Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour, Hang Seng Hong Kong Open
Friday 7th June
Day 2 Highlights
…………China’s Zhou Yu caused the biggest upset of the day, required to qualify, in the second round he beat Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin, the no.5 seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5).
…………Leading Chinese players were in form. In round two Lin Gaoyuan beat colleague, Ma Te (11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9); Liang Jingkun, the no.3 seed, ousted Germany’s Benedikt Duda (5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7).
…………Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.2 seed, ended the adventures of Africa; he beat Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, the no.15 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8).
…………Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa was the biggest casualty, the top seed in the second round she was beaten by Chinese qualifier, Wang Yidi (11-6, 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).
…………In round two, Japan’s Mima Ito and Miu Hirano responded, both beat Chinese qualifiers; Mima Ito, the no.2 seed, accounted for Sun Mingyang (11-5, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5), Miu Hirano, the no.4 seed, overcame Feng Yalan (11-4, 11-7, 15-13, 11-5).
…………Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.3 seed, also halted Chinese progress; in the second round she beat He Zhuoija, the no.12 seed (2-11, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8).
…………China’s Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan, the no.5 seeds, booked their place in the final courtesy of success again Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting, the top seeds and defending champions (11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9).
…………Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon, the no.3 seeds, accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting and Lin Yun-Ju, the no.2 seeds (0-11, 11-5, 15-13, 13-11) to reserve their place in the title decider.
…………Japan’s Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki recorded a quarter-final win against Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the top seeds (11-13, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9). However, there was to be no place in the final; in the penultimate round they were beaten by China’s Chen Ke and Mu Zi, the no.7 seeds (11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9).
…………Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yoo Eunchong, the no.4 seeds, ended the last remaining hopes of Hong Kong. At the semi-final stage they accounted for Ng Wing Nam and Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the no.2 seeds (5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7).
…………Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching ended the hopes of Hong Kong. At the semi-final stage they recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, the top seeds (6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1, 11-5).
…………Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu and Choi Hyojoo, the no.6 seed, beat China’s Zhou Yu and Chen Xingtong (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10)to book their seat in the final.
by Ian Marshall, Editor