18 Mar 2021

Iran's Neda Shahsavari emerged victorious in her opening group stage match at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha on Thursday 18th March, giving her ambitions in the women's singles draw a welcome boost.

by Simon Daish

Competing in Group 2 in the Central Asia region, no.3 seed Shahsavari upset the seeding list in her meeting with Kazakhstan’s Zauresh Akasheva, powering past the second seed 4-1 (11-8, 13-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3).

Shahsavari is now well-placed in her pursuit of top spot in the group, the same can be said regarding Uzbekistan’s Rimma Gufranova over in Group 1. The no.4 seed played catch-up for the majority of her encounter with top seed Anastassiya Lavrova, but Gufranova never lost hope and her determination was rewarded with a six-game win over her Kazakh counterpart (7-11, 11-6, 12-14, 11-3, 11-7, 11-3).

The class of Thailand’s Orawan Paranang was on clear display in her second South East Asia fixture, making it back-to-back wins with her crushing performance against Philippines’ Jannah Romero (11-8, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4).

Singapore’s Clarence Chew has assumed control in Group 2 of the men’s singles South East Asia event, with his victory over Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul (11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7) propelling him to the group summit. Chew’s fellow compatriot Pang Yew En Koen has negotiated Group 1 with a 100 percent win record, besting Indonesia’s Rafanael Nikola Niman in four games (11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9) to advance.

Central Asia top seed Kirill Gerassimenko of Kazakhstan also moves through to the next stage of the competition following his gruelling Group 1 affair with Iranian no.4 seed Nima Alamian (14-12, 9-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9). Over in Group 2, Alamian’s national colleague Noshad Alamiyan enjoyed his second success of the day, outclassing Uzbekistan’s Zokhid Kenjaev 4-1 (11-5, 11-2, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4) to swing the tide in his favour.

There was just the one match from South Asia with India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta making amends for his earlier defeat with a commanding display against Pakistan’s Muhammad Rameez (11-4, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4).

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