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Progress in style, one step nearer for DPR Korea, Iran, Thailand and India

Monday 16 September

2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships

Yogyakarta, Monday 16th September



Progress in style, one step nearer for DPR Korea, Iran, Thailand and India

Imposing performances, never in serious danger of defeat, DPR Korea, Iran, Thailand and India moved one step closer to gaining one of the two places available in the main draw of the men’s team event at the 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Yogyakarta on the afternoon of Monday 16th September.

All recorded first preliminary round wins without being extended the full five match distance.

DPR Korea represented by Ham Yu Song, An Ji Song and Kim Ok Chan recorded a 3-0 win against Malaysia’s Wong Qi Shen, Javen Choong and Isaac Goh; similarly, Iran’s Nima Alamian, Noshad Alamiyan and Amin Ahmadian advanced by the same margin. They displayed not a hint of charity when facing Bahrain’s Rashed Rashed, Mohamed Saleh and Alyas Alyassi.

Meanwhile for Thailand’s Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon, Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Pattaratorn Passara, as well as for India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmet Desai, life was only marginally more testing; both recorded four match wins.

Focused, the Thai trio accounted for Uzbekistan’s Kutbidillo Teshaboev, Zokhid Kenjaev and Stanislav Tyan; likewise the Indian threesome very much controlled matters in opposition to Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alkhadrawi, Abdulaziz Alabbad and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi.

The players to cause the winners problems were Zokhid Kenjaev and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi. Against Thailand, Zokhid Kenjaev beat Padasak Tanviriyavechakul in the second match of the fixture (11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8), facing India, Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi overcame Harmeet Desai in the third match of the contest (11-6, 12-10, 11-6).

Mainstays of the wins were Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon beat both Kutbidillo Teshaboev (11-5, 11-7, 11-8) and Zokhid Kenjaev (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8); Sathiyan Gnanasekaran accounted for Abdulaziz Alabbad (11-3, 11-5, 11-5) followed by success in opposition to Ali Alkhadrawi (11-5, 11-6, 11-5).

In the fixtures to secure main draw places, DPR Korea faces Iran, Thailand opposes India.

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