Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour, Hang Seng Hong Kong Open
Tuesday 4th June
Jiang Tianyi and Zhu Chengzhu impress on opening day for Hong Kong
Seasoned competitors, on the opening day of action, Tuesday 4th June, at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open, the host association could reflect with a degree of satisfaction.
Lam Siu Hang, Kwan Man Ho and Jiang Tianyi all negotiated the opening preliminary round of the men’s singles event; likewise in the counterpart women’s singles competition Zhu Chengzhu, MakTze Wing, Chau Wing Sze and Lee Ka Yee emerged successful.
The performances to note were those of Jiang Tianyi who accounted for Finland’s Benedek Olah, the 2016 winner on the ITTF World Tour in Nigeria (6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9) and Zhu Chengzhuwho gave an imperious performance. She beat Thailand’s Tamolwan Khetkhuan in straight games (11-4, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6).
Success for Jiang Tianyi, who had won on ITTF World Tour in 2008 in Brazil and 2015 in Hungary; it was similar for China’s Zheng Peifeng but in a must much more exacting manner. Winner last year at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Czech Open, he needed the full seven games to beat Frenchman, Benjamin Brossier (11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-5).
Likewise in the women’s singles, successful on the ITTF World Tour, winning in 2010 in Germany, two years later in both Kuwait and Russia, China’s Feng Yalan was extended to seven games by Austria’s Yui Hamamoto (11-1, 1-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-3). Also, winner on the ITTF World Tour in 2015 in Sweden, colleague Mu Zi needed six games to end the hopes of Spain’s Liu Xin (11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6).
Success for experienced players and there was notable success for the less experienced. In the first preliminary round of the women’s doubles event, Japan's 14 year old Miyuu Kihara and 16 years of age Miyu Nagasaki excelled. They beat China's He Zhuojia and Qian Tianyi in straight games (11-3, 12-10, 11-5).
Likewise, there was mixed doubles success for a new Japanese option. Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata beat Puerto Rico's Daniel Gonzalez and Melanie Diaz in four games (11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6). However for colleagues Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa, they suffered a straight games preliminary men’s doubles defeat at the hands of Russia's Alexey Liventsov and Mikhail Paikov (11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6).
By Ian Marshall, Editor
Photo Credit: ITTF