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Friday 16th June


Japan versus China, the Men’s Doubles final

The host nation versus Japan; following the conclusion of the Men’s Doubles quarter-finals on Friday 16th June, that will be will be the title deciding match at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open in Tokyo.

However, the actual names of the players involved, has yet to be determined; that is still in the melting pot.

In the top half of the draw it was success for Japan with Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima justifying their top seeded position, whilst colleagues Koki Niwa and Maharu Yoshimura, the no.6 seeds, caused somewhat of a surprise.

Impressively Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An and Chiang Hung-Chieh, the no.5 seeds (11-4, 11-7, 13-11); Koki Niwa and Maharu Yoshimura accounted for Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting, the no.4 seeds (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the lower half of the draw, Ma Long and Xu Xin, the no.2 seeds, imposed their authority on proceedings. The 2011 World champions beat Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Karlsson, the no.7 seeds and runners up earlier this year in Doha (10-12, 11-1, 11-5, 11-6).

At the semi-final stage Ma Long and Xu Xin will confront the recently crowned Asian champions, Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan. In a contest between two pairs who had been required to compete in the qualification tournament. In a hard fought contest, the Chinese duo staved off a spirited recovery by Korea’s Kim Minseok and Lim Jonghoon, to secure a full distance five games win (11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6).

The semi-final stage of the Men’s Doubles event is scheduled for the morning g session of play on the penultimate day of action, Saturday 17th June, the final for later in the day in the evening session.


Top seeds progress but in different fashions

Titles to their credit, the top two seeds in the Women’s Doubles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open in Tokyo both emerged successful in their quarter-final duels on the morning of Friday 16th June.

However, they emerged successful in somewhat contrasting fashions.

Three times winners on the ITTF World Tour, the host nation’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato, the top seeds, employed their defensive attributes to good effect to beat Chinese Taipei qualifiers Cheng Hsien-Tu and Lin Chia-Chi in three straight games (11-9, 11-9, 11-8).

However, for Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun, the no.2 seeds, it was a much more exacting affair; they needed the full five games to overcome the Romanian combination of Elizabeta Samara and Bernadette Szocs, the no.7 seeds (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5).

Wins as status advised and it was very much the same scenario in the two remaining last eight duels, with the partnership formed by Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng I-Ching, the no.4 seeds and like Cheng Hsien-Tu and Lin Chia-Chi from Chinese Taipei.

They overcame the German partnership of Han Ying and Shan Xiaona, the no.3 seeds, in straight games (11-6, 11-7, 11-6), each player able to adapt to the defensive skills of Han Ying and the pen-hold attacking play of Shan Xiaona.

Meanwhile, in the one remaining quarter-final duel; the all Chinese contest witnessed success for Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha. They overcame fellow qualifiers, Chen Ke and Wang Manyu in four games (11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7).

At the semi-final stage Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato meet Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha; Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng I-Ching oppose Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun.

The semi-finals are scheduled for 11.00am (local time) on Saturday 17th June.