27 Aug 2021

Needing a favour, as play commenced on the morning of Friday 27th August at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Thailand’s Panwas Sringam provided the favour for Jordan’s Khetam Abuawad.

First place in the group as status advised was the end result for the no.2 seed.

by Ian Marshall

The previous day in a contest when playing Caroline Tabib from neighbouring Israel, a match where no quarter was given, no quarter asked, screams from both players when succeeding, Caroline Tabib had beaten Khetam Abuawad in four games (13-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8).

Earlier, in the opening group contest, Khetam Abuawad had recorded a straight games win in opposition to Panwas Sringam (11-9, 11-7, 11-9).

Thus on the morning of the third day of action, Khetam Abuawad needed a favour from Panwas Sringam. She duly deivered, she accounted for Caroline Tabib in straight games (11-9, 11-7, 11-9); coincidentally the score identical to her defeat at the hands of Khetam Abuawad.

One win apiece, games ratio determined the outcome. It was first place for Khetam Abuawad (4:3) ahead of Panwas Sringam (3:3) and Caroline Tabib (3:4).

Thus, Khetam Abuawad and Panwas Sringam booked main draw places.

First place as anticipated for Khetam Abuawad; that was not the situation for China’s Pan Jiamin, the no.3 seed. She had to settle for second position.

Top spot went to Korea Republic’s Jung Younga; the winner the previous day against Pan Jiamin (11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8), she concluded her group phase matches by overcoming Chile’s Tamara Leonelli (11-2, 11-1, 11-3).

Surprises, in the remaining group, matters advanced according to plan.

Sweden’s Ingela Lundbäck beat Egypt’s Faiza Mahmoud Mahmoud (11-5, 11-6, 11-3) and thus finished in second place behind China’s Zhang Bian, gold medallist in 2012 in London and in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

The quarter-final matches in women’s singles class 5 are scheduled for the evening session of play.

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