Middle Asia was very much centre stage as play came to a conclusion, on Saturday 20th March in Doha, at the 2020 Asian Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.
The final Tokyo places were determined; Iran’s Nima Alamian, the no.4 seed, accounted for Uzbekistan’s Zokhid Kanjaev, the no.3 seed (8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 13-11, 13-11) to secure his men’s singles reservation.
in the immediately ensuing contest Anastassiya Lavrova beat Markhabo Magdieva to claim the women’s singles berth (11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10).
Meanwhile, in an all Singapore affair Clarence Chew, the no.3 seed, overcame Pang Yew En Koen (11-7, 11-7, 15-13, 11-4) to emerge the men’s singles winner for South East Asia.
Clarence Chew beat Pan Yew En Koen to conclude play in Doha
Earlier, India’s Sharath Achanta and Manika Batra, the no.2 seeds, had upset the order of merit; in the vital mixed doubles contest they overcame Korea Republic’s Lee Sangu and Jeon Jihee, the top seeds (8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11, 11-8).
Editor: Ian Marshall