SEAMASTER 2019 ITTF WORLD TOUR SLOVENIAOPEN
Sunday 12th May
Miyu Nagasaki emerges most successful play in Otocec
Gold in the under 21 women’s singles event, followed on the concluding day of action, Sunday 12th May, by the securing same colour medal in the women’s doubles competition, Japan’s 16 year old Miyu Nagasaki emerged the most successful player at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Slovenia Open in Otocec.
The top step of the podium secured in the under 21 women’s singles competition was no surprise; she commenced matters as the top seed. Impressively, in the latter rounds, she accounted for India’s Archana Girish Kamath (11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9), Hong Kong’s Mak Tze Wing (11-9, 11-3, 11-6) and Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Yu-Chin (11-5, 16-14, 11-6) to claim the top prize.
Rather differently, the women’s doubles victory in harness with colleague Miyuu Kihara was contrary to expectations. The no.6 seeds, at the quarter-final stage they caused a major upset by overcoming Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Nam and Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the top seeds (11-7, 12-10, 11-8), prior to ousting Hungary’s Dora Madarasz and Szandra Pergel, the no.4 seeds (12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5). A place in the final booked, the good form continued; they accounted for colleagues Satsuki Odo and Saki Shibata, the no.2 seeds (11-6, 11-5, 11-7) to reserve the podium’s top step.
First titles at an ITTF Challenge Series tournament or on the ITTF World Tour for Miyu Nagasaki; it was the same for Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin. He won the under 21 men’s singles title. After in the later rounds recording wins against Frenchman Jules Rolland (11-8, 11-2, 11-5) and Japan’s Shogo Tahara (12-10, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7), he beat a further Frenchman in the guise of Jules Rolland to claim gold.
A semi-final exit for Shogo Tahara, it was the same for colleague, Takuya Jin in the men’s singles competition; he was beaten by Croatia’s Wei Shihao (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5), a player in form. He duly progressed to win the title, beating Poland’s Jakub Dyjas in the final (13-11, 7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4).
Similarly, in the women’s singles event, also from Japan, Satsuki Odo bid farewell at the semi-final stage as did Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam. Satsuki Odo suffered at the hands of Ukraine’s Margaryta Pesotska (11-8, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5); Minnie Soo Wai Yam was beaten by Hungary’s Georgina Pota (11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8). A hard fought success for Georgina Pota, the final was even harder; another full distance engagement, in the seventh game against Margaryta Pesotska she saved a total of three match points before emerging victorious (6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 15-13).
Penultimate round departures, in the men’s doubles, it was the same for Iran’s Amin Ahmadianand Miad Lotfijanabi; they lost to Brazil’s Eric Joutiand Gustavo Tsuboi (11-5, 11-8, 11-4), the champions elect. In the final they accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Huang Chien-Tu and Wang Tai-Wei (7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9) to secure the title.
By Ian Marshall, Editor
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