SEAMASTER 2019 ITTF WORLD TOUR PLATINUM AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Thursday 11th July
Repeat success, once again Wang Chuqin ousts Tomokazu Harimoto
Upsetting the seeding the previous week at the quarter-final stage in Busan by overcoming Tomokazu Harimoto; China’s Wang Chuqin repeated the feat on Thursday 11th July in Geelong.
Required to qualify, he ousted the Japanese teenager, the no.4 seed, in straight games (12-10, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6) in their first round encounter at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open.
Defeat for Tomokazu Harimoto contrary to status, it was the same for colleagues Koki Niwa and Jun Mizutani; Koki Niwa, the no.12 seed, lost to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju (9-11,11-5, 12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6), Jun Mizutani, the no.13 seed, was beaten by Denmark’s Jonathan Groth(13-11, 11-8, 9-11, 3-11, 17-15, 13-11).
Upsets but not amongst the leading names; China’s Fan Zhendong emerged successful but only just; he needed the full seven games to beat Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson (11-6, 8-11, 11-1, 8-11, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6). Rather differently, Lin Gaoyuan, the no.2 seed, was in the fast lane; he accounted for Chinese colleague, Sun Wen in straight games(11-2, 11-5, 11-1, 11-3). Not to be outdone Xu Xin, the no.3 seed, emulated his compatriots; he ended the progress of Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic in five games (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9).
Upsets in the opening round of the men’s singles event, in the women’s singles, the number of players advancing to the round the last 16 was much greater; including the withdrawal through injury of China’s Liu Shiwen, the no.2 seed and defending champion, no less that nine qualifiers progressed.
Zhu Yuling, the no.4 seed, was the biggest name to fall; she was beaten by colleague Sun Mingyang(11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8). Likewise in a China versus China contest, it was defeat for the seeded player. Wang Manyu, the no.3 seed, lost to Sun Yingsha (14-12, 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2).
Meanwhile, the depth of Chinese talent was underlined. Mu Zi beat Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, the no.11 seed (11-6, 12-10, 11-2, 12-10), Zhang Qiang ousted Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.8 seed (11-13, 13-11, 3-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-6); Li Jiayi halted the progress of Japan’s Saki Shibata (11-9, 11-3, 11-5, 11-3).
Surprises, in addition Japan’s Shiho Matsudairacaused a major upset; she accounted for Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, the no.15 seed (12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 13-10); Korea Republic’s Choi Hyojoo beat Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.12 seed and winner in 2014 in Sydney (13-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8).
Furthermore, Ding Ning nearly bid farewell. The no.3 seed, experienced a scare; she needed the full seven games to beat 19 year old colleague, Liu Weishan (11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9). Conversely, Chen Meng, the top seed, asserted her authority; the Chinese star recorded a straight games success in opposition to Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu (11-7, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7).
Rather differently, in the men’s doubles opening round, Australian hopes ended. David Powell and Kane Townsend, the no.8 seeds, suffered defeat at the hands of India’s Amalraj Anthony and SathiyanGnanasekaran (11-7, 11-3, 11-8).
Otherwise it was as anticipated. Lin Gaoyuan and Ma Long, the no.5 seeds, prevailed but they were tested. They needed the full five games to beat Japan’s Shunsuke Togami and Yukiya Uda (8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6). Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.7 seeds and 2017 World champions, enjoyed success. They beat Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang and Ng Pak Nam (5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6).
Likewise, Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu, the top seeds, opened their account in style. They beat the Czech Republic’s LubomirJancarik and Pavel Sirucek (12-10, 11-9, 11-8).
Few surprises, in the women’s doubles opening round life was different.
Japan’s Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki caused the biggest upset; they overcame the Czech Republic’s Barbora Balazova and Hana Matelova, the no.3 seeds (11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9). Likewise, the combination of Romania’s Bernadette Szocsand Spain’s Maria Xiao upset the order of merit. They accounted for Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching and Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the no.4 seeds (12-10, 12-10, 11-9).
Not to be outdone, Singapore’s Lin Ye and Yu Mengyu beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tzu, the no.7 seeds (11-6, 11-9, 12-10).
Early exits, not in the instance of the top seeds, Chen Meng and Wang Manyu made a most imposing start; they overcame India’s ManikaBatra and Archana Girish Kamath (12-10, 11-6, 11-4).
Surprise quarter-finalists; in the mixed doubles, except for the withdrawal of Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, the top seeds, it was progress as expected.
Notably, the winners the previous week in Busan, Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, the no.2 seeds, emerged successful. They overcame Spain’s Alvaro Robles and Maria Xiao in five games (7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8). Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching, the no.3 seeds and leaders in the Standings beat Korea Republic’s Lim Jonghoon and Yoo Eunchong(4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8).
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Editor: Ian Marshall