14 Feb 2020

Are you ready for the main event day of the first Challenge Plus of the decade?

Play begins at 9:30 local in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sidorenko and Shiomi land Under 21 titles

Under 21 Men’s and Women’s Singles: Final

Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko has edged a dramatic Under 21 men’s singles final in Lisbon, coming through a full distance affair against Japan’s Shunsuke Togami (8-11, 13-11, 11-9, 3-11, 12-10).

Defeat for one Japanese player but in the Under 21 women’s singles final it was success for the Land of the Rising Sun as Maki Shiomi battled past Belarusian opponent Daria Trigolos 3-1 (11-4, 11-3, 10-12, 11-3).

Ecuador star takes the spotlight

Men’s Singles: Round of 32

Ecuador will be represented in the last 16 of the men’s singles event in Lisbon following a sensational performance from World no.76 Alberto Mino, who successfully came through his encounter against Japan’s Masataka Morizono by a 4-2 margin (11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9).

Alberto Mino leads his country to Round of 16 (Photo: José Hudo Castañer)

Elsewhere, we have just witnessed a huge comeback display from Italy’s Mihai Bobocica who has recovered from a 0-3 deficit to topple Chen Chien-An 4-3 (8-11, 11-13, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9) while Germany’s Qiu Dang eliminates Europe Top 16 bronze medallist Robert Gardos (3-11, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 13-11, 12-10).

Mixed emotions for host nation hopeful

Men’s Singles: Round of 32

Joao Monteiro is out of the running in the men’s singles race following a straight games defeat against Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin (15-13, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5). However, it was the opposite picture for the other host nation player involved in the 7.10pm session with Tiago Apolonia negotiating his meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko (11-6, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8).

Nanthana Komwong claims stunning win

Women’s Singles: Round of 32

Surely the standout result of the 6.20pm session comes courtesy of Thailand’s Nanthana Komwong, who defied expectations to beat highly-rated Chinese Taipei opponent Chen Szu-Yu in a seven-game thriller (14-12, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5).

Incredible display sees Nanthana Komwong through (Photo: Rémy Gros)

France’s Laura Gasnier also impressed with her 4-2 victory over Polina Mikhailova (12-10, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9), booking her spot in the last 16 in the process.

Home crowd ready to cheer

Men’s Doubles: Round of 16

Diogo Carvalho with João Geraldo were effortless in their win over Austria’s Alexander Chen with David Serdaroglu, allowing the home fans something to cheer about. The Portuguese duo won in straight games (12-10, 11-6, 11-9) and all but within 20 minutes.

The Japanese pairing comprising of the impressive Shunsuke Togami and Yukiya Uda could not however keep going in the competition. They lost to the Korea Republic duo of Baek Kwangil and Park Chan-Hyeok reach the quarter-finals (12-10, 11-7, 11-9).

Chen/Cheng move into quarters

Women’s Doubles: Round of 16

Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu with Cheng Hsien-Tzu had a swift win over Romanian’s Adina Diaconu with Andreea Dragoman, winning 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-6).

Similarly for France’s Stéphanie Loeuillette with Yuan Jia Nan, it was to be a good start to the afternoon as they accounted for Thailand’s Nanthana Komwong with Jinnipa Sawettabut in straight games (11-7, 11-9, 11-9).

Maki Shiomi through to the final (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Shiomi continues her run

Under 21 Women’s Singles: Semi-Finals

The sensation from Japan has reached the final of the under 21 women’s singles event, seeing off the challenge of Romania’s Adina Diaconu (7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4).

Her opponent had to go through much less in the other semi-final, as France’s Nolwenn Fort could not stop Belarus’ Daria Trigolos from winning 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 12-10) and reaching within touching grasp of the gold.

Gardos shows class

Men’s Singles: Round One

Austria’s veteran Robert Gardos showed off his class as he took care of the host’s Diogo Chen in a 4-1 (11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6) win.

Paul Drinkhall continued to take the English flag forward as he accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Yang Heng-Wei in straight games (11-8, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7).

Shunsuke Togami in fine form (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Japan’s Shunsuke Togami sends warning signal

Men’s Singles: Round One

Japanese qualifier Shunsuke Togami was the star in the men’s singles round one as he edged out number four seed Slovakia’s Wang Yang after a hard-fought 4-3 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 10-12, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6) triumph.

Another seeded player Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro was shown the exit by Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin 4-1 (11-8, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7).

Benedek Olah marches on

Men’s Singles: Round One

Runner’s up at 2020 Spanish Open, Finland’s Benedek Olah is one of the top seeds that progressed after a 4-2 (12-10, 4-11, 4-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-7) win over Sweden’s Simon Arvidsson.

Frenchman Emmanuel Lebesson confirmed his stay in the competition after a 4-1 (11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4) victory over Romania’s Alexandru Cazacu.

Emmanuel Lebesson who Alexandru Cazacu (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Ibrahima Diaw in early exit

Men’s Singles: Round One

Ibrahima Diaw’s status as one of the seeded players in the men’s singles came to an end as the Senegalese fell 1-4 (9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11) to Russia’s Sadi Ismailov.

Slovakia’s Lubomir Pistej was tested but he prevailed over Uzbekistan’s Zohid Kenjaev at 4-2 (11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8).

Omar Assar escapes an early scare

Men’s Singles: Round One

As the number one seed, Omar Assar did not start well against Indian Manav Vikash Thakkar losing the first two games at 9-11, 9-11, but a rejuvenated Omar Assar returned to the table to end the good run of the Indian qualifier at 4-2 (9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 16-14, 11-5). It was a big scare for the Egyptian but his experience was handy for him to negotiate the first round of the men’s singles.

Tiago Apolonia lived up to expectation with a 4-1 (11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4) over Sweden’s Elias Ranefur to continue his title quest at home.

Like his compatriot, João Monteiro enjoyed a 4-2 (11-7, 11-3, 11-3, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2) win against England’s David McBeath.

João Monteiro beat David McBeath (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Devos wins, Levenko follows

Men’s Singles: Round One

Belgium’s Robin Devos beat Russian Denis Ivonin in a strong performance and won 4-1 (7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6, 13-11), despite being a game down to start with.

Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo could not stand the amazing shot work by Andreas Levenko, as the Austrian cruised to a 4-1 win (11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5).

Paranang finds her form

Women’s Singles: Round One

Thailand’s Orawan Paranang was in imperious mood against Greece’s Aikaterini Toliou, winning in 4-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8) in 27 minutes.

For the Indian athlete Madhurika Patkar, there were to be no such luck, as she lost out to Belarus’ Nadezhda Bogdanova in straight games (11-9, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7).

Nadezhda Bogdanova, the heroine (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Double exit for Wang

Women’s Singles: Round One

USA’s Amy Wang was eliminated for a second time in one day as she fell to Italy’s Debora Vivarelli in straight games (11-8, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8).

France’s Laura Gasnier continued her good run as she beat Belgian Margo Degraef in under half an hour and move on to the next round (11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4).

Monteiro sees off Takahashi

Women’s Singles: Round One

Romania’s Daniela Monteiro Dodean was in a sparkling touch today as she took care of Bruna Takahashi in stunning form, seeing off the Brazilian 4-2 (6-11, 11-4, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4).

Monteiro’s compatriot Arina Singeorzan was sadly not as fortunate on the day, as she found herself losing out to Netherlands’ Britt Eerland 4-1 (11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4).

Daniela headed to glory? (Photo by Remy Gros)
Lisa exits, so does Wang

Under 21 Women’s Singles: Quarter-finals

Belgium’s Lung Lisa suffered a straight games defeat to Romanian Adina Diaconu, who was very efficient in her 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-9) win which takes her to the semi-finals.

Over at table 5 of the Casal Vistoso, USA’s Amy Wang was unable to make her lead count as she lost out to Belarus’ Daria Trigolos 3-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5).

Brave effort needed as Pistej/Balazova come through

Mixed Doubles: Round of 16

Slovakians Lubomir Pistej with Barbora Balazova needed a strong effort on their part to come back from 1-2 down and win against Belgian’s Laurens Devos with Lung Lisa.

In a match lasting 33 minutes, Pistej and Balazova finally won 3-2 (11-6, 12-14, 6-11, 15-13, 11-5) with a brave and determined workrate around the table.

Tough task, but clear: Lubomir Pistej and Barbora Balazova (Photo by Remy Gros)
Good start for Yuan/Lebesson

Mixed Doubles: Round of 16

It’s a good start to the day for Yuan Jia Nan with Emmanuel Lebesson as they coasted to a win against Belarus’ Aliaksandr Khanin with Daria Trigolos (11-5, 11-5, 11-6).

Similarly for Brazil’s Vitor Ishy with Bruna Takahashi, it was strong opening win over Chilean duo Juan Lamadrid with Paulina Vega (11-3, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7).

Ready to Challenge?
2020 Portugal Open Portugal Open

No results found.

Photo Gallery

Day 3 - 2020 ITTF Challenge Plus Portugal Open