Winner earlier in the year of the Under 21 Men’s Singles title at the GAC GROUP 2012 Kuwait Open; Iran’s 20 year old Noshad Alamiyan caused the biggest sensation of the year on the morning of Saturday 7th April at the GAC Toyota (Camry) Asian Cup in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
He recovered from an opening game deficit to beat the host nation’s Wang Liqin, the second seed, in five games in their quarter-final Men’s Singles encounter in the Tianhe Stadium.
Noshad Alamiyan won 9-11, 15-13, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10.
It was a quite stunning performance.
Noshad Alamiyan currently stands at a career high no.82 on the Men’s World Ranking list, against the former world no.1 who is presently listed at no.9.
Struggled to Qualify
Furthermore, one day earlier, Noshad Alamiyan had struggled to book a quarter-final place; he had finished in third place in his group; ahead of the out-of-sorts Korean Seo Hyun Deok but behind Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan and Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura.
He had only qualified for the quarter-finals by winning the Challenge Round contest against Hong Kong’s Wong Chun-Ting.
Conversely, Wang Liqin had finished in first place in his group without a hair out of place, recording comfortable victories against Korea’s Lee Sang Su, Wong Chun-Ting and Singapore’s Li Hu.
All Guns Blazing
Against Wang Liqin, Noshad Alamiyan started all guns blazing; in the first game he went ahead 8-4 before Wang Liqin recovered to win seven of the next eight points.
Surely, the three times Men’s Singles World champion, had weathered the storm; quite the reverse, the storm never blew out.
Noshad Alamiyan snapped at the heels of Wang Liqin like a terrier; he took the odd risk with outrageous backhands bringing a look of disbelief from the brow of Wang Liqin.
Equally Wang Liqin made uncharacteristic top spin errors but nothing should detract from the efforts of the Iranian.
He was not overawed by the occasion or the pedigree of his adversary; Noshad Alamiyan, who has never progressed beyond the second round of a Men’s Singles event on the ITTF Pro Tour or GAC GROUP World Tour, beat the man who has no less the 21 ITTF Pro Tour Men’s Singles titles to his credit and has won the Men’s Singles title at the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals three times!
Noshad Alamiyan the Guangzhou crowd, an amazing performance, for Iran a day to remember.
Third Seed Departs
Defeat for the second seed at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles event and also there was defeat for the no.3 seed; Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan was beaten by 18 year old Maharu Yoshimura (13-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 3-11, 7-11, 11-6).
Maharu Yoshimura currently stands at no.135 on the Men’s World Rankings; Chuang Chih-Yuan is at no.11.
The outcome was that Wang Liqin faced Chuang Chih-Yuan in the fifth to eight place contests! Wang Liqin won in five games (11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9).