Lion 32nd ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2019
Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April
Mahshid Ashtari causes early upset
Present at the recent Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open in Muscat but no place in the main draw, Iran’s Mahshid Ashtsari caused a major upset as play commenced in the women’s event at the Lion 32nd ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup Yokohama 2019.
She performed a quite stunning recovery to beat India’s Manika Batra, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion in five games (10-12, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6).
After losing the second game comfortably, victory appeared a forlorn hope but the 18 year old found answers.
“I played really well today. I was able to beat her, the top player of India. I led 7-3 in the first game but I lost; when I was 0-2 behind, I changed the tactic. I tried to play my forehand topspin against her backhand and this tactic worked.” Mahshid Ashtari
A shock win for Mahshid Ashtsari who is presently listed at no.163 on the women’s world rankings, as opposed to Manika Batra named at no.56; in the corresponding contest there were no such problems for Singapore’s Lin Ye, she overcame Qatar’s Maha Faramarzi in straight games (11-2, 11-4, 11-6).
Success for Lin Ye in the regional group where the winner only advances to the preliminary round; in the top three groups in which the seeded players feature, it was success as status advised.
China’s Zhu Yuling, the top seed and defending champion, beat Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem (11-7, 11-9, 11-3), in the same group, Japan’s Miu Hirano accounted for Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut (11-3, 11-7, 11-5).
Imposing from Zhu Yuling, it was the same from colleague Chen Meng, the no.2 seed, she overcame Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee (11-3, 13-11, 11-4); similarly, Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-China accounted for Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching (15-17, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5).
Meanwhile, in the one remaining group, the host nation’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.3 seed, made the ideal start by causing the Korea Republic more pain, she beat Su Hyowon (11-8, 11-4, 11-9); not to be overshadowed Singapore’s Feng Tianwei defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu (11-2, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6).