2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Friday 20th September
Semi-finalists decided, China on course
An intense day of action on Friday 20th September at the 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Yogyakarta, when the curtain closed, the medallists were known the colour to be decided.
The outcome is that at the semi-final stage of the men’s singles event Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto stands alone against the might of China; he faces Xu Xin, in the adjacent half of the draw, Fan Zhendong meets Lin Gaoyuan.
One interloper in the penultimate round of the men’s singles event, in the women’s singles, China is dominant. Chen Meng meets Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning opposes Sun Yongsha.
Meanwhile at the same stage of the men’s doubles, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin play Maharu Yoshimura and Shunsuke Togami, Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan oppose Lam Siu Hang and Ng Pak Nam; for the women’s doubles, it is Chen Meng and Wang Manyu versus Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa; Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling in opposition to Saki Shibata and Hitomi Sato.
Totally focused on the task ahead, Xu Xin, the top seed, accounted for Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura, the no.12 seed (7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-5), before ending the hopes of Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu, the no.8 seed in clinical style (11-7, 11-6, 11-8).
Similarly, Fan Zhendong underlined the fact that he was in no mood to surrender the titles won in 2017 in Wuxi; the no.2 seed, he overcame Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting, the no.35 seed (11-4, 11-5, 11-4) and then followed with success against colleague Wang Chuqin, the no.9 seed (11-8, 12-10, 11-6.)
Comprehensive wins, Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed, was in the same vein; he recorded a straight games win against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An, the no.14 seed (11-5, 11-9, 12-10) and then dealt out the same medicine when facing Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik, the no.10 seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-5) and somewhat surprise fourth round winner in opposition to China’s Liang Jingkun, the no.5 seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-5).
Impressive performances, Lin Gaoyuan, the no.3 seed, was in the same mode, after overcoming Korea Republic’s An Jaehyun, the no.16 seed (11-9, 11-8, 11-9), he ended the hopes of the crowd favourite, India’s Sathiyan Gnasakeran, the no.11 seed (11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8).
In the women’s singles there was to be no repeat of 2017 when Ding Ning had lost in the quarter-final round to Miu Hirano; the no.2 seed, after ousting India’s Ayhika Mukherjee, the no.30 seed, Ding Ning prevailed against her teenage opponent, the no.7 seed in straight games (11-8, 13-11, 11-4).
Likewise, Chen Meng, the top seed, showed no charity. She recorded a straight games success against Japan’s Miyu Kato, the no.16 seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-8), before repeating the feat in opposition to Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.10 seed (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).
Imposing performances; likewise, Liu Shiwen, the no.4 seed, accounted for DPR Korea’s Kim Song I, the no.12 seed (11-9, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7) and then followed with success in opposition to Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.6 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-8). Commanding efforts, Sun Yingsha, the no.5 seed, was not to be left out, she reserved her semi-final place courtesy of success against colleague Wang Manyu, the no.3 seed, having one round earlier beaten Japan’s Hitomi Sato, the no.13 seed (11-5, 11-5, 11-3).