Day 1- 30th ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup News
Day 1- 2017 ITTF-ATTU ASIAN CUP
Friday 15th September
Fan Zhendong recovers, woes continue for Wong Chun Ting
Defeat earlier in the day for the top two seeded players in the Men’s event at the 2017 ATTU-ITTF Asian Cup in the Indian city of Ahmedabad; on the late afternoon of Friday 15th September there was a change in fortune for China’s Fan Zhendong but not for Hong Kong’s Wong Chung.
Fan Zhendong, the top seed, beat Japan’s Koki Niwa, the no.4 seed (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10); Wong Chun Ting, the no.2 seed experienced defeat at the hands of Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.6 seed (11-4, 11-3, 11-4) as the run of success for Chinese Taipei continued.
The victor over Fan Zhendong, Chen Chien-An, the no.9 seed, continued his winning ways but against Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit, the no.11 seed, one wondered, as the fourth game progressed, that he may receive a taste of his own medicine.
Chen Chien-An withstood any possible crisis, he recovered from a two games to one deficit to eventually emerge successful (9-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5).
“In the two games that I lost I did not control the trajectory of the ball well; when I was down two games to one I made some tactical changes. In the fourth game I played more aggressively, now rest and prepare for the next match.” Chen Chien-An
After two series of matches, he remains the only unbeaten player in the group.
Two matches, two wins; in addition to Chuang Chih-Yuan and Chen Chen-An, it is the same situation for Korea’s Jeong Sangeun and Japan’s Jun Mizutani. In the same group as Chuang Chi-Yuan, Jeong Sangeun, the no.8 seed, accounted for Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan, the no.12 seed, by the very narrowest of decisions (9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10) to keep his record of wins intact.
Likewise, Japan’s Jun Mizutani, the no.3 seed, continued his perfect day by overcoming Korea’s Lee Sangsu, the no.5 seed (11-5, 11-8, 11-8); in the corresponding contest, China’s Lin Gaoyuan, the no.7 seed, overcame India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta, the no.10 seed (11-1, 11-6, 11-3).
Meanwhile, in the group for the regions, Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Al-Abbad beat Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul (11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5); Iran’s Nima Alamian accounted for the host nation’s Harmeet Desai (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 12-10).
Nima Alamian remains the only unbeaten player in the group.
Four remain unbeaten, Zhu Yuling settles score
The top three names, China’s Zhu Yuling and Liu Shiwen, alongside Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, maintained their unbeaten records as the second series of matches progressed in the Women’s event at the 2017 ATTU-ITTF Asian Cup in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on the afternoon of Friday 15th September.
All three emerged successful without any great moments of drama; of the trio it was on Zhu Yuling that attention focused, she opposed Japan’s Miu Hirano, the no.4 seed and the player against whom she had suffered defeat earlier in the year at the Seamaster ITTF-Asian Championships in Wuxi.
Zhu Yuling extracted revenge in a most controlled manner; she emerged successful in three straight games (11-6, 11-8, 11-8).
In Wuxi, playing fast from backhand, creating angles, Miu Hirano had created problem after problem for Zhu Yuling; quickly, she had found a rhythm to her play, a high tempo. Also, she had employed a wide variety of services and service returns that had posed questions, in Ahmedabad, she followed the ploy but not with the same level of success.
Consistency is a major hallmark of Zhu Yuling’s play; playing more from the centre of the table, she weathered any potential storm and mentally asserted her authority on proceedings. Leading 10-7 in the third game, one point away from victory, Li Sun, the Chinese national coach sitting courtside, called “Time Out”. It was a reminder for Zhu Yuling of what was necessary, keep following the plan, keep the ball on the table; the first game point was saved, not the second.
A straight games success for Zhu Yuling; it was the same for Liu Shiwen against Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.6 seed (11-8, 11-5, 11-6). Impressive performances, Kasumi Ishikawa followed suit; she accounted for Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.5 seed, in four games (12-10, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5).
Three players with unbeaten records and there was one more; Chen Szu-Yu, the no.12 seed, who earlier in the day had caused an upset by beating Singapore’s Feng Tianwei (6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9) maintained her good form and continued to upset the order of merit; she overcame Korea’s Suh Hyowon, the no.8 seed (6-11, 15-13, 16-14, 11-5).
The result means that Kasumi Ishikawa and Chen Szu-Yu are guaranteed places in the main draw; the decision is as to who will eventually top the group.
Meanwhile, in the same group as Zhu Yuling, Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, the no.9 seed, beat Singapore’s Yu Mengyu, the no.10 seed (11-5, 11-8, 11-5); in the same group as Liu Shiwen, Lee Ho Ching, also from Hong Kong and the no.11 seed, opened her account, she caused Korea more heartaches by overcoming Yang Haeun, the no.7 seed (11-4, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9).
Success for Hong Kong, in the group for the regions, it was success for Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut and India Manika Batra; both maintained their unbeaten records.
Suthasini Sawettabut beat Qatar’s Ai Mohamed (11-1, 11-1, 11-4); Manika Batra accounted for Iran’s Neda Shahsavari (11-5, 11-8, 11-6),
The contest between Suthasini Sawettabut and Maika Batra will decide which player advances to the preliminary round.
Fan Zhendong loses to Chen Chien-An
Chen Chen-An, always capable of causing an upset, a fact he proved at the Times Property 2013 World Team Cup when in the final against China he beat Zhang Jike, at the time the reigning Olympic and World champion; once again on the morning of Friday 15th September, he proved he was the man for the big occasion.
Against the odds, the no.9 seed, he beat China’s Fan Zhendong, the top seed, to set the 2017 ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup in Ahmedabad, India, alight. The 26 year old from Chinese Taipei withstood a spirited recovery by Fan Zhendong to emerge successful in five games (13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8).
Time and again we have seen Chinese stars recover to win; in the vital fifth game that scenario appeared more than a possibility as Fan Zhendong led 6-5; Chiang Peng-Lung, the Chinese Taipei coach sitting courtside, called “Time Out”.
Chen Chien-An levelled but the next two points went to Fan Zhendong; the momentum was now in favour of the top seed. Quite remarkably Fan Zhendong did not win another point. Chen Chien-An levelled, before Fan Zhendong served into the net, Chen Chien-An led 9-8. Now the balance was in favour of Chinese Taipei and Chen Chien-An was in the zone; the next two points were secured, Chiang Peng-Lung leapt to his feet in celebration.
A major upset, the win overshadowed the performance of Korea’s Jeong Sangeun, the no.8 seed, who beat Hong Kong’s Wong Chu Ting, the no.2 seed (15-17, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9), a group in which Chinese Taipei enjoyed further success, Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.6 seed, accounted for Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan, the no.12 seed (4-11, 14-12, 11-3, 11-7).
“My opponent Wong Chun Ting today was not in a good form and made a lot of unforced mistakes in changing the trajectory of the ball so I was the favourite in the rallies; the fact we had a break when the lights went out did not affect me.” Jeong Sangeun
Defeats for the top two names; for the third in the order of merit, it was success but a close call; Japan’s Jun Mizutani had to recover from a two games to nil deficit to emerge successful. Pertinently, he beat Lin Gaoyuan, the no.7 seed (9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9).
“I did not give up when I was two-nil down, I had confidence I could win in the end.” Jun Mizutani
Thus on the opening morning of play, both Chinese representatives had been beaten; has that ever happened since the tournament was first staged in Wuxi in 1983? I doubt it.
Success for Japan, in the same group as Chen Chien-An, Koki Niwa, the no.4 seed, beat Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit, the no.11 seed (11-8, 10-12, 11-3, 14-16, 11-4).
Meanwhile, in the group occupied by Jun Mizutani, the host nation’s Sharath Kamal Achanta, the no.10 seed, suffered at the hands of Korea’s Lee Sangsu (11-5, 11-7, 11-9).
Defeat for India but there was success; in the regions contests, Harmeet Desai beat Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Al-Abbad (11-6, 12-10, 11-7); in the counterpart duel Iran’s Nima Alamian overcame Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul (8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 8-11, 11-6).
Chen Szu-Yu beats Feng Tianwei
Successful starts; wins came the way of the top three seeds as play commenced in the Women’s event at the 2017 ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on the morning of Friday 15th September.
There were successes for the Chinese duo of Zhu Yuling and Liu Shiwen as there was for Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa but the player to attract the attention was Chen Szu-Yu on what proved a good morning for Chinese Taipei.
Following success for Cheng I-Ching, the no.6 seed and in the same group as Liu Shiwen, against Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching, the no.11 seed (9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7), Chen Szu-Yu, the no.12 seed, accounted for Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.5 seed, a player with special memories of India.
Two years ago when the tournament was staged in Japiur, Feng Tianwei stood proudly on the top step of the podium when matters concluded; furthermore in prior contests Feng Tianwei had always beaten Chen Szu-Yu. In Ahmedabad in her opening contest it defeat by the narrowest of decisions (6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9).
“I did not quite enter into the match rhythm at the beginning and made a lot of unforced mistakes but I kept adjusting my condition on the court. I did not do well with my backhand but I tried making changes all the time and finally I found ways. Feng Tianwei today also made a lot of unforced mistakes in the match.” Chen Szu-Yu
The success came after Zhu Yuling and Liu Shiwen, the respective top two seeds, had made the most positive starts; straight games wins were the order of the day. Zhu Yuling beat Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem (11-6, 11-1, 11-4), Li Shiwen accounted for Korea’s Yang Haeun (11-5, 11-6, 11-2)
“I made a lot of preparation for the first match. The format of the best of five requires me to enter into the match rhythm very quickly. I am satisfied with my performance for this match. I did quite well dealing with crucial points.” Zhu Yuling.
Comfortable wins, for Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.3 seed who is in the same group as Chen Szu-Yu, life was more testing; she needed the full five games to overcome the defensive skills of Korea’s Suh Hyowon (5-11, 13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7).
Pertinently, in the same group as Zhu Yuling, Japan’s Miu Hirano accounted for Singapore’s Yu Mengyu (11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9). The two meet in the next contest, Zhu Yuling looking to avenge the defeat experienced earlier in the year in Wuxi at the Seamaster 2017 Asian Championships.
“I think my draw is good. The sooner I play with her, the better it is for me. She is very young and I am also very young, so we not only meet here in Asian Cup, we will also meet a lot of times in the future events. I will take every encounter seriously. I will back to hotel, rest for a while. Today I have three matches to play; just play one match at a time.” Zhu Yuling.
One upset, in the fourth group, the one with players from the regions, matters advanced according to status.
Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut beat Iran’s Nada Shahsavari (11-9, 11-6, 11-9); the host nation’s Manika Batra accounted for Qatar’s Mohamed Aia (13-11, 11-8, 11-7).