Tournaments

04 Oct 2019

The major force, high quality, China underlined that fact on Friday 4th October at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm; at the end of the day they provided six of the eight men’s singles quarter-finalists, in the counterpart women’s singles, the number was seven.

Equally as the finalists in the doubles events were decided, Chinese pairs were to the fore.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Interlopers in the men’s singles event were Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Frenchman Simon Gauzy; for the women, Japan’s Mima Ito.

Men’s Singles

…………China’s Zhao Zihao booked his place in his first ever ITTF World Tour men’s singles quarter-final; he beat Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin, the no.10 seed (11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-2).

………..Wang Chuqin repeated the success enjoyed in the gold medal contest at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, he accounted for Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed (11-5, 11-4, 12-10, 11-4).

…………Xu Xin, the top seed, asserted his authority; he beat Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu (11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3).

…………Fan Zhendong, the no.2 seed, overcame Japan’s Jun Mizutani (11-9, 11-8, 11-6, 14-12) to secure his quarter-final place.

…………Lin Gaoyuan, the no.3 seed, accounted for Germany’s Patrick Franziska, the no.11 seed (11-4, 11-5, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5).

…………Simon Gauzy upset the order, the no.15 seed, he overcame Japan’s Koki Niwa, the no.7 seed (11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8).

…………Dimitrij Ovtcharov was in determined mood, the no.8 seed, he beat Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting, the no.12 seed (11-3, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4).

Women’s Singles

…………Qian Tianyi, the reigning world junior champion reserved her quarter-final place; she beat Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki, likewise a qualifier, in straight games (11-5, 11-3, 11-4, 11-8).

…………Liu Fei continued to exert her elegant defensive skills to good effect; she beat colleague and fellow qualifier, Gu Yuting (11-4, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9).

…………Chen Meng, the top seed, accounted for colleague, Wang Yidi (11-7, 11-5, 13-15, 11-7, 12-10).

…………Ding Ning, the no.2 seed, followed suit; she overcame Cheng I-Ching, the no.10 seed (11-9, 12-10, 11-4, 11-7).

…………Wang Manyu, the no.4 seed, ended European hopes, she overcame Monaco’s Yang Xaoxin (11-8, 11-2, 14-12, 11-4).

………..Mima Ito, the no.7 seed, beat colleague, Miu Hirano, the no.9 seed (11-8, 12-14, 7-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8) to keep her title retention hopes alive.

Men’s Doubles

…………An all Chinese final: Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan face Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin.

…………Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan, the no.2 seeds, beat the Czech Republic’s Lubomir Jancarik and Tomas Polansky (11-9, 11-3, 11-3), followed by success against Hungary’s Nandor Ecseki and Adam Szudi, the no.5 seeds (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7).

…………Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.3 seeds, accounted for Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko and Kirill Skachkov (11-9, 11-6, 11-9), before ending the adventures of the combination formed by Poland’s Jakub Dyjas and Belgium’s Cédric Nuytinck (11-9, 11-6, 11-7).

Women’s Doubles

…………China’s Chen Meng and Ding Ning confront Japan’s Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa in the final.

…………Not seeded Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa emerged somewhat surprise finalists; after accounting for Portugal’s Shao Jieni and Fu Yu (11-4, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6), they overcame Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the no.4 seeds (11-6, 11-2, 11-8).

…………A hard fought success against colleagues Sun Yngsha and Wang Manyu, the top seeds (10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 11-3), Chen Meng and Ding Ning, the no.5 seeds, beat Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun, the no.3 seeds (11-7, 11-9, 11-3).

Mixed Doubles

…………In the final Japan’s Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito meet China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen.

…………At the quarter-final stage Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, the no.2 seeds, beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata (11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5), prior to overcoming Hungary’s Adam Szudi and Szandra Pergel (8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6).

…………Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito, the no.3 seeds, beat Poland’s Jakub Dyjas and Natalia Partyka (11-2, 11-6, 11-4), followed by success in opposition to China’s Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9).

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