2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Yogyakarta, Monday 16th September
Quarter-final places booked
Places in the main draw, the quarter-finals at stake; on the late afternoon of Monday 16th September, Iran and India made men’s team reservations after Singapore and Thailand had performed likewise in the women’s event.
Facing India, in the crucial women’s team contest, Suthasini Sawettabut gave Thailand the perfect start; she beat Ayhika Mukherjee in straight games (11-5, 11-8, 11-6). Immediately following Orawan Paranang recovered from a two games to nil deficit against Manika Batra (11-4, 7-11, 18-20, 11-2, 11-7), before Nanthana Komwong prevailed in opposition to Archana Girish Kamath (7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6) to end matters.
A good start provided by Suthasini Sawettabut; for Singapore, Feng Tianwei provided both a good start and a good finish. In the opening match of the fixture against Malaysia, she beat Karen Lyne (11-2, 12-10, 11-2), prior to in the fourth and concluding contest, proving too strong for Ho Ying (11-7, 11-8, 11-7).
Sandwiched in between Yu Mengyu had lost to Ho Ying (11-6, 11-8, 11-8), before Lin Ye had swung the momentum in favour of Singapore by overcoming Tee Ai Xin (11-1, 11-6, 11-8).
At the quarter-final stage Singapore meets Korea Republic, Thailand opposes Japan.
Impressive from Thailand and Singapore in the women’s team event, it was the same for India in the men’s team competition but for Iran rather more exacting.
Fielding the tried and trusted trio of Sharath Kamal Achanta, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai; a 3-0 win was recorded in opposition to Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul, Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon and Yanapong Panagitgun.
Meanwhile, for Iran, it was a 3-1 success was the victory margin when facing DPR Korea; the star of the show being Noshad Alamiyan. In the opening match of the fixture he recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Ham Yu Song (6-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9), before returning in the fourth contest to overcome An Ji Song (6-11, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9, 11-5) to close the curtain.
Sandwiched in between Nima Alamian accounted for An Ji Song (13-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-3), Amir Hossein Hodaei experienced defeat at the hands of Kim Ok Chan (11-6, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5).
In the round of the last eight India meets Japan, Iran opposes Chinese Taipei.