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Day1 -Lion 31st ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2018

Lion 31st ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2018

Friday 6th April

Leading names assert authority, Doo Hoi Kem the one surprise

Consistent, reliable and always calm in demeanour, Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem emerged the player to cause the one upset of note as play in the Women’s Singles event at the at the Lion 31st ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2018 came to a close on the evening of Friday 6th April.

Unbeaten earlier in the day, the no.9 seed, she accounted for the host nation’s Miu Hirano, the no.4 seed (6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 13-11) to secure second place in her group.

An upset and earlier in the day, she had given signs that such a performance of note was in the offing; in her opening match she had caused China’s Zhu Yuling, the no.2 seed and defending champion, a whole host of problems. She had win the first two games before losing the next three to experience a full distance defeat by the minimal two point margin in the deciding game (7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-1, 11-9).

Testing times for Zhu Yuling in her opening match of the day, in her concluding contest life was less fraught. She beat Korea’s Yang Haeun in three straight games (11-6, 11-6, 11-7) to maintain her unbeaten record and thus reserve her place in the quarter-finals. Second place finished in the hands of Doo Hoi Kem, who likewise advances directly to the round of the last eight.

First place for Zhu Yuling, it was the same for colleague Chen Meng, the top seed as it was for Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.3 seed.

Both Chen Meng accounted for adversaries from Thailand in their concluding group stage contests. Chen Meng beat Suthasini Sawettabut (11-1, 11-4, 11-6), Kasumi Ishikawa overcame Nanthana Konwong (11-5, 11-6, 11-8).

Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching duly finished in second place behind Chen Meng as status predicted; similarly Korea’s Suh Hyowon concluded matters next in line to Kasumi Ishikawa. In the concluding group phase contests, Cheng I-Ching beat Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching (11-8, 14-16, 12-10, 11-7); Suh Hyowon overcame Chen Szu-Yu, like Cheng I-Ching also from Chinese Taipei (11-8, 14-16, 12-10, 11-7).

Cheng I-Ching and Suh Hyowon finished the day in second places in their respective groups and thus likewise alongside Doo Hoi Kem reserved quarter-final places; for Suthasini Sawettabut, Chen Szu-Yu and Miu Hirano it was third place.

They now join Ayhika Mukherjee, the player who topped the regional group, in the challenge round; the winners of the two challenge round matches gain main draw places. Suthasini Sawettabut plays Miu Hirano; Ayhika Mukherjee opposes Chen Szu-Yu.

 

Calm after the storm, Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan recover

The calm before the storm, at the Lion 31st ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2018 on Friday 6th April, it was the reverse; it was the calm after the storm.

China’s Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan, the top two names on duty, after suffering shock defeats ended the day on a positive note to secure second places un their respective groups and thus passports to the main draw.

Fan Zhendong, after losing to Japan’s 14 year old Tomokazu Harimoto (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8), concluded his initial itinerary with success against Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko (11-8, 11-4, 11-8).

In a similar manner Lin Gaoyuan who had experienced defeat at the hands of Korea’s Lee Sangsu (11-8, 11-5, 11-5) accounted for Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi (11-5, 11-7, 11-6) to bring his first stage schedule to an end.

Good form from Tomokazu Harimoto and Lee Sangsu; that good form continued, both ended the group qualification stage unbeaten, both beat adversaries from Chinese Taipei. Tomokazu Harimoto accounted for Chuang Chih-Yuan (10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5) to secure first place; similarly, Lee Sangsu overcame Chen Chien-An (15-17, 14-12, 11-6, 14-12).

The day unbeaten, for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting, the no.3 seed; he also ended the day unbeaten. He overcame Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan (11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6) to finish one place ahead of Japan’s Koki Niwa; playing on home soil, Koki Niwa duly completed his group phase matches with success in opposition to Korea’s Jeong Sangeun (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8).

Respective third places finished in the hands of Chuang Chih-Yuan, Chen-An and Jeoung Sangeun who now join Iran’s Nima Alamian in the challenge round. Competing in the regional group, Nima Alamian beat Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Al-Abbad in three straight games (11-3, 11-8, 11-8) to end the day unbeaten and in first place.

He now meets Chuang Chih-Yuan in an attempt to reserve a place in the quarter-finals; Chen Chien-An meets Jang Sangeun.

The challenge round followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played on Saturday 7th April.

 

Shock defeats, early upsets in Yokohama

Success for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting, unbeaten after his opening two matches in the Men’s Singles event at the Lion 31st ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2018 on Friday 6th April but of the leading names on duty he was the only player to remain unbeaten.

China’s Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan both experienced defeats.

Four group form the first stage of competition but the fourth group comprises players from the regions of south, south east, mid and west Asia; the highest world ranked players compete in the first three groups.

After beating Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan (11-4, 11-4, 11-6), Fan Zhendong, the top seed, was beaten by Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8); Tomokazu Harimoto having earlier in the day accounted for Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko (11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8).

Defeat in the second match of the day for Fan Zhendong after winning the first; it was the same for colleague Lin Gaoyuan. He suffered at the hands of Korea’s Lee Sangsu (11-8, 11-5, 11-5), having beaten Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An (11-8, 11-3, 11-6). In his opening contest, Lee Sangsu had accounted for Hong Kong’s Jian Tianyi (11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7).

Problems for Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan, it was not that much easier for Wong Chun Ting. After recording a straight games win in opposition to Jeong Sangeun, also from Korea (11-9, 11-6, 11-2), he needed the full five games to beat Japan’s Koki Niwa (11-8, 11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6).

Conversely, in the Women’s Singles event, the top three names, the Chinese duo of Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling alongside the host nation’s Kasumi Ishikawa all remained unbeaten after their two opening contests.

The member of the trio to be examined was Zhu Yuling; she had to recover from a two games to nil deficit against Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem (7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-1, 11-9), prior to overcoming Japan’s Miu Hirano in straight games (11-9, 11-6, 11-6).

Otherwise, there were no full distance duels for the elite. Chen Meng beat Lee Ho Ching, like Doo Hoi Kem from Hong Kong (11-1, 11-7, 11-5), before overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching (11-8, 11-4, 11-4); similarly, Kasumi Ishikawa accounted Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu (12-10, 11-5, 11-7), prior to overcoming Korea’s Suh Hyowon (11-9, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4).

Meanwhile in the regional group, in  the Men’s Singles event Iran’s Nima Alamian remains the one unbeaten player after two matched; in the Women’s competition that honour belongs to Ayikha Mukherjee.

Nima Alamian beat India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar (6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8) and Thailand’s Padasak Tsanviriyavechakul (11-6, 11-7, 11-4); Ayika Mukherjee accounted for Iran’s Neda Shahasavari (16-14, 11-4, 11-9) and Vietnam’s Mai Hoang My Trang (11-4, 11-7, 11-9).

The first stage of play in  both the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events concludes later today.