SEAMASTER 2019 ITTF WORLD TOUR PLATINUM AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Saturday 13th July
Titles decided, Geelong home for Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu
Winners one year ago when the tournament was also staged in Geelong, Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangu retained their men’s doubles title on Saturday 13th July at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open.
Furthermore, even though the top seeds, they caused somewhat of an upset; at the final hurdle they beat China’s Lin Gaoyuan and Ma Long, the no.5 seeds (11-6, 11-8, 11-6), the pair who the previous day had ousted colleagues, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.7 seeds as 2017 world champions.
Thus Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangu secured their sixth ITTF World Tour men’s doubles title in 12 final appearances; the previous they had been runners up in Busan.
One step higher for Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangu than when playing on home soil; for China’s Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, as well as for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Do Hoi Kem it was repeat success, second consecutive titles.
Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, the top seeds, beat Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun, the no.2 seeds (11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6) to secure the women’s doubles gold; Wong Chun Ting and Do Hoi Kem, the no.2 seeds, accounted for Japan’s Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito (5-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-9) to claim the mixed doubles top prize.
Success for Chen Meng and Wang Manyu meant they collected their third career ITTF World Tour women’s doubles title as a partnership; for Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun, they have now appeared in 18 ITTF World Tour women’s doubles finals as a pair. They have finished runners up 11 times.
Notably, for Wong Chun Ting and Do Hoi Kem, it was their third such final appearance as a pair; earlier this year in China they had finished in runners up spot; for Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito, it was their first appearance as a pairing in an ITTF Word Tour mixed doubles final.
Defeat for Mima Ito in the mixed doubles; earlier in the day it had been the same outcome at the semi-final stage of the women’s singles event. The no.7 seed, she was beaten in seven games by China’s Ding Ning, the no.3 seed (11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8).
In the final, colleague and qualifier Sun Yingsha awaits; in the penultimate round, she also caused Japan heartaches; she ended the hopes of Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.6 seed (11-3, 11-7, 12-10, 12-10).
Titles decided, finalists known, in the men’s singles event on the penultimate day of play, the semi-finalists were decided; Germany’s Patrick Franziska meets Xu Xin, in the opposite half of the draw Ma Long confronts colleague Wang Chuqin.
At the quarter-final stage Patrick Franziska, the no.15 seed, beat Sweden’s Mattias Falck, the no.8 seed (11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9); Xu Xin, the no.3 seed, overcame Brazil’s Hugo Calderano, the no.7 seed (11-7, 12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9).
Impressively, 19 year old Wang Chuqin, required to qualify accounted for national team colleague, Liang Jiangkun, the no.6 seed (11-8, 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10), Ma Long imposed his authority; the no.5 seed, he overcame compatriot, Lin Gaoyuan, the no.2 seed (11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6).
Play concludes in Geelong on Sunday 14th July.
Photo Credit: ITTF
Editor: Ian Marshall