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Upsets at the double, surprise pairs book semi-final places

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Published in Table Tennis
Saturday, 04 December 2021 15:35

In fact, it was only in the boys’ doubles that partnerships who started matters amongst the top four names survived; Romania’s Darius Movileanu and Eduard Ionescu, the no.2 seeds, meet the combination of Hungary’s Ivor Ban and Csaba Andras, the no.4 seeds, for a place in the final.

Awaiting in the title decider will be either Russia’s Maksim Grebnev and Vladimir Sidorenko, the no.9 seeds, or the combination of Peru’s Carlos Fernandez and Nigeria’s Taiwo Matti, the no.14 seeds.

At the quarter-final stage Maksim Grebnev and Vladimir Sidorenko beat the formation of Germany’s Kay Stumper and Japan’s Hiroto Shinozuka, the top seeds (11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5).

Somewhat differently, having gained an opening round walk-over when due to face Belgium’s Louis Laffineur and Adrien Rassenfosse, the top seeds, Carlos Fernandez and Nigeria’s Taiwo Matti emerged from the precipice of defeat to overcome Norway’s Borgar Haug and Italy’s John Oyebode, the no.7 seeds (5-11, 9-11, 16-14, 11-7, 11-9).

First round exits

Problems for leading boys’ doubles pairs; the difficulties were even greater in the girls’ doubles; the leading four pairs all disappeared in round one!

Top seeds, Italy’s Jamila Laurenti and Romania’s Elena Zaharia experienced an opening round defeat at the hands of Japan’s Miyuu Kihara and Haruna Ojio, the no.11 seeds (11-5, 11-9, 12-10); one round later the Japanese pairing ousting Croatia’s Hana Arapovic and Sweden’s Rebecca Muskantor, the no.5 seeds (11-5, 11-9, 11-6) to reserve their semi-final place.

Miyuu Kihara and Haruna Ojio now meet China’s Kuai Man and Wu Yangchen, the 13 seeds.

Impressively they overcame India’s Diya Parag Chitale and Swastika Ghosh, the no.3 seeds (11-4, 12-10, 11-2), followed by success against Slovakia’s Adriana Illasova and Ukraine’s Anastasiya Dymytrenko, the no.12 seeds (11-1, 11-7, 11-1).

Unexpected semi-finalists; in the lower half of the girls’ doubles event, just the same. Rachel Sung and Amy Wang of the United States, the no.10 seeds, confront Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Hsu Yi-Chen, the no.15 seeds.

Hard fought contests, Rachel Sung and Amy Wang beat Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian and Natalia Malinina, the top seeds (10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6), followed by success against Germany’s Sophia Klee and Naomi Pranjkovic, the no.9 seeds (11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5).

Likewise, Cai Fong-En and Hsu Yi-Chen overcame the French pairing of Camille Lutz and Prithika Pavade, the no.3 seeds (11-8, 13-11, 11-5), prior to ousting the combination of Australia’s Parleen Kaur and Egypt’s Hend Fathy, the no.16 seeds (11-8, 11-7, 11-6).

Quarter-final exits

Meanwhile, in the mixed doubles, the quarter-finals proved the nemesis on the majority of occasions for the most prominent combinations.

Romania’s Darius Movileanu and Elena Zhaharia, the top seeds, lost to the pairing of Poland’s Samuel Kulczycki and Prithika Pavade of France, the no.18 seeds (11-1, 11-6, 11-4).

They now face China’s Xiang Peng and Kuai Man, the no.29 seeds, the winners against Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko and Elizabet Abraamian, the no.3 seeds (11-9, 7-11, 11-1, 12-10).

A Chinese pair in the top half of the draw, it is the same in the lower half; Zeng Beixun and Wu Yangchen, the no.30 seeds, face Japan’s Hiroto Shinosuka and Miyuu Kihara, the no.19 seeds.

At the quarter-final stage, Zeng Beixun and Wu Yangchen overcame, Germany’s Kay Stumper and Sophia Klee, the no.2 seeds (13-11, 11-9, 11-9); Hiroto Shinosuka and Miyuu Kihara ended the hopes of Canada’s Terence Yeung and Amy Wang of the United States, the no.25 seeds (11-3, 11-5, 11-50, the second round winners in opposition to the French pairing of Alexis Lebrun and Camille Lutz, the no.4 seeds (11-8, 7-11, 11-4,17-15, 13-11).

The mixed doubles semi-finals plus the first rounds of the boys’ singles and girls’ singles events will be played on Sunday 5thn December.

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