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Dramatic conclusion to opening day in Doha

Wednesday 29 September

On duty at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Neha Shahsavari emerged the star of the show on the opening day of action, Tuesday 28th September, at the 2021 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Doha.


Neda Shahsavari the mainstay for Iran

She remained unbeaten as Iran eventually overcame Indonesia in a full distance five match women’s team contest.

In the opening  match of the fixture, she beat Novida Widarahman in (11-5, 19-17, 11-4), before in the fourth contest accounting for Dwi Oktaviani Sugiarto (1!-7, 11-6, 11-4).

The star performer, the heroine of the hour was Mahshid Ashtari. Encouraged by her colleagues, the vocal support ringing around the Lusain Multi-Purpose Hall, she overcame Novida Widarahman to seal the victory (11-9, 11-9, 11-8).

Disappointment for Indonesia but an effort of which they can be duly proud.

Success came in the form of Dwi Oktaviani Sugiarto and Siti Aminah.

Determined, in the second match of the meeting Dwi Oktaviani Sugiarto overcame Mahshid Ashtari (11-7, 6-11, 12-14, 11-8, 11-9), immediately ensuing Siti Aminah prevailed against Shima Safaei (7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5).

Top place in the group for Iran, as anticipated, they were the highest rated outfit; it was the same for the remaining leading teams but without alarm, the 3-0 score line posted time and again.

Four groups in the initial stage of the women’s team event, additional to Iran, it was first place for India, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, in the men’s team event the only notable trio to experience any problems was Kazakhstan; they were examined by the Maldives, a 3-1 outcome being margin of victory.

Mohamed Shaffan proved the player to trouble Kazakhstan; he beat Irisbek Artukmetov (6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4).

However, Kirill Gerassimenko accounted for both Ahmed Khalid Akhyar (11-1, 11-1, 11-4) and Moosa Ahmed (11-4, 11-4, 11-3); Aidos Kenzhigulov defeated Moosa Ahmed (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6).

First group place for Kazakhstan, it was the same for Singapore, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Uzbekistan.

Group winners now enter a knock-out stage; in each of the men’s team and women’s team events, the finalists join the six seeds in the main draw.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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