18 Jul 2019

Life in the fast lane, very much China’s leading names made their presence felt on the opening day of play, Thursday 18th July, at the T2 Diamond tournament in Johor Bahru.

Alongside Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting; Xu Xin, Lin Gaoyuan and Ma Long enjoyed success;. In the counterpart women’s singles contest so did Chen Meng, Wang Manyu and Sun Yingsha. However, there was a surprise name; that of Miyu Kato.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Innovative, matches best of seven games, each game to 11 points but no two point differential; any game in progress after 24 minutes is completed but all ensuing games are to five points.

In each of the men’s singles and women’s singles events, on the first day of play, four matches were completed.

Men’s Singles

…………Ma Long secured the opening three games in style against Frenchman, Simon Gauzy, before losing the fourth and recording five points in a row to seal victory (11-7, 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 5-0).

…………Xu Xin continued his recent run of form; he beat Dimitrij Ovtcharov (11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9).

…………Lin Gaoyuan recovered from an opening game deficit to beat colleague, Wang Chuqin (7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4).

…………Wong Chun Ting beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto in a tension packed contest; Wong Chun Ting lead 3-1 after 24 minutes of play (11-9, 6-11, 11-10, 11-5, 2-5, 5-3).

Women’s Singles

…………Miyu Kato caused a major upset; she led 3-1 against colleague Mima Ito when time was reached, lost the next two, before by the narrowest of margins securing the decider (4-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-4, 1-5, 1-5, 5-4).

…………Wang Manyu was in no mood for charity; she beat Austria’s Sofia Polcanova in straight games (12-10, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5).

…………Chen Meng led 3-1 against Doo Hoi Kem before the clock tolled (11-5, 12-10, 7-11, 11-2, 1-5, 11-3)

…………Sun Yingsha was in the fast lane against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu (11-6, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5).

T2Diamond Miyu Kato

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