22 May 2019

A successful opening day, Wednesday 22nd May, for the very top names in the qualification stage at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Thailand Open in Bangkok; respectively, Abdel-Kader Salifou of France and India’s Selena Selvakumar booked places in the main draw of the men’s singles and women’s singles event.

Both progressed in style in competitions where the majority of decisions are yet to be made; players finishing in first and second positions in each group advance to the main draw. Rather differently in the under 21 men’s singles and under 21 women’s singles only first place sufficed.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Few problems for Abdel-Kader Salifou of France and India’s Selena Selvakumar but there were notable names who experienced problems.

Men’s Singles

…………Abdel-Kader Salifou emerged the only player to be assured of first place in his group.

…………Japan’s Asuka Machi and India’s Abhishek Yadav, the second and third highest ranked players on qualification duty experienced defeats. Asuka Machi lost to Singapore’s Beh Kun Ting (11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6), Abhishek Yadav was beaten by Korea Republic’s Park Gyeongtae.

Women’s Singles

…………Selena Selvakumar and colleague Sutirtha Mukherjee, in addition to Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee and Korea Republic’s Kim Yedam all concluded their group stage matches without defeat. Similarly, Japan’s Yuka Umemura and Ayami Narumoto achieved the same feat. Main draw places were reserved.

…………Korea Republic’s Dana Jung caused the most significant upset of the day; she beat Singapore’s Eunice Lim (9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4) the third highest rated player on qualification duty.

Under 21 Men’s Singles

…………The top two names in the group stage both experienced defeats. Germany’s Cedric Meissner lost to Korea Republic’s Kwak Yubin (11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6). Singapore’s Josh Chua Shao Han suffered at the hands of Belgium’s Adrien Rassenfosse (11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6). Both Kwak Yubin and Adrien Rassenfosse ended the day unbeaten and thus secured first places.

Under 21 Women’s Singles

…………Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan and Korea Republic’s Yoon Hyobin, the most prominent names on initial stage duty both made successful starts. Goi Rui Xuan beat Thailand’s Pakawan Karnthang (7-11, 11-3, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9); Yoon Hyobin accounted for Japan’s Mitsuho Kimura (11-9, 15-13, 11-6).

Challenge Series 2019 Seamaster Thailand Open Selena Selvakumar Abdel-Kader Salifou

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