Lau Sui Fei on a High she Serves up Fine Performance to Cause Upset
Hong Kong’s 28 year old Lau Sui Fei was the player to upset the seeding in the second series of matches in the first stage of the Women’s Singles event at the Evergrande Real Estate Asian Cup in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Friday 26th March 2010.
Currently listed at no.42 on the ITTF Women’s World Rankings, she beat China’s Li Xiaoxia, ranked no.7 and the no.4 seed in Guangzhou in five games.
It was an efficient performance by the player from nearby Hong Kong, less than two hours by rail from Guangzhou, but Li Xiaoxia was below her consistent best.
Right handed, penhold grip, using one side of the racket only; Lau Sui Fei is an expert in the art of the high thrown service, clever spin variation and a fast first attack.
The lack of practice and competition in recent weeks owing to recuperation from illness was evident as Li Xiaoxia was not as competent as usual in the art of service receive.
Gaining in confidence and able to win the point quickly as opposed to becoming embroiled in rallies, Lau Sui Fei, winner of the Women’s Singles title in 2004 on the ITTF Pro Tour at the Polish Open, saw an opportunity and seized that opportunity.
The defeat of the Li Xiaoxia was the only reverse of note in the second series of matches in the Women’s Singles event.
Top Three Seeds in Form
Li Xiaoxia’s compatriots, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning both recorded comfortable wins as did Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.2 seed.
Liu Shiwen recorded a five games victory over Feng Tianwei’s colleague Wang Yue Gu whilst Ding Ning defeatedKorea’s Seok Ha Jung in four straight games; not to be outdone; Feng Tianwei overcame Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yi-Hua, recovering from an opening game defdicit to record a five games success.
Wins for the top three seeds and there were also successes for Hong Kong’s Zhang Rui, Japan’s Misako Wakamiya,Thailand’s Nanthana Komwong and Korea’s Yang Ha Eun.
Zhang Rui beat Japan’s Yuri Yamanashi, Misako Wakamiya defeated Iran’s Neda Shahsavari, Nanathana Komwong accounted for Malaysia’s Beh Lee Wei and Yang Ha Eun used her speed to good effect to douse the aspirations ofIndia’s Poloumi Ghatak.