Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open
Friday 14th June
Upsets abound in Sapporo (Part 2)
Surprises, it was the same in the men’s doubles event, Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang and Wong Chun Ting, the no.2 seeds suffered an opening round defeat at the hands of Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador and Daniel Gonzalez (11-7, 8-11, 4-11, 11-4, 11-8). Also, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.6 seeds, upset the order of merit; at the quarter-final stage they beat Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting and Lin Yun-Ju, the top seeds (11-4, 11-4, 11-4).
Surprise outcomes, in the women’s doubles Japanese teenagers Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki continued to impress; the no.8 seeds, they accounted for Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching and Ng Wing Nam, the no.3 seeds (11-5, 11-6, 2-11, 11-6) to reserve their semi-final place. Similarly, Chinese pairs attracted attention. At the quarter-final stage Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, the top seeds, beat Korea Republic’s Choi Hyojoo and Kim Jiho (11-8, 11-6, 11-8); Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen, the no.5 seeds, ousted Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the no.2 seeds (11-6, 11-7, 11-9).
Equally in the mixed doubles notable Chinese pairs emerged successful in the quarter-finals. Fan Zhendong and Ding Ning beat Korea Republic’s Cho Daeseong and Shin Yubin (11-5, 11-7, 11-5); Xu Xin and Zhu Yuling, the no.5 seeds, overcame Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, the no.2 seeds (9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9).
Also, there was a degree of compensation for Tomokazu Harimoto. Partnering Hina Hayata the duo beat Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee, the top seeds (11-6, 11-9, 11-6) to book their penultimate round place.
Play continues on Saturday 15th June when the mixed doubles champions will be crowned, the men’s doubles and women’s doubles finalists decided, the men’s singles and women’s singles semi-finalists announced.
By Ian Marshall, Editor
Photo Credit: ITTF