Day 1 Continue- 30th ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup News
2017 ITTF-ATTU ASIAN CUP
Friday 15th September
Attack the best form of defence, keeps hopes of Suh Hyowon alive
Fighting tooth and nail to keep hopes of progress to the second stage of proceedings in the Women’s event at the 2017 ATTU-ITTF Asian Cup in Ahmedabad alive; Korea’s Suh Hyonwon performed the recovery of the day to keep the door to the later rounds open.
Trailing 8-10 in the deciding fifth game against Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.5 seed and the winner of the event two years ago in Jaipur, Suh Hyowon, the no.8 seed, won the next four points to snatch a dramatic victory (11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10).
Delightful footwork, the defensive skills of Suh Hyowon are the basis of her play, it is the style for which she is renowned but it was her transformation into an attacking player that saved the day.
Facing two match points in the deciding game, she stayed close to table, attacked at the earliest opportunity and maintained the aggression to totally change the rhythm of the play and secure the point.
“I thought that if I just kept defending then Feng Tianwei would feel confident, so I decided to change and attack, not play with backspin. I didn’t feel tense; I just said to myself keep going, keep fighting.” Suh Hyowon
The win means that Suh Hyowon finishes in third place in the group and thus progresses to the play-off round; the winners of that round gain quarter-final places.
Alas for Feng Tianwei, it was her third defeat; thus the end of the road. Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.3 seed finished in first place in the group ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu, the no.12 seed. Kasumi Ishikawa accounted for Chen Szu-Yu in three straight games (11-6, 11-9, 11-9) to claim first place.
One upset as matters concluded in the initial phase of the Women’s event; there was one more. Doo Hoi Kem, the no.9 seed, beat Miu Hirano, the no.4 seed (10-12, 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 11-7).
In the same group, China’s Zhu Yuling, the top seed, concluded her first stage contests by causing Singapore more heartaches. She accounted for Yu Mengyu, the no.10 seed (11-6, 11-5, 11-6). Thus it was quarter-final places booked for Zhu Yuling and Doo Hoi Kem, a place in the preliminary round for Miu Hirano; the end of adventures for Yu Mengyu.
First place for Zhu Yuling, it was the same for colleague, Liu Shiwen, the no.2 seed, who concluded matters ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching and Korea’s Yang Haeun. In the matches the brought matters to an end, Liu Shiwen beat Lee Ho Ching, the no.11 seed (3-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9); Cheng I-Ching, the no.6 seed, overcame Yang Haeun, the no.7 seed (11-4, 11-5, 13-11).
Meanwhile, the regional group, to the delight of the home supporters, Manika Batra accounted for Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut in five games (11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8) to secure first position and thus a place in the preliminary round, In the counterpart contest, Iran’s Neda Shahsavari beat Qatar’s Aia Mohamed (11-5, 11-6, 11-9).
In the preliminary round, Manika Batra meets Miu Hirano; Suh Hyowon confronts Lee Ho Ching.
Incredible start but day ends on disappointing note for Chen Chien-An
Unbeaten prior to the concluding series of matches in the Men’s event at the 2017 ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup in Ahmedabad, India, the only player in the group with two wins against his name; in his concluding initial phase contest on the evening of Friday 15th September, it was defeat for Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An.
The no.9 seed, he was beaten in three straight games by Japan’s Koki Niwa, the no.4 seed (13-11, 12-10, 11-4); the outcome is that he finished in third place in the group.
Earlier in the day, he had caused a sensation by beating China’s Fan Zhendong, the top seed, in five games (13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8); immediately Fan Zhendong recovered to record a four games win over Koki Niwa (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10).
Thus games ratio determined the outcome; Koki Niwa finished in first place (4:3) ahead of Fan Zhendong (5:4) and Chen Chien-An (3:5). Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit, the fourth member of the group, ended the day without a win to his name; the no.11 seed, in his concluding group phase contest, he was beaten by Fan Zhendong (13-11, 16-14, 11-4).
Koki Niwa and Fan Zhendong progress to the quarter-finals; for Chen Chien-An he must compete in the preliminary round. Alas for Ho Kwan Kit it is the end of the road,
Top place for Koki Niwa, it was the same for Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.6 seed. He finished ahead of Korea’s Jeong Sangeun, Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan and Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting. Likewise, Jun Mizutani, like Koki Niwa from Japan topped his group; he completed matters ahead of China’s Lin Gaoyuan and India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta.
In the concluding group phase contests, Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.6 seed, accounted for Jeong Sangeun (11-3, 11-9, 14-12); Noshad Alamiyan, the no.12 seed ended a day of misery, three defeats, for Wong Chun Ting, the no.2 seed (7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6)
Similarly, Jun Mizutani, the no.3 seed, beat Sharath Kamal Achanta, the no.10 seed (11-5, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8), Lin Gaoyuan, the no.7 seed, overcame Lee Sangsu, the no.5 seed (11-9, 11-8, 11-9).
Meanwhile, in the regional group, Iran’s Nima Alamian cemented first place by overcoming Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Al-Abbad (11-5, 11-7, 11-7); the counterpart contest, Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul overcame India’s Harmeet Desai (5-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4).
Nima Alamian now advances to the preliminary round where he faces Chen Chien-An; in the counterpart contest elder brother, Noshad Alamiyan opposes Lee Sangsu.