28 Jul 2019

Follow the action from Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Pyongyang Open with the main draw officially commencing on Friday 26th July:

 Pyon Song Gyong and Cha Su Yong to meet for title

Under 21 Women’s Singles: Semifinals

In the race for Under 21 women’s singles glory it is Pyon Song Gyong and Cha Su Yong who will meet face-to-face at the final hurdle.

Requiring just three games to get the job done Pyon proved too strong for fellow compatriot Pak Su Gyong in their semifinal encounter (11-5, 11-6, 11-4). Cha was forced to recover from a game down on her way to victory over Kim Un Song (8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5).

Top prize reserved for Chinese Taipei

Under 21 Men’s Singles: Semifinals

The Under 21 men’s singles trophy will be lifted by a player representing Chinese Taipei following successful semifinal outings for Feng Yi-Hsin and Huang Yan-Cheng.

Pushed right down to the wire, Feng held his nerve to see off DPR Korea’s Ham Yu Song in a full distance affair (11-8, 13-15, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6) but Huang enjoyed a much more straightforward time on the table dropping a combined total of eight points against another host nation competitor in the form of Jon Hyo Jung (11-2, 11-3, 11-3).

Just one more step to go for Huang Yan-Cheng (Photo: courtesy of Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus DPR Korea Open)
Second seed sails into round two

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

One of the big contenders for women’s singles gold, second seed Cha Hyo Sim is through to the quarter-finals in Pyongyang following a convincing opening round victory over Ju Hyang Hui (11-5, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6).

In the other fixtures to involve two host nation players going head-to-head Pyon Song Gyong, seeded sixth, accounted for Choe Hyon Hwa (11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9) while qualifier Ri Hyon Sim toppled no.10 seed Cha Su Yong (11-5, 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 11-4)

Home derbies all around

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Three out of four matches played at the Pyongyang Table Tennis Hall in the early afternoon were all-DPR Korea face-off’s, while one involved the Norwegian Ilka Doval.

Kim Song I surprised everyone with a big straight games win over the exciting Jon Kyong Mi (11-7, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4). Meanwhile, Ilka lost her second match of the day to Kim Jinu in as many games (11-6, 11-3, 12-10, 11-7). Finally, wrapping up the DPR Korea rout was Kim Sol Song who needed 5 games to see off compatriot Ri Hyang 4:1.

Kim Song I took no prisoners at Pyongyang. (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Unsuccessful return for Rumgay

Men’s Doubles: Quarterfinals

Scottish Gavin Rumgay’s return has not gone the best way possible, as he and his Indian partner Mudit Dani were unable to match the intensity of the home favorites Ham Yu Song and Ri Kwang Myong.

The DPR Korea pair started very strongly and took two games without budging from their attacking forehand play. Rumgay and Mudit won a game but had little to no chance of overturning that deficit (11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7).

Amin makes for better showing in seniors

Men’s Singles: Round of 16

Iran’s Amin Ahmadian had a better performance in the senior side of the draw as he took a well deserved 4:2 win over Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng.

Having lost in the U-21 quarters, Amin resurfaced at the senior matches with more vigor and pace. Huang won two games to make it interesting, however Amin made sure he did not miss out on the quarterfinals with a quick recovery.

Amin reaches the quarters of the senior draw after losing at the same stage at the U-21’s.
Three more for DPR Korea

Men’s Singles: Round of 16

Despite two 7 game thrillers, DPR Korea made it full set of victories as three more of their athletes moved on to the quarterfinals.

An Ji Song and Kim Song II needed to dig deep for 4:3 wins against compatriot U Tae Ryong and Thailand’s Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon respectively. Both matches were highly exciting, with one player in control and then the other. Meanwhile, their national teammate Kim Ok Chan had a swifter win versus Indian Mudit Dani as he took four straight games.

Kim Song II was engaged in an epic battle with Thailand’s Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon.
Home favorite moves on to semis

Under 21 Women’s Singles: Quarterfinals

Cha Su Yong made the crowd cheer with joy as she played an incredible match against Norway’s Ilka Doval. (11-3, 11-5, 11-3)

Winning in straight games, Cha had no trouble maintaining her pace and pressure throughout, with Ilka unable to respond to such fierce shots. With the home crowd pushing her on, it remains to be seen if she can go all the way.

To the delight of home fans, Cha Su Yong reaches the semifinals.
No dice for Israel’s youth

Under 21 Men’s Singles: Quarterfinals

Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng and DPR Korea’s Ham Yu Song were firm walls for the Israelis Amir Hossein Hodei and Amin Ahmadian, as both were soundly defeated in 4 games.

Huang was quick off the bat, taking the first two games in succession which meant Amir had to settle for hard fought points and just the one game. Ham had a much simpler time seeing off Amin, with no real comeback in sight from the young Israeli.

Huang Yan-Cheng, most impressive in Pyongyang (Photo: courtesy of Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus DPR Korea Open)
Early withdrawal sees Feng and Cai through

Mixed Doubles: Quarterfinals

There was an early withdrawal due to injury for the Chinese pairing of Cui Qinglei and Gu Ruochen, meaning their Chinese Taipei counterparts Feng Yi-Hsin and Cai Fong-En moved on to the semifinals without playing a point.

Main draw underway

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