Two choices, the easy way or the hard way; on Tuesday 21st September in the men’s singles qualification tournament for a place in the WTT Star Contender Doha 2021 event, the latter option was the one taken by Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang.
Lam Siu Hang, a testing route
In his first match of the day, he recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Japan’s Hiroto Shinozuka (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7), before booking his place in the main draw in an even closer manner. He accounted for Frenchman, Alexandre Cassin by the very narrowest of margins (5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10).
Progress for Lam Siu Hang, it was the same for Korea Republic’s Cho Seungmin and Japan’s Shunsuke Togami, both overcoming familiar opposition.
After beating Frenchman Irvin Bertrand (11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7), Cho Seungmin accounted colleague Jang Seongil (11-3, 11-5, 11-7).
Success against a compatriot, for Shunsuke Togami, he must have wondered if he was competing in the Japanese National Championships! He beat Yuto Muramatsu (11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5), prior to ending the hopes of Yuto Kizukuri in a similar manner (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6).
Places in the main draw booked; alas for Iran’s Amir Hossein Hodaei, Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit and Chinese Taipei’s Lia Cheng-Ting, it was one step short. All were beaten in the third and concluding preliminary round.
Amir Hossein Hodaei lost to Finland’s Benedek Olah (11-7, 11-6, 11-9), Ho Kwan Kit experienced defeat when facing Germany’s Ricardo Walther (11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8), Liao Cheng-Ting suffered at the hands of Portugal’s João Geraldo.
Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yu-Wen and Li Yu-Jhun alongside Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi and Iran’s Neda Shahsavari gained main draw places.
In the qualifying round, Huang Yu-Wen and Li Yu-Jhun both beat adversaries from Iran.
Huang Yu-Wen accounted for Mahshid Ashtari (11-7, 11-5, 11-4), Li Yu-Jhun ended the hopes of MelikaKarami (11-5, 11-6, 11-7). Conversely for Iran, Neda Shahsavari beat India’s Reeth Tennison (11-4,11-8,11-6).
Zhou Jingyi booked her place by overcoming colleague Wong Xin Ru (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7).
Defeat for Wong Xin Ru, it was the same for compatriots, Goi Rui Xuan and Zhan Wenling. Goi Rui Xuan lost to Slovakia’s Ema Labosova (12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6), Zhan Wanling was beaten by Pauline Chasselin of France (11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10).
Problems for Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru; not in the women’s doubles. They reserved main draw places, as did the Iranian pairs of Maryan Farei and Shima Safei, alongside Mahshid Ashtari and Neda Shahsavari.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles, Korea Republic’s An Jaehyun and Cho Seungmin booked places in the knock-out rounds, as did Japan’s Yuto Kizukuri and Kazuhiro Yoshimura.
Play in the main draw commences on Wednesday 22nd September.
Editor: Ian Marshall