01 Jun 2019

The top seeds entered the arena on Saturday 1st June, at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum China Open in Shenzhen, in the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events, the host nation’s Fan Zhendong and Ding Ning both departed.

Equally the top seeds in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles events experienced defeats; perhaps more significantly so did the recently anointed men’s doubles world champions.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

However, two facts remained constant; China’s Ma Long is on track for a record 28th ITTF World Tour men’s singles title; Japan’s Mima Ito continues to be the biggest threat to Chinese female excellence.

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

…………Ma Long, the no.11 seed beat colleague Fan Zhendong, the top seed (11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 13-11) in the much awaited clash.

…………Lin Gaoyuan, the no.3 seed, withstood a spirited recovery by Chinese national team colleague, Liang Jingkun, the no.9 seed (11-9, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7).

…………Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed, kept Japanese hopes alive; he accounted for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting, the no.14 seed (11-7, 11-5, 11-3, 10-12, 12-10).

…………Xu Xin was in fast lane; the no.2 seed, the Chinese star beat Germany’s Timo Boll, the no.5 seed (11-4, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6).

Women’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

…………Japan’s Mima Ito, the no.7 seed, caused a sensation; she beat China’s Ding Ning, the top seed (7-11, 12-10, 18-16, 13-11, 11-9).

…………Reigning world champion Liu Shiwen, the no.5 seed, departed at the hands of colleague and defending champion Wang Manyu, the no.4 seed (11-6, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 13-11).

…………China’s Zhu Yuling, the no.2 seed, won a crucial second game to turn the tide against Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.8 seed (7-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5).

…………Cheng Meng, the no.3 seed, ended the adventures of Chinese national team colleague, Chen Xingtong, the no.14 seed (11-9, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7).

Men’s Doubles: Final

…………Required to qualify, German’s Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska beat China’s Ma Long and Wang Chuqin, the reigning world champions (11-8, 11-7, 11-5) to secure the title.

Women’s Doubles: Final

…………Qualifiers Gu Yuting and Liu Shiwen beat colleagues and top seeds, Wang Manyu and Zhu Yuling (11-7, 12-10, 11-9) to emerge the champions.

Mixed Doubles: Final

…………Winners earlier in the year at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Oman Plus Open, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching, the no.4 seeds, beat Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, the top seeds, in the title decider (10-12, 11-6, 11-1, 11-5).

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