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Orawan Paranang adds name to list, Middle Asia provides the drama.

Saturday 20 March

Thailand’s Orawan Paranang added her name to the Tokyo invitation list; on Friday 19th March she won the women’s singles event for the South East Asia region at the 2020 Asian Singles Qualification Tournament in Doha.
 

Meanwhile, in the Middle Asia Region,

 

 

South East Asia – Women’s Singles

One group, four players, a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the prize; unbeaten on the initial day of action, Thailand’s Orawan Paranang duly maintained her form.

 

She kept the perfect record intact. She finished ahead of the Philippines duo of Janna Romero and Rose Jean Fadol with Indonesia’s Siti Amina in fourth place.

 

Group

Thu 18th March: (1) Orawan Paranang (THA) v (3) Siti Aminah (INA) 11-5, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5

Thu 18th March: (2) Jannah Romero (PHI) v (4) Rose Jean Fadol (PHI) 11-5, 2-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9

Thu 18th March: (1) Orawan Paranang (THA) v (2) Jannah Romero (PHI) 11-8, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4

Thu 18th March: (4) Rose Jean Fadol (PHI) v (3) Siti Aminah (INA) 11-4, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8

Fri 19th March: (1) Orawan Paranang (THA) v (4) Rose Jean Fadol (PHI) 11-13, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2, 11-6

Fri 19th March: (2) Jannah Romero (PHI) v (3) Siti Aminah (INA) 11-9, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8

 

Final Positions: 1. Orawan Paranang (THA) 2. Janna Romero (PHI) 3. Rose Jean Fadol (PHI) 4. Sito Aminah

 

 

Middle Asia – Women’s Singles

 

The focus was very much on Middle Asia. Uzbekistan’s Rimma Gufranova completed her group stage matches unbeaten finishing ahead of Kazakhstan’s Anastassiya Lavrova and Iran’s Shima Safei.

 

Hard fought, it was even harder fought in the corresponding group. One match win apiece, on games ratio Iran’s Neda Shahsavari (7:5) finished ahead of Uzbekistan’s Markhabo Magdieva (7:7) and Kazakhstan’s Zauresh Akasheva (5:7).

 

Later at the semi-final stage Rimma Gufranova beat Markhabo Magdieva, Anastassiya Lavrova accounted for Neda Shahsavari. Rimma Gufranova meets Anastassiya Lavrova to decide the Tokyo place.

 

Group One

Thu 18th March: (1) Anastassiya Lavrova (KAZ) v (5) Shima Safaei (IRI) 11-5, 11-13, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9

Thu 18th March: (4) Rimma Gufranova (UZB) v (1) Anastassiya Lavrova (KAZ)  7-11, 11-6, 12-14, 11-3, 11-7, 11-3

Fri 19th March: (4) Rimma Gufranova (UZB) v (5) Shima Safaei (IRI) 11-6, 11-5, 15-13, 11-7

 

Group Two

Thu 18th March: (2) Zauresh Akasheva (KAZ) v (6) Markhabo Magdieva (UZB) 11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-6

Thu 18th March: (3) Neda Shahsavari (IRI) v (2) Zauresh Akasheva (KAZ) 11-8, 13-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3

Fri 19th March: (6) Markhabo Magdieva (UZB) v Neda Shahsavari (IRI) 11-9, 14-16, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 12-10

 

Semi-Final

Fri 19th March: (4) Rimma Gufranova (UZB) v (6) Markhabo Magdieva (UZB) 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10

Fri 19th March: (1) Anastassiya Lavrova (KAZ) v (3) Neda Shahsavari (IRI) 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-4, 12-10

 

Final

Sat 20th March: (1) Anastassiya Lavrova (KAZ) v (4) Rimma Gufranova (UZB)

 

 Anastassiya Lavrova keeping Kazakhstan hopes alive

 

 

South Asia – Women’s Singles

 

Completed the previous day, one match required, 25 year old Sutirtha Mukherjee upset the order of merit to reserve her Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games place.

 

Group

Thu 18th March: (2) Sutirtha Mukherjee (IND) v (1) Manika Batra (IND) v Sutirtha Mukherjee (IND) 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 11-4

 

 

East Asia – Women’s Singles

Likewise, on the opening day of action, Mongolia’s Bolor Erdene Batmunkh had secured her place.

 

Group

Thu 18th March: (2) Bolor Erdene Batmunkh (MGL) v (1) Doljinzuu Batbayar (MGL) 11-9, 17-15, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9

 

Editor: Ian Marshall

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