Differing fortunes for Japan, the same for Hong Kong, such was the scenario on Saturday 2nd October at the 2021 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Doha.
In the second round of proceedings, in the men’s singles event, Shunsuke Togami flew the flag for the Land of the Rising Sun. He accounted for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-8, 15-13).
The win was in sharp contrast to earlier in the day in the women’s singles, when colleague Hitomi Sato had been beaten by Korea Republic’s Shin Yubin (11-7, 11-6, 13-11).
Meanwhile, for Hong Kong, Zhu Chengzhu caused a major upset by beating Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu, the no.5 seed (11-5, 11-6, 11-6); on the other side of the coin at the semi-final stage of the mixed doubles it was defeat.
A semi-final mixed doubles defeat for Doo Hoi Kem and Wong Chun Ting
Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, the top seeds, lost to Japan’s Shunsuke Togami and Hina Hayata, the no.4 seeds (11-8, 11-6, 11-7). Ho Kwan Kit and Lee Ho Ching, the no.3 seeds, experienced defeat when facing Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin and Jeon Jihee, the no.2 seeds (7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6).
Meanwhile, in each of the men’s doubles and women’s doubles competitions, there was an upset as play advanced to the quarter-final round; third seeded Chinese Taipei pairs feeling the pain.
In the men’s doubles Chen Chien-An and Huang Yan-Cheng experienced a third round defeat when facing Singapore’s Clarence Chew and Beh Kun Ting (7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8).
Likewise, in the women’s doubles, Chen Szu-Yu and Li Yu-Jhun lost to India’s Ayhika Mukherjee and Sutirtha Mukherjee (11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9).
Notably in the men’s singles, Korea’s Jang Woojin, the top seed, booked his third round place, as in the women’s singles did colleague Jeon Jihee.
Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles, Iran’s Nima Alamian and Noshad Alamiyan, the top seeds, duly reserved a quarter-final place, a situation that applied in the women’s doubles for the leading pair, Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Shin Yubin.
On Sunday 3rd October, at the close of play, the semi-finalists in the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles will be known.
Editor: Ian Marshall