling (11-9, 11-6, 11-5): bronze medallist in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games mixed team event.

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