2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Friday 20th September
Facing defeat, experience counts, Ding Ning survives
International experience counted on the morning of Friday 20th September in the third round of the women’s singles event at the 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Yogyakarta, Ding Ning the no.2 seed and reigning Olympic champion, stared defeat in the face.
Opposing DPR Korea’s Cha Hyo Sim, the no.22 seed, likewise a left hander, Ding Ning trailed by two games to one and 6-9 in the fourth. She won the next four points before on her second game point gaining success; those vital points changed the nature of the contest, Ding Ning secured the next two games (7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-7).
“I have never played against her before. She seldom plays in international events. We both are left handers, so the match is more about the backhand strokes; her shots are of high quality. So, at the beginning, I could not catch her rhythm and lost the first two games very quickly. After 0-2 down, I did not give up and just want to come back point by point. I want to slow down the rhythm a little bit.” Ding Ning
No upset but there as the third round of the women’s singles event advanced. Korea Republic’s 15 year old Shin Yubin, the n.26 seed, beat Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.8 seed (11-2, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8); Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching, the no.19 seed accounted for Suh Hyowon, the no.11 seed and like Shin Yubin from Korea Republic (3-11, 12-10, 14-12, 11-8).
Surprise defeats but not for the very elite names; alongside Ding Ning, colleague Chen Meng, the top seed, beat Hong Kong’s Zhu Chengzhu (11-6, 11-8, 11-7). Likewise, Wang Manyu, the no.3 seed, accounted for Singapore’s Yu Mengyu )9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6); Liu Shiwen, the no.4 seed, ended the hopes of Japan’s Saki Shibata (11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10).
Similarly, in the fourth round of the men’s singles event, the starl names enjyed success, the Chinese trio of Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan setting the example.
Xu Xin, the top seed, beat Iran’s Amir Hossein Hodaei (11-5, 11-5, 11-3), Fan Zhendong, the no.2 seed, accounted for Malaysia’s Javen Choong (11-3, 11-4, 11-6); Lin Gaoyuan, the no.3 seed, overcame Japan’s Yukiya Uda (11-6, 11-4, 11-7), Likewise, Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed, was in the fast lane, he halted the adventures of Jean Mari Nayre from the Philippines (11-7, 11-1, 11-5).
Two further rounds follow in both the men’s singles and women’s singles events; at the end of the day the semi-finalists will be known.