Tournaments

25 May 2019

A semi-finalist in the first week of the month in Serbia; as the last week of the month approaches, at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Series Thailand Open in Bangkok Frenchman Andrea Landrieu was again very much the player in form.

On Saturday 25th May, he progressed in style to reach the penultimate round once again; a stage at which in the counterpart women’s singles event was dominated totally by Japan.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles and women’s doubles events the finalists were determined; in the under 21 men’s singles and under 21 women’s singles competitions, the champions were crowned.

Men’s Singles

…………The no.10 seed, Frenchman Andrea Landrieu caused the biggest upset; after overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng (8-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-7, 11-7), he accounted for Japan’s Kenta Matsudaira, the no.2 seed (11-5, 11-2, 11-8, 12-10).

…………Korea Republic’s Seo Hyundeok, absent in recent times from the international scene, underlined his undoubted talent; he ended the progress of Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw (11-5, 1012, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8), before ousting colleague, Cho Jaeun (11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7) to reserve his place in the semi-finals.

…………Yuta Tanaka, the no.13 seed, emerged from the precipice of defeat in the fifth game against Japanese colleague Mizuki Oikawa, the no.4 seed (11-8, 7-11, 12-14, 4-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-7), before recording a quarter-final success in opposition to Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tai-Wei (11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7).

…………Germany’s Ruwen Filus ended day the highest ranked player to reach the penultimate round but he almost came to grief. The no.3 seed, prior to overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Yeh Chih-Wei (11-5, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9), he had to recover from a three games to nil deficit against Abdel-Kader Salifou of France (11-5, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9).

…………In the penultimate round Seo Hyundeok faces Yuta Tanaka, Ruwen Filus confronts Andrea Landrieu.

Women’s Singles

…………Hitomi Sato, justified her top seeded position; she beat Korea Republic’s Yoon Hyobin (11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-2) and Japanese colleague Mitsuho Kimura (11-7, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4) to reserve her penultimate round place.

…………Honoka Hashimoto, the no.3 seed, broke Thai hearts; after overcoming compatriot Ayane Morita (11-7, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9), by the very narrowest of margins, she ousted Orawan Paranang, the no.14 seed (8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9).

…………Sakura Mori caused the biggest quarter-final surprise; following success against French teenager Camille Lutz, the no.7 seed, she overcame Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut, the no.4 seed (11-8, 11-5, 12-10, 11-5) and thus guaranteed an all Japanese semi-final line up.

…………Saki Shibata, the no.2 seed, made intentions clear; she accounted for Korea Republic’s Hwang Jina (12-10, 13-11, 11-6, 11-9) and colleague Ayami Narumoto (11-3, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-4) to reserve her semi-final place.

…………At the semi-final stage Hitomi Sato meets Honoka Hashimoto; Saki Shibata opposes Sakura Mori.

Men’s Doubles

…………Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin and Wang Tai-Wei, the no.8 seeds, meet Germany’s Ruwen Filus and Steffen Mengel, the no.5 seeds in the final.

…………At the semi-final stage Feng Yi-Hsin and Wang Tai-Wei beat Japan’s Mizuki Oikawa and Kohei Sambe, the no.6 seeds (11-6, 11-7, 12-14, 5-11, 11-4). Ruwen Filus and Steffen Mengel ended the hopes of the host nation. They overcame Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon, the no.3 seeds (11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-4)

Women’s Doubles

…………An all Japanese final awaits; qualifiers Ayane Morita and Yuka Umemura meet Satsuki Odo and Saki Shibata, the no.2 seeds.

…………In the penultimate round Ayane Morita and Yuka Umemura caused a major upset, they beat colleagues Hitomi Sato and Honoka Hashimoto, the top seeds (13-11, 6-11, 11-2, 12-10.

Under 21 Men’s Singles

…………Chinese Taipei’s Li Hsin-Yu, required to qualify, emerged successful. After overcoming Korea Republic’s Oh Minseo (13-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7), he accounted for Japan’s Masaki Takami (15-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7) to secure the title.

Under 21 Women’s Singles

…………Japan’s Yuka Umemura, the no.8 seed, accounted for 14 year old Prithika Pavade of France, qualifier (11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8) to secure the top prize. At the semi-final stage Yuka Umemura had beaten compatriot Maki Shiomi, the top seed (6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9).

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