MD and WD Finals- Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open
Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open
Sunday 27th May
Asatana avenged, success for Ho Kwan Kit and Masataka Morizono
Agonising defeat some six months ago in the gold medal contest at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Astana, Kazakhstan when being in a winning position; on home soil, Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting extracted revenge.
In the final of the Men’s Doubles event at the the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open on Sunday 27th May, they extracted that revenge in clinical manner; the no.3 seeds, they beat Japan’s Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima in three straight games (11-6, 11-2, 11-9).
Spurred forward by the excited and passionate crowd, Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting secured the first game before in the second moving to whole new level. Brimful of confidence they established a 9-1 lead, surrendered just one more point before securing the game.
They were the dominant pair with Wong Chun Ting very much directing operations in the role of team captain, exhilarating top spin play being the forte.
Two games to nil in arrears Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshma fought, trailing 7-8 in the third game they elected for “Time Out” but the break did not bring the effect they had hoped. At 10-7 Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting held three match points; the Japanese duo fighting for their lives secured the next two points. Hong Kong coach, Liu Guodong, sitting courtside called “Time Out”, the break worked, Hong Kong celebrated.
Notably it was the second career ITTF World Tour Men’s Doubles title for Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting; the one previous success was in 2016 when they had won in Slovenia beating Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu in the final.
Somewhat differently it was the seventh such ITTF World Tour final for Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima; significantly it was their first defeat in a title decider. The only other reverse in a final was in the Seamsaster 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals when they lost to Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu
Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha strike gold
An all Chinese final to commence matters on the afternoon of Sunday 27th May at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open, the decision went in favour of Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha.
The no.4 seeds, they beat Chen Ke and Wang Manyu, the no.5 seeds in three straight games (11-9, 11-8, 11-9).
Members of the same national team, they were not strangers to each other, equally they were no strangers in this year’s Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour.
Prior to the meeting in Hong Kong, they had confronted each other in the final in Hungary in January when Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha had prevailed; just under two months later they had met again in the title decider in Qatar when Chen Ke and Wang Manyu had gained revenge.
In Hong Kong the scales tipped in favour of Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha.
Seizing the opportunities when presented Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha established a two games to nil lead; in the second Chen Ke and Wang Manyu electing for “Time Out” when trailing 8-9. It was a decision that did not prove fruitful, opportunities arose; they were seized by Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha.
Appearing more relaxed in the third game from being level at 4-all; Chen Xingtong established a 7-4 lead, they extended the advantage to 9-5 and at 10-6 held four match points. Chen Ke and Wang Manyu won the next two points, Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha after a moment’s hesitation decided to call “Time Out”; the lost the next point but then at the fourth attempt secured victory.
Overall it was the fourth ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles title for Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha
In addition to their success earlier this year in Hungary, they won in Japan beating Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun in the final, prior to succeeding in Austria when they overcame Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato to claim the top prize.
Articles by Ian Marshall