ITTF- Hungarian Open Day 3

Hungarian Open, ITTF World Tour Thursday 19th January Report

The main draw for both the Men’s and the Women’s began today with all the big stars on show. In the Women’s Ding Ning, Liu Shiwen, Guo Yan and Li Xiaoxia the top four seeds respectively all progressed comfortably.

The British women had a difficult day out on the tables. Kelly Sibley always struggled against the world number 39 Yi-Hua Huang from Taipei, eventually falling to a 4-0 defeat. Joanna Parker’s first round opponent was the Swedish number one and world number 69, Matilda Ekholm. Parker started slowly going down 2-0 but managed to pull it back to 3-2. Huang then proved she was too strong and wrapped the game up 4-2, leaving
all the British women out of the competition.

In the Men’s draw the very impressive Ma Long continued to show why he is the world number 1 with a comfortable 4-0 straight sets victory over Belgium’s Jean Lauric. Zhang Jike, Xu Xin and Joo Se Hyuk all progressed into the round of 32 as well.
Andrew Baggaley was drawn against the French world number 72 Emmanuel Lebesson. Baggaley put together a solid performance looking very dominant to grasp the match 4-1 and progress to the next stage of the tournament. He will now face Hungarian opponent Adam Linder in tomorrow’s session.

England’s Paul Drinkhall was up against the world number 79 from India, Sharath Kamal Achanta. Drinkhall always looked strong and took a very commanding lead going 3-0, but Achanta battled back to stun everyone to win four successive sets and take the match 4-3.

In the evening session the round of 32 took place with all the top seeds Ma Long, Zhang Jike, Xu Xin and Joo se Hyuk all progressing to the round of 16. Andrew Baggaley continued his impressive run in the tournament with a close match against Hungarian opponent Adam which went the full 7 sets with Baggaley winning the close encounter 4-3. He will now face the world number 4 Xu Xin in the round of 16.

Marcus ADPP


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