2016 Nakheel Asian Cup: Quarterfinalists Decided, Follow the Action Live from Dubai
Courtesy of ITTF
It was success for Hong Kong in the challenge round of both the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events at the 2016 Nakheel Asian Cup in Dubai in the morning of Friday April 29.
In the Men’s Singles event Wong Chun Ting, the no.5 seed, beat Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, the no.3 seed (11-9, 11-7, 11-7).
Previously in the opening matches of the day, in the counterpart Women’s Singles event Tie Yana, the no.7 seed and the winner in Katikyusu in 2003, overcame the machine gun like attacking play of Korea’s Yang Haeun, the no.5 seed (11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 10-12, 11-4 ), before experience had shone through to guide Jiang Huajun to victory.
Nine years ago winner in Vietnam in 2007 and the no.10 seed in Dubai, Jiang Huajun accounted for India’s Manika Batra, the no.13 seed, the player who had emerged in first place in the group that involved the players from the zones of South East Asia, South Asia, Middle Asia and West Asia. Jiang Huajun emerged successful in four games (11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 ).
The four winners progress to the quarterfinal stage where the players who finished in first and second places in the first three groups on the opening day of play await.
In the Men’s Singles event Singapore’s Gao Ning and Japan’s Jun Mizutani await for the challenge round winners; Gao Ning being in the top half of the draw where the winner of China’s Xu Xin and Korea’s Lee Sangsu beckons. In the opposite half of the draw, the one known clash is that between China’s Zhang Jike and Chinese Taipei’s Chiang Hung-Chieh.
Meanwhile in the counterpart Women’s Singles event, in the round of the last eight, Singapore’s Yu Mengyu and China’s Li Xiaoxia await the challenge round winner.
Yu Mengyu is in the same half of the draw as China’s Liu Shiwen and Japan’s Miu Hirano who clash at the quarterfinal stage; in the opposite half of the draw, that involving Li Xiaoxia, the one known contest is that between Mima Ito, like Miu Hirano from Japan and Singapore’s Feng Tianwei.