2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Friday 20th September
Hitomi Sato and Saki Sibata steal limelight
Success for China but when the quarter-final stage of the women’s doubles event at the 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Yogyakarta concluded on Friday 20th September, the pair to attract the attention being that of Japan’s Hitomi Sato and Saki Shibata. They emerged the one partnership to upset the order of merit; the no.5 seeds, they accounted for Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the no.4 seeds (11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10).
Success for Japan against Hong Kong, it was the same in the opposite half of the draw, the only difference being that the outcome was as predicted. Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.3 seeds, accounted for Minnie Soo Wai Yam and Zhu Chengzhu, the no.9 seeds (11-2, 14-12, 13-11).
Semi-final places for Japan, the same for China; Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, the top seeds, beat Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Yaheun, the no.7 seeds (11-3, 11-4, 11-9); Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling, the no.2 seeds, overcame Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien Tzu, the no.6 seeds (11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7).
Disappointment for Hong Kong, at the same stage of the men’s doubles event there was success but arguably not as anticipated. Wong Chun Ting and Ho Kwan Kit, the no.4 seeds, lost to Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura and Shunsuke Togami, the no.10 seeds (13-15, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7).
However, Lam Siu Hang and Ng Pak Nam responded. The no.12 seeds, they beat DPR Korea’s Ri Jong Sik and Ham Yu Song, the no.21 seeds (6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5), very much a pair in form. In the opening round they had beaten Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu, the no.3 seeds (12-10, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9).
Mixed fortunes for Hong Kong, for China it was winning fortunes but not without some anxious moments. Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the top seeds, beat Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin and Cho Daeseong, the no.5 seeds in style (11-4, 11-7, 11-8); somewhat differently, Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan needed the full five games to end the hopes of India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, the no.6 seeds (11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9).
“We both played well. We played against them two times before. The Indian pair gave us a lot of pressure today. In the deciding game after “Time Out”, we carried out the tactics more firmly and without any hesitation. This match was really tough.” Lin Gaoyuan
The men’s doubles will be played to a conclusion on Saturday 21st September, as will the women’s singles and the mixed doubles; the women’s doubles semi-finals and final in addition to the men’s singles semi-finals and final will be held on Sunday 22nd September.