07 Jun 2019

Hopes alive on all five fronts at the start of the day, when the curtain closed on Friday 7th June at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open, the aspirations of the host association had evaporated.

It was a day when with one notable exception, the most prominent names progressed and Japan was very much in the thick of the action.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Most certainly it was value for money for all present in the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Men’s Singles

…………China’s Zhou Yu caused the biggest upset of the day, required to qualify, in the second round he beat Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin, the no.5 seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5).

…………Sweden’s Mattias Falck, the no.7 seed, ended the hopes Hong Kong; he accounted for Wong Chun Ting, the no.13 seed (11-5, 10-12, 11-13, 11-4, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9).

…………Leading Chinese players were in form. In round two Lin Gaoyuan beat colleague, Ma Te (11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9); Liang Jingkun, the no.3 seed, ousted Germany’s Benedikt Duda (5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7).

…………Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.2 seed, ended the adventures of Africa; he beat Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, the no.15 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8).

…………Germany’s Timo Boll, the no.4 seed, progressed to the last eight but he was severely tested. He needed the full seven games to beat Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura (7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7).

Women’s Singles

…………Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa was the biggest casualty, the top seed, in the second round she was beaten by Chinese qualifier, Wang Yidi (11-6, 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).

…………In round two, Japan’s Mima Ito and Miu Hirano responded, both beat Chinese qualifiers; Mima Ito, the no.2 seed, accounted for Sun Mingyang (11-5, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5), Miu Hirano, the no.4 seed, overcame Feng Yalan (11-4, 11-7, 15-13, 11-5).

…………Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.3 seed, also halted Chinese progress; in the second round she beat He Zhuoija, the no.12 seed (2-11, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8).

…………Austria’s Sofia Polcanova upset the seeding, kept European hopes alive and ended Hong Kong progress; in round two the no.14 seed, she overcame Doo Hoi Kem, the no.6 seed (11-5, 11-6, 11-3, 5-11, 11-7).

…………Suh Hyowon flew the flag for Korea Republic; the no.5 seed, in round two she accounted for Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, the no.13 seed (11-8, 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 13-11).

Men’s Doubles

…………China’s Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan, the no.5 seeds, booked their place in the final courtesy of success against Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting, the top seeds and defending champions (11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9).

…………Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon, the no.3 seeds, accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting and Lin Yun-Ju, the no.2 seeds (0-11, 11-5, 15-13, 13-11) to reserve their place in the title decider.

Women’s Doubles

…………Japan’s Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki recorded a quarter-final win against Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the top seeds (11-13, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9). However, there was to be no place in the final; in the penultimate round they were beaten by China’s Chen Ke and Mu Zi, the no.7 seeds (11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9).

…………Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yoo Eunchong, the no.4 seeds, ended the last remaining hopes of Hong Kong. At the semi-final stage they accounted for Ng Wing Nam and Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the no.2 seeds (5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7).

Mixed Doubles

…………Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching ended the hopes of Hong Kong. At the semi-final stage they recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, the top seeds (6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1, 11-5).

…………Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu and Choi Hyojoo, the no.6 seed, beat China’s Zhou Yu and Chen Xingtong (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10) to book their final reservation.

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