Update day three: Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open

Timo Boll defeated!

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Final

One of the sport’s most revered names, Germany’s Timo Boll has been eliminated from the men’s singles draw in Hong Kong following a full distance encounter against Chinese qualifier Zhou Yu.

Trailing by a two games deficit but Timo Boll responded well, claiming three consecutive games to move to within one from a spot in the semi-finals. However, Zhou Yu continued to show great fighting spirit, winning back-to-back games to topple the third seed by a 4-3 margin (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6).

Journey ends for defensive specialist

Women’s Singles: Quarter-Final

Suh Hyowon won’t be making an appearance in the last four of the women’s singles event after the no.5 seed from Korea Republic fell at the quarter-finals stage.

Possessing defensive skills to be marvelled at but on this occasion Suh Hyowon was simply outclassed, losing out to Chinese Taipei no.3 seed Cheng I-Ching 4-1 (11-4, 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8). China’s Wang Yidi awaits Cheng I-Ching in the semi-finals.

Suh Hyowon out of the women’s singles race (Photo: courtesy of Hong Kong Table Tennis Association Ltd)
Wang Yidi keeps China’s hopes alive

Women’s Singles: Quarter-Final

Staying close the table whenever possible, noticeably effective attacking fast from the backhand with short quickly executed strokes, China’s Wang Yidi, required to qualify, beat Japan’s Saki Shibata, the no.8 seed (11-6, 15-13, 5-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7) to keep Chinese hopes alive.

The second game proved crucial; Saki Shibata led 6-2, the deficit was reduced to one point at 7-6; Saki Shibata elected for “Time Out”; Wang Yidi levelled but at 10-8, Saki Shibata held two game points. Both were saved, both had opportunities to win the game, before at 14-13 ahead Wang Yidi called “Time Out”. It proved a prudent decision.

Tomokazu Harimoto books semi-final place

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Final

The n0.2 seed, Tomokazu Harimoto accounted for colleague, Jun Mizutani, the no.2 seed (13-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9) to reserve his place in the penultimate round.

In the second game, Jun Mizutani recovered from a 4-9 deficit but there was to be no memorable recovery. Tomokazu Harimoto has now won all three encounters in world ranking tournaments. He prevailed at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships and at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Austrian Open.

Tomokazu Harimoto once again beat Jun Mizutani (Photo: courtesy of Hong Kong Table Tennis Association Ltd)
Winning the vital points

Women’s Singles: Quarter-Final

Japan’s Miu Hirano, the no.4 seed, beat Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.7 seed (11-9, 11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9) to book her place in the semi-finals of the women’s singles event.

Never still, always active, it was a contest in which Miu Hirano excelled at the vital stages; in the opening game she was behind all the time until levelling at 9-all; it was very much the same in the fifth, she trailed from the start until gaining parity at 8-all and then converting on her second match point, arguably the best point of the whole match.

Liang Jingkun in control

Men’s Singles: Quarter-Final

China’s Liang Jingkun, the no.3 seed, beat Sweden’s Mattias Falck, the no.7 seed in four straight games (15-13, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8).

Win a close first game and confidence blossoms, never was the adage more true. After securing the opening game, Liang Jingkun won the first nine points of the second; in the third he went ahead 3-0, Mattias Falck called “Time Out”, it was to no avail. Throughout the Swede experienced problems returning service, he could not establish a rhythm to his play, time and again Liang Jingkun, increasingly the more positive player, secured the point before and semblance of a rally could develop.

Liang Jingkun who beat Mattias Falck (Photo: courtesy of Hong Kong Table Tennis Association Ltd)

 

Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Hang Seng Hong Kong Open: Schedule for Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th June

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