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Euphoria short lived

Friday 24 September

Outstanding, a win to remember but short-lived; that was the scenario for Korea Republic’s Cho Seungmin on Thursday 23rd September at the WTT Star Contender Doha 2021 Open.

In the second round of the men’s singles event, he beat Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the top seed and player who had excelled at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, securing men’s singles bronze and men’s team silver.

Impressively, Cho Seungmin prevailed in four games (15-13, 5-11, 16-14, 11-3).

However, in the next round it was a very different scenario, he was beaten in straight games by Croatia’s Andrej Gacina (11-7, 11-9, 11-7).

A third round defeat for Cho Seungmin, it was the same for colleague Lim Junghoon as it was for Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang and Ho Kwan Kit.

Lam Siu Hang was beaten by Finland’s Benedek Olah (10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4), Ho Kwan Kit by England’s Liam Pitchford (11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8), Lim Junghoon by Brazil’s Hugo Calderano (10-12, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8).

Conversely, Lee Sangsu balanced the books for the Korea Republic as did Wong Chun Ting for Hong Kong.

Lee Sangsu booked his quarter-final place by ousting Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan (11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8); Wong Chun Ting ended the hopes of Austria’s Robert Gardos (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9).

Mixed fortunes for the Korea Republic; it was the same in the women’s singles as players strove for a quarter-final place, Japan providing the third round opposition.

Jeon Jihee overcame Saki Shibata (11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8) but Shin Yubin lost to Minami Ando (9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-2) and Choi Hyojoo experienced defeat when facing Hina Hayata (11-4, 11-9, 11-9).

Defeat for Saki Shibata, it was the same for colleague, Miyu Nagasaki, she was beaten by India’s Archana Girish Kamath (11-13, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8).

Success for India but there was the reverse side of the coin, Sreeja Akula lost to Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi (11-7, 11-4, 12-10).

The situation was somewhat similar for Hong Kong in the third round of the women’s singles; Ng Wing Nam was beaten by Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut (11-7, 11-8, 11-9), Doo Hoi Kem eventually overcame colleague Lee Ho Ching (16-14, 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8).

Progress for Jeon Jihee, alongside Yang Haeun the pair progressed to the women’s doubles semi-final, a situation that applies also in the men’s doubles to Japan’s Shunsuke Togami and Yukiya Uda.

Meanwhile, in the mixed doubles, the semi-finalists are known.

Lee Sangsu and Choi Hyojoo meet Jang Woojin and Jeon Jihee in an all Korean affair; Shunsuke Togami and Hina Hayata face Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem.

The mixed doubles final is scheduled for 4.00 pm local time on Friday 24th September.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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