Lau Sui Fei Loses but Wins,
Li Xiaoxia Wins but Loses, Yang Ha Eun Smiles
Korea’s Yang Ha Eun, who earlier in the day had extended China’s Li Xiaoxia, the no.4 seed, the full seven games distance, maintained her form in her final group match of proceedings at the Evergrande Real Estate Asian Cup in Guangzhou on Friday 26th March 2010.
Attacking quickly and efficiency with a high level of consistency, the 16 year old beat Hong Kong’s Lau Sui Fei in six games and in so doing ended the title hopes of Li Xiaoxia.
The latter concluded her group stage matches in impressive style recording a straight games win over India’s Poulomi Ghatak but it was not sufficient save her neck.
In the previous series of matches, she had suffered defeat at the hands of Lau Sui Fei in five games; therefore, on games ratio, Lau Sui Fei finished in first place with Yang Ha Eun second and Li Xiaoxia third; all three players defeated Poulomi Ghatak.
“I had played Lau Sui Fei twice before, won one and lost one”, explained a smiling Yang Ha Eun. “The first time we played it was difficult to return her services but today I was confident when receiving service.”
Lau Sui Fei specialises in the art of the difficult service, her high thrown service technique being her trademark.
“Also, I was confident in the rallies and I could win points by switching the direction of from my backhand to the middle and then wide to her backhand”, explained Yang Ha Eun. “Also, I tried to play my topspin strokes with a high level of topspin because she is good at blocking when the rallies are fast”.
Yang Ha Eun succeeded in impressive style.
The players finishing in first and second places in each group progress to compete for places one to eight, the third and fourth placed competitors play for places nine to sixteen.
Top Three Succeed
Sadness for Li Xiaoxia but not for the top three seeds with colleagues Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning plus Singapore’s Feng Tianwei; all concluding the first stage of proceedings unbeaten.
In the final series of matches Liu Shiwen, seeded no.1, defeated Japan’s Yuri Yamanashi, Feng Tianwei, seeded no.2, overcame Iran’s Neda Shahsavari whilst Ding Ning, seeded no.3, defeated Malaysia’s Beh Lee Wei.
Success for Wang Yue Gu and Huang Yi-Hua
Meanwhile in the remaining matches that brought the first stage of the Women’s Singles event to an end; Singapore’s Wang Yue Gu defeated Hong Kong’s Zhang Rui and Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yi-Hua overcame Japan’s Misako Wakamiya.