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  • 29Apr

    "Koki, Koki, Koki" was the name chanted in unison by the massed
    bands of Japanese supporters as they gathered around table three to pay
    homage to their rising star; a pearl in a sea of talent.

    He did
    not disappoint; in four straight games he delivered the goods in the
    group stage of the Men’s Singles event at the H.I.S. World
    Championships in Yokohama on Tuesday 28th April 2009, beating Khurshed
    Salibaev of Tajikistan in impressive mode.

    Koki Niwa, only 14 years old, won 11-5, 11-2, 11-2, 11-5.

    Comprehensive
    It was a
    most comprehensive display by the young man making his debut at a World
    Championships, having earlier in the year impressed on his opening
    venture on the ITTF Pro Tour at the Qatar Open in Doha.

    The
    rising Japanese star, very much in the mould of Jun Mizutani, delighted
    in the Swedish city of Helsingborg in November 2008 when, the youngest
    player in action, he won the Boys’ Singles crown at the ITTF Junior
    Circuit Finals.

    In Yokohama he delighted again and he delighted his adoring fans.

    Further Young Men Impress
    Niwa
    was one of six young players who have benefited from the ITTF Global
    Junior Programme, to make a fine start to their exploits in the Men’s
    Singles event on the opening day of play.

    Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan
    was totally focused and completely undemonstrative in his efficient win
    over Norway’s Jan Berner; he won 11-3, 13-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 in a
    contest where the young man, who earlier in the year had won the Boys’
    Singles title at the Doha Junior Open, asserted his authority at the
    crucial stages.

    Latin American Joy
    Similarly
    for the Latin American trio of El Salvador’s Josué Donado, the
    Dominican Republic’s Juan Antonio Vila and Colombia’s Juan Restrepo,
    all players to reap benefits from the ITTF Global Junior Programme, it
    was successful start to endeavours.

    Donado beat Sudan’s Mozami
    Suliman 12-10, 11-3, 11-3, 11-5, Vila overcame Kyrgyzstan ¡s Bektemir
    Ysmailov 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6 whilst Restrepo accounted for
    Anders Carrington of Barbados 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.

    Success for Singapore
    Meanwhile,
    not to be outdone by the Latin American trio, Singapore’s Pang Xue Jie,
    who won the Cadet Boys’ Singles crown at the ITTF Junior Circuit
    tournament in Taiyuan in September 2008, also made a fine start.

    He defeated Osvaldo Herrera of Honduras, a young man currently studying in Chinese Taipei, in straight games.

    He won 11-9, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 11:13 am

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