17 Sep 2021

Play in the main draw underway on Friday 17th September, in the opening round of the men’s singles and women’s singles events at the 2021 ITTF Kazakhstan International Open in Karaganda, upsets abounded.

Just four seeded men and two women survived to book quarter-final places.

by Ian Marshall

In the men’s singles, the host nation’s Kirill Gerassimenko, Pavel Platonov of Belarus and Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alkhadrawi, the respective top three names, enjoyed success, as did Austria’s Alexander Chen, the no.6 seed.

Seeds Depart

India’s Mudit Dani, the no.4 seed, was beaten by Naif Al-Jadi, like Ali Alkhadrawi from Saudi Arabia, conversely colleague Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi, the no.7 seed, lost to Russia’s Maksim Kaburkin (11-7, 8-11, 14-12, 11-3, 6-11, 8-11, 11-7).

Similarly, Kazakhstan’s Adios Kenzhigulov, the no.8 seed, experienced defeat at the hands of India’s Sudanshu Grover (8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-2).

The further quarter-final men’s singles place, created by the fact of being only seven seeded players was claimed by India’s Snehit Suravajjula; he caused Kazakhstan further heartaches by overcoming Iskender Kharki (11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10).

Kirill Gerassimenko (KAZ) v Alexander Chen (AUT)
Maksim Kaburkin (RUS) v Naif Al-Jadi (KSA)
Ali Alkhadrawi (KSA) v Snehit Suravajjula (IND)
Sudhansu Grover (IND) v Pavel Platonov (BLR)

Women’s Singles

Meanwhile, in the women’s singles event the two survivors amongst the direct entries to the main draw were Valeria Shcherbatykh, the no.3 seed and India’s Kaushani Nath, the no.8 seed.

Notably, Valeria Shcherbatykh was one four Russian players to book last eight places. Colleagues Ekaterina Okhotnikova, Daria Shadrina and Valeria Kotcyur all upset the order of merit.

Ekaterina Okhotnikova beat Kazakhstan’s Anastassiya Lavriova, the top seed (11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5), Daria Shadrina overcame India’s Selena Selvakumar, the no.4 seed (8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-3). Valeria Kotcyur received a walk-over when due to face Mongolia’s Doljinzuu Batbayer, the no.5 seed.

Adding to the upsets, Prapti Sen accounted for Kazakhstan’s Zauresh Akasheva, the no.2 seed (12-10, 6-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 15-13).

Disappointment for Kazakhstan but there was success, Sarvinoz Mirkadirova halted the aspirations of Uzbekistan’s Mekhrinisio Norkulova, the no.7 seed (4-11, 11-5, 11-8, 17-15, 11-13, 7-11, 11-2).

Ekaterina Okhotnikova (RUS) v Sarvinoz Mirkadirova (KAZ)
Kaushani Nath (IND) v Valeria Shcherbatykh (RUS)
Daria Shadrina (RUS) v Aiya Alimbayeva (KAZ)
Valeria Kotcyur (RUS) v Prapti Sen (IND)

Men’s Doubles

The quarter-finalists in the men’s singles known; in the men’s doubles the semi-finalists have been decided.

Ali Alkhadrawi / Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi (KSA) v Elmurod Kholikov / Stanislav Tyan (UZN)
Denis Zholudev / Sagantay Kurmambaev (KAZ) v Siddesh Pande / Mudit Dani (IND)
Snehit Suravajjula / Sudanshu Grover (IND) v Iskender Kharki / Aidos Kenzhigulov (KAZ)
Kirill Gerassimenko / Alan Kurmangaliyev (KAZ) v Alexander Chen / Pavel Platonov (AUT/BLR)

Women’s Doubles

Likewise, in the women’s doubles, the last four pairs are known.

Valeria Kotcyur / Valeria Shcherbarykh (RUS) v Elaterina Okhotnikova / Daria Shadrina (RUS)
Angelina Romanovskaya / Anel Bakhyt (KAZ) v Zauresh Akasheva / Sarvinoz Mirkadirova (KAZ)
Kamila Khalikova / Mekhrinisio Norkulova (UZB) v Aiya Alimbayeva / Alexandra Smirnova (KAZ)
Anastassiya Lavrova / Alsu Saparova (KAZ) v Kaushami Nath / Prapti Sen (IND)

Mixed Doubles

Meanwhile, in the mixed doubles it is the semi-finalists are known.

Maksim Kaburkin / Valeria Kotcyur v Eric Raiter / Array Ashkeyeva (KAZ)
Mukhammad Uktamboev / Sugdiyona Madalieva (UZB) v Elmurod Kholikov / Kamila Khalikov

First Title Decided

Following the close of play on Saturday 18th September, the men’s singles and women’s singles semi-finalists will be known, the men’s doubles and women’s doubles finalists will have been determined, the first title, the mixed doubles will have been awarded.

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