Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik was very much the player to attract attention as matters progressed on Tuesday 27th July at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, a day that witnessed disappointment for the host nation, in the men’s singles event both Tomokazu Harimoto and Koki Niwa departed.
Tomokazu Hariomoto, the no.3 seed, experienced a fourth round defeat at the hands of Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic, the no.18 seed (10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7), later in the day, Koki Niwa, the no.12 seed, was beaten by Germany’s Dimitri Ovtcharov, the no.7 seed 11-4, 7-11, 11-0, 11-7, 11-9).
The defeats came after Jeoung Youngsik, the no.10 seed had recorded a third round win by very narrowest of margins in opposition to the Greek defender, Panagiotis Gionis, the no.35 seed (7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 14-12) and had then ended the hopes of Germany’s Timo Boll, the no.8 seed (11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-4).
Impressive from Jeoung Youngsik, it was the same from China’s Fan Zhendong and Ma Long, as it was from China’s Lin Yun-Ju, the no.5 seed. Alas for the latter’s colleague, Chuang Chih-Yuan and for Korea Republic’s Jan Woojin it was the end of the road.
Fan Zhendong, the top seed, reserved his last eight place courtesy of success against Portugal’s Marcos Freitas, the no.16 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-2, 5-11, 11-3); Ma Long halted the hopes of Frenchman, Simon Gauzy, the no.14 seed (11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5).
In a similar vein, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, the no.5 seed, ousted Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi, the no.25 seed (11-5, 11-7, 11-2, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11).
Alas for Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.19 seed, it was defeat when facing Egypt’s Omar Assar, the no.28 seed; for Jang Woojin, the no.9 seed, he was beaten by Brazil’s Hugo Calderano, the no.4 seed (11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6).
Men’s Singles: Quarter-Finals
The semi-finals of the men’s singles event will be played on Thursday 29th July, the final one day later on Friday 30th July.
Editor: Ian Marshall
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