01 Jun 2020

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Title favourites suffer unanticipated exit (Düsseldorf 2017)

Mixed Doubles: Quarter-Finals

Another dramatic result to bring you from Düsseldorf, this time from the mixed doubles event as top seeds Lee Sangsu and Yang Haeun bid their farewells in the quarter-finals.

The Korean pair had enjoyed a trouble free path to the last eight, registering three straight-game victories in the lead up. However, Lee and Yang were outplayed in their fourth round fixture as Japanese no.6 seeds Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa stormed to an eye-catching 4-1 win (13-11, 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6).

Belarusian qualifiers stun second seeds (Düsseldorf 2017)

Men’s Doubles: Round of 16

Incredible scenes here as the second seeded pair in the men’s doubles race, Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Denmark’s Jonathan Groth fall in round three!

Big contenders for a podium spot but Franziska and Groth more than met their match in Pavel Platonov and Vladimir Samsonov with the unseeded qualifiers from Belarus coming out on top against the mixed association duo in a dramatic seven-game contest (11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7).

Vladimir Samsonov and Pavel Platonov extend noteworthy campaign (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Elizabeta Samara recovers to beat Japanese defender (Düsseldorf 2017)

Women’s Singles: Round of 32

2015 European champion Elizabeta Samara is through to the last 16 of the women’s singles draw here in Düsseldorf after the Romanian, seeded 21st, posted a fine comeback win from 0-2 down to see off no.10 seed Hitomi Sato 4-2 in a thrilling match (5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8).

Teenage star upstages stalwart Jun Mizutani (Düsseldorf 2017)

Men’s Singles: Round of 64

Seeded 47 positions below his second round opponent, rising Japanese teenage star Tomokazu Harimoto has pulled off a dramatic victory here at the Messe Düsseldorf Hall with his elimination of long-time stalwart Jun Mizutani (11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8) to extend his stay in the competition. This young talent has a bright future ahead of him!

Tomokazu Harimoto steals the show (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Tristan Flore strikes upset (Düsseldorf 2017)

Men’s Singles: Round of 64

Qualifier Tristan Flore is through to the men’s singles Round of 32 following an incredible display from the Frenchman against one of Asia’s biggest competitors.

Contesting an epic full distance affair, Tristan Flore and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An gave spectators plenty of edge of the seat action. Summoning his inner-warrior, Flore eventually crossed the finish line ahead of his opponent (15-13, 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6).

Rio 2016 bronze medallist sails through (Düsseldorf 2017)

Women’s Singles: Round of 32

Stunning table tennis fans across the globe last year with her superb bronze medal finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the DPR Korea player continues to impress here in Düsseldorf.

Facing off against Hungarian opponent Szandra Pergel, who was responsible for the elimination of German star Petrissa Solja one round earlier, Kim Song I needed just the four games to get the job done (11-5, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8). Kim advances to the last 16 where she will meet China’s Liu Shiwen.

Kim Song I continues to impress (Photo: Nittaku)
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