14 Nov 2019

Germany’s Benedikt Duda emerged the player to cause the biggest upset, Aliaksandr Khanin of Belarus ended the day, the biggest surprise name to reserve a place in the main draw of the men’s singles event at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Austrian Open in Linz; such was the outcome on Wednesday 13th November.

Likewise, China’s Zhou Yu and Zhao Zihao attracted the attention, as did Japan’s Mizuki Oikawa.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Benedikt Duda, named at no.46 on the current world rankings beat Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu, listed at no.18 (11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9) to reserve his place in the main draw.

Outstanding from Benedikt Duda, it was the same from Aliaksandr Khanin; standing at no.146, he accounted for Denmark’s Anders Lind (12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5) and Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu (11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 11-7). On the current world rankings, Anders Lind is at no.103, Ovidiu Ionescu at no.63.

Excelling expectations, it was the same for Mizuki Oikawa, ranked no.99. He ousted Germany’s Qiu Dang, listed at no.93 (11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 10-12, 11-9) to reserve his main event berth.

Qiu Dang beaten by Mizuki Oikawa (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Swedish Open champion departs

Similarly, Zhou Yu, who stands at no.112 and Zhao Zihao at no.41, raised the eyebrows. In the concluding preliminary round Zhou Yu beat Russia’s Alexander Shibaev (11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6); Zhao Zihao overcame colleague, Wang Chuqin the winner earlier this year in the first week of October in Sweden. On the current world rankings, Alexander Shibaev stands at no.57, Wang Chuqin at no.15.

Surprise qualifiers and there were more; Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic, Germany’s Ruwen Filus, alongside Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura and Korea Republic’s An Jaehyun all reserved places in the main event contrary to status.

Darko Jorgic (left) beat (right) Gustavo Tsuboi (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 2-11, 11-7) to book his place in the main draw (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Unexpected names advance

Meanwhile, in the women’s singles qualification tournament, according to ranking, China’s Zhang Rui and Qian Tianyi in addition to Korea Republic’s Choi Hyojoo were the major unexpected names to advance.

In the concluding preliminary round, listed at no.73 on the current order of merit, Zhang Rui accounted for Germany’s Shan Xiaona, named at to no.65 (7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5, 11-2); at no.71 Qian Tianyi beat Wu Yue of the United States at no.37 (11-5, 11-7, 11-8, 14-12). Likewise, Choi Hyojoo ended the hopes of Japan’s Saki Shibata (11-6, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8). Presently Choi Hyojoo is listed at no.68, Saki Shibata at no.30.

Impressive from young aspiring players, it was the same from Monaco’s 31 year old Yang Xiaoxin. Following success against Romania’s Elizabeta Samara, the 2015 European champion (11-6 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5), she accounted for Slovakia’s Barbora Balazova (11-5, 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9) to reserve her main draw place. On the current world rankings, Yang Xiaoxin is at no.57, Elizabeta Samara at no.28, Barbora Balazova at no.41.

Unexpected there were more in the preliminary rounds of the women’s singles event; China’s Gu Yuting, Germany’s Nina Mittelham and Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Hsien-Tzu topped booked main draw places against the odds, as did the Japanese duo of Miyuu Kihara and Minami Ando.

Minami Ando defied the odds to reach the main draw (Photo: Rémy Gros)
England in evidence

Surprise outcomes, in the final preliminary round of both the men’s doubles and women’s doubles events, the second highest rated pairs experienced defeat; England very much in evidence.

In the former Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker beat Korea Republic’s An Jaehyun and Jang Woojin (8-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6); in the latter Tin-Tin Ho partnered Austria’s Karoline Mischek to success against Poland’s Natalia Bajor and Natalia Partyka (9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6).

The main event commences on Thursday 14th November.

Paul Drinkhall (foreground) and Sam Walker beat An Jaehyun and Jang Woojin to book their main draw place (Photo: Rémy Gros)
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