Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour, Hang Seng Hong Kong Open
Wednesday 5th June
Qualification Day 2 - Highlights
Places in the main draw decided, surprise names progressed, it was only to be expected the level of competition intense on the concluding day of qualification, Wednesday 5th June, at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour, Hang Seng Hong Kong Open.
Consider the top dozen or so names in each of the men’s and women’s singles events, there was little to choose.
…………Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, the 2002 Grand Finals winner, was the biggest name to fall; he was beaten in the second preliminary round by Germany’s Qiu Dang (11-6, 15-13, 11-4, 11-8). Qiu Dang maintained his form to beat Frenchmen Can Akkuzu (5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9).
…………Surprise winner one year ago, Japan’s Kazuhiro Yoshimura kept his title retention hopes alive; he beat the Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek in six games (11-6, 12-10, 2-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-8) to reserve his main draw place.
…………England’s Paul Drinkhall won the match of the day, he beat Japan’s Masataka Morizono in a titanic contest (11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11, 8-11, 15-13) but there was not to be a place in the main draw. In the concluding preliminary round he was beaten by China’s Zheng Peifeng (11-9, 14-12, 11-7, 12-10).
…………The leading names booked main draw places, in the concluding preliminary round Japan’s Miyu Kato beat Luxembourg’s Ni Xia Lian (11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 11-5); Canada’s Zhang Mo accounted for Austria’s Karoline Mischek (11-8, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4).
…………Minnie Soo Wai Yam flew the flag for Hong Kong, she reserved her main draw place courtesy of success against Korea Republic’s Choi Hyojoo (11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9).
…………China’s Mu Zi ended the hopes of one of Europe’s brightest hopes, she beat Hungary’s Georgina Pota, the recent winner at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Slovenia Open.
…………Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu ended the hopes of Manika Batra, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion (11-3, 7-11, 11-2, 4-11, 16-11, 11-8).
…………Japan’s teenagers, Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki continued their winning ways; they progressed to the main draw courtesy of success against Romania’s Daniela Monteiro-Dodean and Elizabeta Samara (12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-4), the 2009 and 2012 European champions.
by Ian Marshall, Editor