05 Jun 2019

Places in the main draw decided, surprise names progressed, it was only to be expected, the level of competition intense on the concluding day of qualification, Wednesday 5th June, at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open.

Consider the top dozen or so names in each of the men’s and women’s singles events, there was little to choose.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Close contests were the order of play, on a day when a Grand Finals winner and European champion departed.

Men’s Singles

…………Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, the 2002 Grand Finals winner, was the biggest name to fall; he was beaten in the second preliminary round by Germany’s Qiu Dang (11-6, 15-13, 11-4, 11-8). Qiu Dang maintained his form to beat Frenchmen Can Akkuzu (5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9).

…………Sweden’s Truls Moregard, only 17 years old, was the player of the day. He beat Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia (11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-4) and Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu (13-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-2, 1-11, 11-7).

…………Surprise winner one year ago, Japan’s Kazuhiro Yoshimura kept his title retention hopes alive; he beat the Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek in six games (11-6, 12-10, 2-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8) to reserve his main draw place.

…………Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar continued his good run of form; he beat another player in form, Slovakia’s Lubomir Pistej (11-3, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3) to reserve his spot in the next stage.

…………England’s Paul Drinkhall won the match of the day, he beat Japan’s Masataka Morizono in a titanic contest (11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11, 8-11, 15-13) but there was not to be a place in the main draw. In the concluding preliminary round he was beaten by China’s Zheng Peifeng (11-9, 14-12, 11-7, 12-10).

Women’s Singles

…………The leading names booked main draw places, in the concluding preliminary round Japan’s Miyu Kato beat Luxembourg’s Ni Xia Lian (11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 11-5); Canada’s Zhang Mo accounted for Austria’s Karoline Mischek (11-8, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4).

…………Russia’s Yana Noskova performed the recovery of the day, she fought back from three games to nil in arrears to beat Romania’s Elizabeta Samara, the 2015 European champion (12-14, 9-11, 8-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9).

…………Minnie Soo Wai Yam flew the flag for Hong Kong, she reserved her main draw place courtesy of success against Korea Republic’s Choi Hyojoo (11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9).

…………China’s Mu Zi ended the progress of one of Europe’s brightest hopes, she beat Hungary’s Georgina Pota, the recent winner at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Slovenia Open.

…………Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu ended the hopes of Manika Batra, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion (11-3, 7-11, 11-2, 4-11, 16-11, 11-8).

Men’s Doubles

…………Sweden’s new combination of Kristian Karlsson and Jon Persson maintained their impressive form as a partnership; they booked their main draw places courtesy of success against the more experienced Russian duo of Alexey Liventsov and Mikhail Paikov (9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7).

Women’s Doubles

…………Japan’s teenagers, Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki continued their winning ways; they progressed to the main draw courtesy of success against Romania’s Daniela Monteiro-Dodean and Elizabeta Samara (12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-4), the 2009 and 2012 European champions.

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