Tournaments

09 Jul 2019

A day when celebrated names entered the arena, on Tuesday 9th July at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Platinum Australian Open in Geelong, it was a day when celebrated departed the arena.

Notably the men’s singles finalists of two years ago, when in the Gold Coast Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus beat Frenchman Simon Gauzy to claim the title, both departed; similarly Japan’s Hina Hayata, winner this year at three Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Series tournaments bid farewell in the women’s singles event.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the state of Victoria, it was a day that will live long in the memory.

Men’s Singles: Preliminary Round Two

…………Vladimir Samsonov was beaten by Korea Republic’s Cho Seungmin (9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5).

…………Simon Gauzy lost to China’s Zhou Kai (14-12, 4-11, 6-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9).

.…………Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar enjoying the best year of his career, notably reaching the fourth round at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships, was beaten by China’s Xu Chenhao (11-6, 3-11, 12-14, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6).

…………Semi-finalist two days ago on home soil in Busan, Jeoung Youngsik experienced a scare; he was extended the full seven games distance by colleague Kim Minyeok (8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9).

…………Chinese Taipei’s Wong Chun Ting, the leading name on qualification duty, progressed. He accounted for Frenchman, Tristan Flore (11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8).

Women’s Singles: Preliminary Round Two

…………China’s Li Jiayi caused the biggest upset, she accounted for Hina Hayata (11-4, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7).

…………Presently listed at no.122 on the women’s world rankings, also from China, Sun Mingyang beat Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettbut, listed at n.34 (11-1, 11-3, 11-9, 11-8).

…………Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee, the leading name in duty, accounted for colleague Yoo Eunchong (11-5, 13-11, 11-7, 11-8).

…………Winner last month in Japan, China’s Sun Yingsha beat colleague Yang Huijing (11-9, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3).

…………China’s Liu Weishan impressed, she beat former ITTF World Tour winner, Singapore’s Yu Mengyu (11-9, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5).

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