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Three titles for Japan, dominant in Doha

Tuesday 05 October

Three titles on offer at the 2021 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Doha on Monday 4th October, all three finished in Japanese hands, Shunsuke Togami and Hina Hayata being the names to stand out.

Hina Hayata and Shunsuke Togami, mixed doubles winners

Together they won the mixed doubles, the duo beating Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin and Jeon Jihee (6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9) to secure the title.

Apart Hina Hayata secured the women’s singles crown, Shunsuke Togami partnered Yukiya Uda to men’s doubles success.

However, in the women’s singles there were moments of anguish for Hina Hayata; life was on the proverbial knife-edge.

At the semi-final stage, the no.6 seed, she was required to save one match point in the fifth game of her contest against colleague, Saki Shibata, the no.8 seed (11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10), before eventually securing the title at the hands of Korea Republic’s surprise finalist, Shin Yubin (7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4).

Earlier, Shin Yubin had avenged her defeat in the women’s team final when losing to Minami Ando, like Hina Hayata and Saki Shibata from Japan. On the third day of action Shin Yubin had experienced defeat in four games (8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 12-10); on the penultimate day, she reversed the verdict (8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7).

Meanwhile, Shinosuke Togami and Yukiya Uda emerged the men’s doubles champions; at the final hurdle they overcame Jang Woojin and Korea Republic colleague, Lim Jonghoon (13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).

Earlier in the morning session of play, both pairs had ousted Indian adversaries.

Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon overcame Harmeet Desai and Manav Vikash Thakkar (12-10, 11-5, 11-6), Shunsuke Togami and Yukiya Uda ended the hopes of Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sathiyan Gnanasekeran (11-5, 11-9, 13-11).

On Tuesday 5th October, the closing day of play in Doha, the men’s singles and women’s doubles titles with be decided.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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