02 Oct 2019

Places in the main draw of proceedings at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open, the prize; there were differing fortunes on Wednesday 2nd October for those who had caused the major upsets on the opening day of action.

In the men’s singles event, Frenchman Mehdi Bouloussa and Romania’s Alexandru Cazacu both departed, in the women’s singles, Monaco’s Yang Xiaoxin and China’s Qian Tianyi both progressed.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Tense moments in the Eriksadalshallen prevailed.

Men’s Singles

…………Mehdi Bouloussa who the previous day had beaten Denmark’s Jonathan Groth (14-12, 18-16, 11-7, 3-11, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8), the highest ranked player on qualification duty, experienced defeat when facing Pavel Platonov of Belarus (10-12, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7). Alas for Pavel Platonov there was no further progress, in the next round he suffered at the hands of China’s Sun Wen (9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-8).

…………Alexandru Cazacu, the first day winner in opposition to Portugal’s Marcos Freitas (11-9, 13-15, 5-11, 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6) lost to Enzo Angles (9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10); the Frenchman continued his good form, he accounted for Sweden’s Hampus Nordberg (3-11, 11-7, 4-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-6) to book his main draw place.

…………Jon Persson emerged the one player from the host nation to book a place in the main draw. In the fourth preliminary round, he ended the hopes of Egypt’s Omar Assar (11-8, 11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8).

…………Six players from China reserved main draw places: Sun Wen, Zhou Qihao, Zhao Zihao, Fang Bo, Wang Chuqin and Xu Haidong

Women’s Singles

………….Monaco’s Yang Xiaoxin, who the previous day had beaten Romania’s Bernadette Szocs (12-14, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8), the highest ranked player on qualification stage duty, maintained her form. She beat Nadezhda Bogdanova of Belarus (11-7, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5) to reserve her main draw place.

…………China’s Qian Tianyi who had beaten Poland’s Li Qian, the reigning European champion, in the first round (11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11, 13-11), claimed her main draw place. She accounted for Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam (11-7, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7).

…………Three defenders booked main draw places by emerging successful in the third preliminary round Liu Fei prevailed against Chinese national team colleague, Zhang Rui (8-11, 11-9, 15-17, 11-9, 11-3, 13-11). Hitomi Sato emerged successful in the all Japanese duel; she overcame Miyuu Kihara (11-5, 2-11, 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9). Rather more comfortably Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto beat India’s Manika Batra (12-10, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11).

………….Austria’s Yui Hamamoto won the closest third preliminary round contest; she beat Korea Republic’s Yang Haeun by the very narrowest of decisions (11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 16-14).

Men’s Doubles

………….The Czech Republic’s Lubomir Jancarik and Tomas Polansky emerged the pair to cause the biggest upset in the decisive qualifying round; they beat Brazil’s Eric Jouti and Thiago Monteiro (11-9, 11-8, 11-5), the second highest rated pair on preliminary stage duty.

…………Poland’s Jakub Dyjas and Belgium’s Cédric Nuytinck, the leading duo in actin defeated Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon (11-0, 11-7, 11-7) to secure their main draw place.

Women’s Doubles

………….The Netherlands pairing of Britt Eerland and Li Jiao upset the order of merit. In the second preliminary round, they overcame India’s Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath, the fourth highest rated in the qualification stage (5-11, 11-4, 11-5, 5-11, 14-12).

…………. Hungary’s Dora Madarasz and Szandra Pergel, the top rated combination in the qualification stage beat the French combination of Stéphanie Loeuillette and Yuan Jia Nan (11-4, 11-5, 11-4) to secure a main draw berth.

Mixed Doubles

………….Poland’s Jakub Dyjas and Natalia Partyka caused the major upset in round that decided main draw places. They beat Serbia’s Aleksandar Karakasevic and Izabela Lupulesku (11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7) the fourth highest rated pair on qualification duty.

…………Adam Szudi and Szandra Pergel, the highest rated on initial phase action booked their main draw place by overcoming Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia and Shao Jieni (6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4)

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