27 Jul 2019

The first titles decided, the host nation’s Ham Yu Song and Cha Hyo Sim emerged the mixed doubles champions, colleague Pyon Song Gong won the under 21 women’s singles event, Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin secured the counterpart under 21 men’s singles title.

However, the player to attract the attention on Saturday 27th July at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Pyongyang Open was Iran’s Amir Hossein Hodaei, the 21 year old caused the biggest upset of the day.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

It was a day dominated by the host nation; at close of play they fielded three of the four men’s singles semi-finalists and by definition a full house in the women’s singles event, having provided all eight quarter-finalists.

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

…………Qualifier, Amir Hossein Hodaei beat Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay, the no.3 seed (11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 12-10).

…………Success for Amir Hossein Hodaei but for colleague Amin Amadian it was a different outcome; the no.6 seed, he suffered at the hands of the host nation’s Kim Song Il (11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8).

…………In the all DPR Korea contests, Ham Yu Song, the no.4 seed, beat Ri Jong Sik (9-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10); An Ji Song, the no.2 seed, ended the hopes of Kim Ok Chan (11-8, 11-7, 15-13, 7-11, 14-16, 14-12).

Men’s Singles: Semi-Finals

…………Kim Song Il meets Ham Yu Song; An Ji Song opposes Amir Hossein Hodaei.

…………Pyon Song Gyong caused the biggest upset of the round; the no.6 seed, she accounted for Cha Hyo Sim, the no.2 seed (11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 13-15, 15-13).

…………Kim Song I, the top seed, showed her class; she overcame Kim Sol Song (11-8, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7).

…………Hard fought contests, Kim Nam Hae, the no.3 seed, beat Ri Hyon Sim (5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8); Kim Jin Hyang, the no.7 seed, ended the hopes of Kin Jinju (15-17, 11-2, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8).

Women’s Singles: Semi-Finals

…………Kim Song I confronts Kim Jin Hyang, Kim Nan Hae opposes Pyon Song Gong.

Men’s Doubles: Semi-Finals

…………An all DPR Korea final awaits; An Ji Song and Ro Hyon Song beat Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin and Tai Ming-Wei (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8), Ham Yu Song and Ri Kwang Myong accounted for colleagues Kim Ok Chan and Ri Jong Sik (11-9, 11-5, 11-7).

Women’s Doubles: Semi-Finals

…………Norway’s Ika Doval and DPR Korea’s Ri Hyon Sim proved a pair in harmony; they beat the host nation’s Ko Su Yong and Ryu Il Gyong (9-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3). In the final they meet Cha Hyo Sim and Kim Nam Hae; they overcame colleagues Kim Jin Hyang and Pyon Song Gyong (11-8, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7) to reserve their place in the final.

Mixed Doubles: Final

…………In an all DPR Korea final Ham Yu Song and Cha Hyo Sim beat An Ji Song and Kim Nam Hae (12-10, 10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 13-11) to claim a career first at an open international tournament.

Under 21 Men’s Singles: Final

…………Feng Yi-Hsin beat colleague Huang Yan-Cheng (11-7, 12-10, 11-7) to win his second such title of the year; in May he won in Slovenia.

Under 21 Women’s Singles: Final

…………Pyong Song Gyong beat colleague Cha Su Yong (11-13, 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7) to claim the first title of her career at an open international tournament.

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