Tournaments

03 Oct 2019

Listed in top spots on the respective men’s and women’s world rankings, China’s Xu Xin and Chen Meng duly progressed unscathed on Thursday 3rd October as the opening rounds at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm concluded.

However, they were not the centre of attention; that honour belonged to Japan’s 17 yesr old Miyu Nagasaki.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

On a day when there was no shortage of surprises in the women’s singles event, she caused the biggest of all.

Men’s Singles – Round One

…………The leading Swedes all departed at Chinese hands. Mattias Falck, the no.6 seed, experienced defeat at the hands of Zhao Zihao (16-18, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7), Kristian Karlsson, the no.16 seed lost to Wang Chuqin (11-6, 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4), Jon Persson suffered against Fan Zhendong, the no.2 seed (9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7).

…………Zhou Qihao added to Chinese success, he beat England’s Liam Pitchford, the no.14 seed (5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10, 12-10)

…………China’s Xu Xin established his authority, the top seed, he beat Chinese colleague, Xu Haidong (11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 8-11, 11-2).

…………Impressively, China’s Lin Gaoyuan, the no.3 seed, beat Frenchman Enzo Angles (11-7, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4); Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed, ended the hopes of England’s Paul Drinkhall (11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4).

Women’s Singles – Round One

…………Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki caused the biggest upset of the round. She beat China’s Zhu Yuling, the no.3 seed (11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5).

…………China’s Lui Fei delighted with her defensive skills, she accounted for Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.8 seed (11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6).

…………Sweden’s hopes ended at Chinese hands, Linda Bergström, the no.16 seed, lost to Wang Yidi (11-3, 11-7, 11-6, 13-11); Matilda Ekholm, the no.15 seed, was beaten by Japan’s Honoka Hashmoto (11-7, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9).

…………Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.12 seed, lost to China’s Gu Yuting (11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5).

…………Monaco’s Yang Xiaoxin continued her winning ways. She ended the hopes of Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, the no.11 seed (11-7, 4-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8).

………….China’s Chen Meng and Ding Ning, the top two seeds, both progressed in style. Chen Meng beat Japan’s Sakura Mori (11-2, 11-8, 11-3, 11-4), Ding Ning accounted for Britt Eerland of the Netherlands (11-6, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6).

…………Tested but successful, China’s Wang Manyu, the no.4 seed, accounted for Austria’s Yui Hamamoto (11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-4, 11-3).

Men’s Doubles – Round One

………….Poland’s Jakub Dyjas and Belgium’s Cédric Nuytinck caused the biggest upset of the round; they beat Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin and Lee Sangsu, the top seeds (12-10, 11-5, 0-11, 11-8).

…………Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko and Kirill Skachkov upset the pecking order; they overcame Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia and João Monteiro, the no.7 seeds (13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).

…………China’s Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan, the no.2 seeds, progressed in style; they beat Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy and Gustavo Tsuboi (11-6, 11-5, 11-4).

Women’s Doubles – Round One

…………Portugal’s Shao Jieni and Fu Yu caused a major surprise. They beat Japan’s Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki, the no.2 seeds (11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10).

…………Japan’s Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa upset the ranked order; they overcame the combination of Slovakia’s Barbora Balazova and Hana Matelova, the no.6 seeds (11-7, 11-9, 11-6).

…………China’s Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, the top seeds, booked a quarter-final place but they were tested; they needed the full five games to beat Korea Republic’s Choi Hyojoo and Lee Zion (11-5, 12-14, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4).

Mixed Doubles – Round One

…………China’s Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu upset the order of merit; they beat Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, the top seeds (12-10, 11-5, 11-9).

…………Poland’s Jakub Dyjas and Natalia Partyka ended Swedish hopes; they beat Mattias Falck and Matilda Ekholm, the no.8 seeds (11-5, 4-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9).

…………Hungary’s Adam Szudi and Szandra Pergel hit form. They beat Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit and Lee Ho Ching (12-14, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11).

…………Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata upset the order of matters. They accounted for Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee, the no.6 seeds (11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8).

…………Favourites for gold, China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, the no.2 seeds, asserted their authority. They beat Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu and Georgina Pota (11-2, 11-3, 12-10).

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