2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Yogyakarta, Monday 16th September
Singapore surprise semi-finalists
“We had a lucky draw. It would have been tougher for us if we had faced India in the quarter-finals. Today Chen Chien-An performed really well and won two points for the team. We sent many young players this time; this is their first Asian Championships experience. Our goal is just to train younger players. We did not set up any specific aim here. We are happy that we enter the semi-finals and have secured a medal.” Chiang Peng-Lung
Similarly, for India, it was the third fixture of the day. Selecting throughout Sharath Kamal Achanta, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai; a 3-1 win was recorded against Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alkhadrawi, Abdulaziz Alabbad and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi, before a 3-0 victory margin was the order the day in opposition to Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul, Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon and Yanapong Panagitgun.
Through in style to the quarter-finals, facing Japan, the no.4 seeds, India could not have made a better start. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Tomokazu Harimoto (11-4, 11-7, 12-10) but that was to be the Indian success. Maharu Yoshimura accounted for Sharath Kamal Achanta (11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 14-12), Takuya Jin overcame Harmeet Desai (11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-2), before matters concluded in anti-climax with Sharath Kamal Achanta being forced to withdraw when losing 3-7 in the opening game against Tomokazu Harimoto through sheer exhaustion.
A long day concluded now for the men’s team semi-finalists, a day to rest; the semi-finals which witness Japan versus China and Chinese Taipei versus Korea Republic followed by the final will be played on Wednesday 18th September.
Editor: Ian Marshall