12 Mar 2020

Join us from 11.00 am local time in Muscat as qualification continues for the 2020 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open on Thursday 12th March.

End of play

That’s it for the day’s action. Be sure to join us again on Friday from 10.00am local time for more exciting contests here in Muscat!

Another seeded partnership falls!

Mixed Doubles: Round of 16

Losing two seeded combinations in the previous session, the final session of the day saw a third added to the list of exits as Slovakian seventh seeds Wang Yang and Tatiana Kukulkova suffered defeat at the hands of Belgium’s Florent Lambiet and Nathalie Marchetti (13-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6).

The duo seeded one position lower in eighth, Belarus’ Aliaksandr Khanin and Dario Trigolos, produced a 3-1 victory over Singapore’s Clarence Chew and Zeng Jian (12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 11-1).

Ionescu and Szocs make winning start

Mixed Doubles: Round of 16

Seeded third in Muscat, Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs are through to the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event following a ruthless performance against Indian opponents Manav Vikash Thakkar and Archana Girish Kamath (12-10, 11-7, 11-7).

However, there’s no room in the last eight for the no.6 seeded pair of Emmanuel Lebesson and Yuan Jia Nan with the 2020 Portugal Open champions falling to Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen and Lin Ye (13-11, 15-13, 6-11, 11-6). Over on table 2, Spanish no.5 seeds Alvaro Robles and Maria Xiao came out on top against India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sutirtha Mukherjee in a full distance thriller (14-16, 11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7)!

And we’re back

After the break in play we’re back for two more sessions, both of which play host to Round of 16 action from the mixed doubles tournament.

Mixed Doubles draw

Here’s a look at the mixed doubles draw – who is your favourite for gold?

Chandra prevents comeback

Men’s Singles: Groups

Jeet Chandra found himself needing to see off the mammoth challenge of Nigeria’s Abdulrahman Abdullahi in a fiercely fought five-game thriller. Winning the match 3-2 (10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4) Chandra now needs to push on into the main stage with the same vigour.

“It was a pretty tricky match and he was a tricky player but I won the match. From tomorrow I have to focus to start with higher concentration.” Jeet Chandra

Austria’s Tarek Al-Samhoury had a swifter time on the table, as he beat Oman’s Asad Alraisi, eliminating the host nation athlete in a straight games win (11-5, 11-5, 11-6).

Tarek Al-Samhoury pictured in action (Photo: Oman Table Tennis Federation)
Shetty opens the day with a win

Men’s Singles: Groups

Sanil Shetty enjoyed a strong start to the day here in Muscat, Oman as he beat home favourite Issa Al-Riyami in straight games (11-6, 11-3, 11-4). This secured his top spot in a tough group in which he coasted to three wins and will now be ready to face the seeded entries that enter the competition tomorrow.

I was preparing for the match and it was like a comfortable win for me. Now I will focus on the main draw. I’m sure that the main draw will be more difficult because I’m going to play against stronger players.” Sanil Shetty

Kukulkova reaches next round

Women’s Singles: Groups

Slovakia’s Tatiana Kukulkova defeated India’s Kaushani Shah in a brilliant display as she won 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-9) to kick start the proceedings on day two.

“My estimation was to push the ball on the table always wishing that she will make mistakes and I played top spin to her backhand and then I needed to push again because she has a special rubber but I think that I did very well. Next will be mixed doubles qualification and I hope to win.” Tatiana Kukulkova 

Over on table 4, Belgium’s Nathalie Marchetti stepped up for her first win in Muscat, as she took care of the challenge of Indian athlete Sagarika Mukherjee in a well-fought 3-1 (19-17, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8) win.

Nathalie Marchetti finishes group on a positive note (Photo: Oman Table Tennis Federation)
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