Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour, Hang Seng Hong Kong Open
Tuesday 4th June
Noteworthy names appeared in action on the opening day of qualification, Tuesday 4th June, at Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour, Hang Seng Hong Kong Open.
All emerged successful but not without some moments of alarm.
It was to some extent a day to breathe a sigh of relief
Men’s Singles: Preliminary Round One
…………Winner last year at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Czech Open, China’s Zheng Peifeng, needed the full seven games to beat Frenchman, Benjamin Brossier (11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-5).
…………ITTF World Tour winner in 2008 in Brazil and 2015 in Hungary, Jiang Tianyi flew the flag for Hong Kong; rather less dramatically he accounted for Finland’s Benedek Olah, the 2016 winner in Nigeria.
Women’s Singles: Preliminary Round One
…………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 YuiHamamoto (11-1, 1-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-3).
…………Winner on the ITTF World Tour in 2015 in Sweden, China’s 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).
…………Zhu Chengzhu was the player in form for Hong Kong; she beat Thailand’s Tamolwan Khetkhuan in straight games (11-4, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6).
…………Closest match of the round was the win recorded by Hong Kong’s Mak Tze Wing; she beat India’s Krittwika Roy (11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 4-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9).
Men’s Doubles: Preliminary Round One
…………Japan's 14 year old Miyuu Kihara and 16 years of age Miyu Nagasaki shone. They beat China's He Zhuojia and Qian Tianyi in straight games (11-3, 12-10, 11-5).
Mixed Doubles: Preliminary Round One
…………A new mixed doubles option for Japan; TomokazuHarimoto and Hina Hayata beat Puerto Rico's Daniel Gonzalez and Melanie Diaz in four games (11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6).
by Ian Marshall, Editor