2019 ITTF Challenge Polish Open
Sunday 20th October
Xu Yingbin surprise winner in Wladyslawowo
Required to qualify, China’s Xu Yingbin, crowned junior boys’ singles champion in early September at the Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Ulaanbaator, emerged the surprise winner of the men’s singles event at the 2019 ITTF Challenge Polish Open in Wladyslawowo on Sunday 20th October.
In an event that witnessed seeds falling like autumn leaves; safely through the qualification stage, he beat Ukraine’s Kou Lei, the no.2 seed (11-8, 3-11, 14-16, 11-8, 14-12, 11-4), prior to ousting Frenchman Andrea Landrieu (11-5, 11-6, 13-11, 6-11, 11-6), Japan’s Jo Yokotani (11-6, 11-9, 12-10, 11-4) and colleague Xiang Peng (11-9, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6) to reserve his place in the penultimate round where the good form continued.
He accounted for, Xu Haidong, likewise from China (7-11, 11-3, 8-11, 13-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5), prior to overcoming Poland’s Marek Badowski, the no.18 seed (11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6) to seal the title.
Success against the odds in the men’s singles event, in the counterpart women’s singles competition, it was quite the reverse scenario; similarly from China, He Zhuojia, the top seed, emerged victorious.
At the final hurdle she beat compatriot Chen Yi, the winner in Ulaabaator of the cadet girls’ singles title, in five games to arrest the title (11-5, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4). Earlier she had accounted for the Russian duo of Maria Malanina (11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 11-1, 11-3) and Mariia Tailakova (12-10, 11-7, 13-11, 11-3) to set herself on course. She followed with success in opposition to Poland’s Natalia Bajor, the no.23 seed (11-7, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8), colleagues Fan Siqi (11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6) and Zhang Qiang (11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5) to reserve her place in the final.
Gold for China in the men’s singles and women’s singles events; in the men’s doubles it was the top prize for Argentina, in the women’s doubles it was first place for Japan.
Gaston Alto and Horacio Cifuentes emerged the men’s doubles champions, at the final hurdle beating Poland’s Maciej Kubik and Samuel Kulczycki (11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8); in the women’s doubles competition, Honoka Hashimoto and Maki Shiomi secured the title at the final expense of Korea Republic’s Lee Eunhye and Shin Yubin.
Meanwhile, in the under 21 events, on the penultimate day of play there had also been success for China. Xiang Peng beat Frenchman Irvin Bertrand (11-6, 13-11, 7-11, 11-1) to secure the under 21 men’s singles title, in the corresponding under 21 women’s singles gold medal deciding contest, Kuai Man overcame colleague Qi Fei (11-7, 11-8, 11-9).
Editor: Ian Marshall