Once again, Jang Woojin upsets the odds
Against the odds, a semi-finalist the previous week at the Dishang 2020 Men’s Cup in Weihai when commencing play the no.12 seed; one week later at the Bank of Communications 2020 ITTF Finals in Zhengzhou, Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin repeated the feat.
On the evening of Friday 20th November, the no.14 seed, in a contest that brought the second day of action to a conclusion, the 25-year-old maintained his quite incredible run of form to oust China’s Lin Gaoyuan, the no.5 seed (11-7, 10-12, 1-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6) to reserve a penultimate round place.
Moreover, Lin Gaoyuan was a player in form; earlier in the day he had beaten Japan’s Koki Niwa, the no.10 seed, in a most emphatic manner (11-9, 11-3, 11-4, 11-9).
Disappointment for the host nation, a clean sweep of medals avoided. Earlier in the day, Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin and Ma Long had all enjoyed success.
In the same half of the draw as Jang Woojin and Lin Gaoyuan, Fan Zhendong the top seed, beat Brazil’s Hugo Calderano, the no.6 seed (11-6, 13-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6).
Meanwhile, in the lower half Xu Xin, the no.2 seed, overcame Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-3), the first round winner in the morning session of play against Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the no.9 seed (8-11, 11-3, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10).
Not to be left out, in the round of the last eight, Ma Long, the no.3 seed, ended the hopes of Sweden’s Mattias Falck, the no.8 seed (11-5, 7-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11).
At the semi-final stage Fan Zhendong meets Jang Woojin, Xu Xin opposes Ma Long.
A full house for China avoided in the men’s event; it was the same in the women’s thanks to the efforts of Japan’s Mima Ito. The no.2 seed, after recording an opening round win against Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, the no.10 seed (13-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6), she halted in the aspirations of Wang Yidi, the no.8 seed (6-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5) to secure a last four place.
Otherwise at the quarter-final stage there was no stopping China.
Chen Meng, the top seed, accounted for Germany’s Petrissa Solja, the no.14 seed (9-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6), Sun Yingsha, the no.3 seed, overcame the defensive skills of Korea Republic’s Suh Hyowon, the no.16 seed (10-12, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-5). Likewise, Wang Manyu, the no.4 seed, halted any aspirations held by Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6), the opening round winner against Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz, the no.13 seed (9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-5, 13-11)
In the penultimate round Chen Meng faces Sun Yingsha; Mima Ito opposes Wang Many.
The semi-finals of the men’s and women’s event will be played on Saturday 21st October.
Editor: Ian Marshall