ITTF- Slovenian Open Day 1 & 2

25th + 26th January 2012

In the Mens qualifying Paul Drinkhall portrayed a flawless performance in the group qualifying winning both of his matches 4-0. Going through in the pre-round he continued his form, and had a tough match against Hong Kong’s Ka Chun Tse which went the full distance with Drinkhall coming out victorious 4-3. Drinkhall will now play China highly ranked star Xu Xin in the last 64.

 


 

In Andrew Baggaley’s qualifying group the Columbian Julian Ramos was not present for his matches due to unknown reasons to us. So it was a match against Belgium’s Lauric Jean for a place in the pre-rounds. In an exciting match Baggaley took a commanding 2-0 lead but Jean fought back to make it 2-2. From then on it was all Baggaley as he showed his dominance eventually taking the match 4-2. Progressing into the pre-rounds Baggaley had a difficult match against Roko Tosic the Croatian world ranked 176. In a close encounter Tosic came through with a 4-1 victory to knock the Brit of the tournament.

Darius Knight put together two strong performances winning his two group qualifying matches 4-1 and 4-2 respectively to claim a spot in the pre-rounds. In the pre-rounds against Taipei’s Sheng Sheng Huang Knight struggled to get a hold of the game and the man from Taipei held his nerve to win the match 4-1.
 


 
Liam Pitchford, another British hopeful, also managed to qualify for the pre-rounds with two victories in the group qualifying, 4-0 and 4-3. His second match was a tight affair against the world ranked 241 Tomislaw Zubcic from Croatia but Liam came out the stronger of the two. In the pre-rounds Pitchford was up against Russia Mikhail Paykov from Russia. He started slowly going 2-0 down. He then turned up the heat coming back to lead 3-2 but eventually losing out 4-3 in a fiercely contested match.

In the Womens qualifying Joanna Parker managed to qualify out of her group after winning 4-2 against Korea’s Min Gyung Kim but suffering a 4-1 defeat against Slovenia’s Nina Pavlin. Parker will now go on to play Lee Eun Hee from Korea in the round of 64.

Marcus ADPP

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