22 Aug 2021

The group qualification matches commencing proceedings, on the opening day of play, Saturday 21st August, at the 2021 ITTF Czech International Open in Olomouc, there were close calls for Frenchman Bastien Rembert and India’s Sanil Shetty. Additionally there was a surprise defeat for England’s Maria Tsaptsinos; such were the results to attract the attention.

by Ian Marshall

Host nation players provided the problems for Bastian Rembert and Sanil Shetty.
Nervous moments, eventually, Bastien Rembert, the leading name on qualification duty, overcame Michal Obeslo (11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8), in a very similar contest Sanil Shetty, the third highest rated player on day one duty, prevailed against Michal Blinka (5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7).

Close calls but success for Bastien Rembert and Sanil Shetty; similarly, it was a close call for Maria Tsaptsinos, the fourth highest rated on women’s singles qualification duty, conversely it was defeat. She was beaten by Darya Vasilenka of Belarus (13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 3-11, 11-8).

Otherwise, for the most prominent names striving to gain a place in the main draw, it was success.

In the men’s singles event, Russia’s Aleksandr Tiutriumov accounted for Peru’s Giacomo Sorrentino (11-5, 11-7, 11-7), Italy’s Jordy Piccolin overcame Slovakia’s Daniel Orac (11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7).

Aleksandr Tiutriumov commenced play the second highest rated, Jordy Piccolin, the fourth.
Similarly in the group phase of the women’s singles event, Marie Migot of France, the highest listed on duty enjoyed comfortable success in her opening contest as did the next in line, Sweden’s Christina Källberg and Ukraine’s Solomiya Brateyko.

Marie Migot beat Luxembourg’s Vivien Scholz (11-9, 11-8, 11-9, Christina Källberg overcame Slovakia’s Simona Horvathova (11-6, 11-8, 11-5); Solomiya Brateyko prevailed against Austria’s Anastasia Radzionava (11-5, 13-11, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the under 21 women’s singles; direct entries to the second round, the leading names enjoyed success. Russia’s Mariia Tailakova beat the Czech Republic’s Gabriela Stepanova (11-4, 11-6, 11-6), India’s Archana Girish Kamath overcame Sweden’s Matilda Hansson (11-5, 14-12, 11-4).

The leading names in the under 21 men’s singles event, India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar and Bastien Rembert were not called to action.

Play in the qualification event concludes in Sunday 22nd August.

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