Progress according to status; China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, the top seeds, will meet Japan’s Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito, the no.2 seeds, in the final of the mixed doubles event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Such was the outcome at the semi-final stage of proceedings on the evening of Sunday 25th July.
Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching the no.3 seeds (11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6), Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, overcame the French pairing of Emmanuel Lebesson and Yuan Jianan, the no.8 seeds (11-5, 11-6, 13-11, 11-7).
Impressive performances; from Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang, it had been the same earlier in the dayin the second round of the men’s singles. The no.50 seed, he beat India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, no.26 seed (11-7, 7-11, 4-11, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6).
A noteworthy success for Lam Siu Hang, it was the same for Kirill Gerassimenko.
The no.30 seed, he won the first ever match for Kazakhstan in the table tennis events at an Olympic Games. The no.30 seed, he overcame the Czech Republic’s Lubomir Jancarik, the no.41 seed (3-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 11-9, 11-4). On debut in Rio 2016, he had been beaten in his opening match by Hungary’s Adam Pattantyus (11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9).
Success as status advised for Kirill Gerassimenko, it was the same for Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, but it was close. The no.19 seed, he needed the full seven games to beat Argentina’s 23 year old Horacio Cifuentes, the no.44 seed (5-11, 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7).
Alas for Singapore’s Clarence Chew, it was a step too far; the no.57 seed, he was beaten by Austria’s Daniel Habesohn, the no.32 seed (11-7, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10).
Meanwhile, in the second round of the women’s singles, Korea Republic’s Shin Yubin, 17 years old, the no.44 seed, beat Luxembourg’s 58 year old Ni Xialian, the no.24 seed (2-11, 19-17, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5).
Likewise, India’s Manika Batra and Thailand’s Orawan Paranang caused upsets.
Manika Batra, the no.34 seed, overcame Ukraine’s Margaryta Pesotska, the no.20 seed (4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7). Orawan Paranang, the no.49 seed, accounted for the Czech Republic’sHana Matelova, the no.29 seed (9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8).
Wins against the odds, for Singapore’s Yu Mengyuand Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut, it was as anticipated.
Yu Mengyu, the no.26 seed, accounted for Portugal’s Shao Jieni, the no.35 seed (11-3, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9); Suthasini Sawettabut, the no.22 seed, ended the hopes of Chile’s Paulina Vega, the no.42 seed 911-5, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3).
The second round in both the men’s singles and women’s singles events will be completed on Monday 26th July, the date on which in each discipline the third round will commence.
Additionally, the gold and bronze mixed doubles matches will be played.
Editor: Ian Marshall
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