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  • 02Jul

    The host nation’s 22 year old Yuri Yamanashi was the player to delight home supporters in the qualification stage of the Women’s Singles event at the Japan Open in Kobe on Thursday 1st July 2010.

    Winner of Girls’ Singles titles on the ITTF Junior Circuit in Fiji and Spain in 2005, she beat 25 year old Li Xue of France, the fifth highest world ranked player on duty in the first phase of the Women’s Singles event, to secure first place in the group and a place in the main draw.

    Furthermore, she won in impressive style; she secured victory in four straight games.


    Yuri Yamanashi in splendid form on home soil  Photo By: An Sung Ho


    Second place for Li Xue
    Earlier in the day she had beaten Hong Kong’s Guan Meng Xuan in six games; second place in the group went to Li Xue who overcame the Hong Kong teenager without the loss of a single game.

    Li Xue was one of two players amongst the leading names in action not to secure top place in the group stage; the other was Zhang Rui of Hong Kong.

    Reversal of Fortunes
    The eighth highest world rated player in action on day one in the Women’s Singles even she was beaten by China’s Sheng Dandan who had opened proceedings in the group by defeating Korea’s Hwang Ji Na.

    Zhang Rui secured second place in the group by overcoming the 19 year old Korean who had suffer the bitter pill of defeat having enjoyed the sweet taste of success some two weeks earlier in India.

    In New Delhi, against the odds she reached the semi-final stage of the Women’s Singles event before losing to Japan’s Sayaka Hirano, the eventual winner.

    Nervous Moments
    Second place at the end of the group stage for two highly rated players and for two others, there were nervous moments.

    Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the third highest world ranked player in action and Austria’s, Li Qiangbing, the sixth highest both had to rely on games ratio to secure top places.

    Cheng I-Ching was beaten by Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Nam in six games who in the opening duel had lost to Korea’s Shim Se Rom in seven games. However, Cheng I-Ching recovered, in the final match in the group she defeated Shim Se Rom in four straight games to secure first place.

    Positive Response
    Similarly, Li Qiangbing was beaten in six games by Korea’s Nam So Mi who in her opening match had suffered against Hong Kong’s Yu Kwok See in four games.

    In likewise fashion to Cheng I-Ching, Li Qiangbing responded, she overcame Yu Kwok See in four straight games to seal top place.

    No Heartaches
    Problems for Cheng I-Ching and Li Qiangbing but no such troubles for Japan’s Yuka Ishigaki and Hong Kong’s Lin Lin, the two highest rated players in action, nor for Korea’s, Lee Eun Hee, the fourth or line or Spain’s Shen Yanfei, the seventh highest on duty.

    All four remained unbeaten to emerge as group winners.

    Source: ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 12:41 pm

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