Tournaments

15 Jun 2019

Qualifiers, Sun Wen and Sun Yingsha shone brightly in Sapporo on Saturday 15th June, at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open.

A first ITTF World Tour appearance, Sun Wen put illustrious Chinese national team colleagues in the guise of Ma Long and Fan Zhendong in the shade. Meanwhile, Sun Yingsha turned up the heat to remain on course to repeat her feat of two years ago when she started life in the qualification tournament and won the women’s singles event.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

We look forward to SUNday.

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

…………Sun Wen beat colleague Liang Jingkun, the no.6 seed (11-6, 13-11, 2-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7).

…………Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, the no.16 seed, displayed immense control to overcame Brazil’s Hugo Calderano, the no.7 seed (13-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10) and thus booked his place in his first ever ITTF World Tour men’s singles semi-final.

…………Fan Zhendong won the battle of the titans; the top seed he accounted for Ma Long, the no.5 seed, in five games (14-12, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5).

…………Xu Xin, the no.3 seed, was in no mood for charity; he ended the hopes of Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin, the no.8 seed, in straight games (11-5, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5).

Women’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

…………Sun Yingsha continued her journey; she beat colleague Wang Manyu, the no.3 seed (11-2, 12-10, 11-4, 11-9).

…………Chen Meng survived the most severe challenge; the no.2 seed, she eventually overcame Chinese national team colleague and qualifier, Gu Yuting in seven games (11-2, 12-10, 11-4, 11-9).

…………Liu Shiwen underlined the reasons why she is the world champion; the no.4 seed, she ended the hopes of Liu Fei, also from China, in five games (11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-1, 11-5).

…………Miu Hirano, the no.9 seed, booked her place in the penultimate round; she accounted for Japanese colleague, Hitomi Sato, the no.14 seed (12-10, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8).

Men’s Doubles: Semi-Finals

…………Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.6 seeds, beat colleagues Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan, the no.3 seeds (11-5, 11-8, 11-5) to book their place in the final.

…………Once again the 2013 World champions fell short, never present in an ITTF World Tour men’s doubles final, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.4 seeds, lost to Germany’s Benedikt Duda and Qiu Dang (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-1).

Women’s Doubles: Semi-Finals

…………Japanese teenagers Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki once again impressed; the no.8 seeds, they extended Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, the top seeds, the full five games (9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6), before experiencing defeat.

…………Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen, the no.5 seeds, asserted their authority; they accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tzu, the no.6 seeds in four games (11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6).

Mixed Doubles: Final

…………After accounting for Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching, the no.4 seeds (11-6, 11-7, 11-4), Xu Xin and Zhu Yuling, the no.5 seeds, beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata (12-10, 11-6, 11-5) to claim the top prize.

…………The win means Xu Xin is on course for three titles.

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