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Yu Mengyu reverses recent trend causes second round upset

Thursday 04 March

Yu Mengyu reverses recent trend causes second round upset

Required to compete in three days of qualification, Singapore’s Yu Mengyu caused the biggest upset in the second round of the women’s singles event at the 2011 World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender tournament in Doha on Thursday 4th March.

The 31 year old accounted for Japan’s Miu Hirano, the no.5 seed (11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10) and thus totally reversed recent trends; notably Miu Hirano had prevailed in the three most recent meetings on the international stage. On the ITTF World Tour, she had succeeded in 2016 in Poland and 2018 in Australia, having sandwiched in between, emerged the winner at the 2017 ITTF Asia Cup in Ahmedabad.

Success for one qualifier and there was success for another; Yang Haeun overcame Korea Republic colleague, Suh Hyowon, the no.8 seed (11-4, 11-5, 11-2).

Familiarity was no doubt a factor in the outcome, the same may be applied to the win recorded by Hina Hayata, the no.12 seed, in opposition to Japanese compatriot Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.4 seed.

Hina Hayata succeeded in five games (12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4) and thus extracted an air of revenge. It was the first time that Hina Hayata had beaten Kasumi Ishikawa in a world ranking tournament, on the ITTF World Tour she had lost in 2014 in Ekaterinburg and in 2017 in Incheon.

Progress to the quarter-finals for Hina Hayata, it was the same for her colleague, 16 year old Miyuu Kihara; the no.21 seed, she ended the hopes of Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, the no.10 seed (8-11, 11-8, 11-1, 11-9). An upset, perhaps not; on their previous encounters, Miyuu Kihara had won on the ITTF World Tour in 2017 in Sweden and 2019 in Austria.

Imposing from Miyuu Kihara, it was very much the same from Japan’s Mima Ito, Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut.

Mima Ito, the top seed, beat Germany’s Nina Mittelham, the no.18 seed (11-7, 11-4, 11-9), Jeon Jihee, the no.6 seed, accounted for Russian qualifier Mariia Tailakova; Suthasini Sawettabut, the no.19 seed, she ended the adventures of Ukrainian qualifier, Ganna Gaponova (11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 11-9).

The women’s singles quarter-final matches will be played on Friday 5th April.

Women’s Singles – Quarter-Finals

Mima Ito (JPN) v Yang Haeun (KOR)

Yu Mengyu (JPN) v Suthasini Sawettabut (THA)

Shan Xiaona (GER) v Hina Hayata (JPN)

Jeon Jihee (KOR) v Miyuu Kihara (JPN)

Editor: Ian Marshall

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