2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Yogyakarta, Monday 16th September
India and Malaysia one step nearer
Hopes of a quarter-final place remained in the women’s team event for India and Malaysia following success in the initial series of fixtures commencing on the morning of Monday 16th September.
Selecting Archana Girish Kamath, Manika Batra and Ayhika Mukherjee; India recorded a 3-0 win against the Uzbekistan trio formed by Rimma Gufanova, Regina Kim and Rozalina Khadjieva.
A comparatively comfortable success for India, for Malaysia life was more testing; Alice Chang Li Sian, Ho Ying and Karen Lyne had to recover from a 2-0 deficit to secure victory.
Neda Shahsavari gave Iran the ideal start by beating Alice Chang Li Sian (11-7, 11-3, 11-4), before in the closest fifth game and perhaps the closest ever in an international tournament since the 11 point system was inaugurated, Fatemeh Jamalifar overcame Ho Ying (13-11, 11-2, 9-11, 8-11, 21-19).
It was at that stage the tide turned; Karen Lyne beat Mahshid Samet (11-9, 13-11, 11-7), before Ho Ying overcame Neda Shahsavari (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 14-12) and Alce Chang Li Sian accounted for Fatemeh Jamalifar (2-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9) to complete the recovery.
“I lost my first match very quickly then we were 0-2 down. Luckily my teammate Karen Lyne won the third match then Ho Ying levelled the score at 2-2. I was very nervous; I tried my best to help the team secure the victory. I am a defender. I made some changes during the last game.” Alice Chang Li Sian.
In the decisive round to claim a main draw place, India meets Thailand, Malaysia opposes Singapore.