Day One: 2019 ITTF World Tour Asarel Bulgaria Open

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Stay informed with the latest as the main event begins, Thursday 15th August, at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Asarel Bulgaria Open.

In Panagyurishte an intense day beckons.

Japan’s having good day
Women’s Doubles: Round of 16

Following on from their mixed doubles’ success, Japanese double’s pairing for women continued with strong performances. Miu Hirano and Saki Shibata won in straight games against Singaporean Lin Ye and Yu Mengyu (11-7, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7).

Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki had to work slightly harder versus Belarus’ Daria Trigolos and Nadezhda Bogdanova, with the European pair constantly pushing them into the corner of the table for returns. Eventually, Miyuu and Miyu came out on top winning 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 12-10).

Sun rises in time for Japan
Mixed Doubles: Round of 16

Japanese pairings started with aplomb in Panagyurishte, as Tamakuzu Harimoto and Kasumi Ishikawa saw off Serbians Izabela Lupulesku and Aleksandar Karakasevic 3-1 (11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3).

Harimoto and Ishikawa were very strong on the serve, meaning Lupulesku and Karakasevic never really got going. Over at Table 4, Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito did not need to serve as their opponents Hungarian Nandor Ecseki and Dora Madarasz withdrew.

Contrasting start for Korea
Mixed Doubles: Round of 16

It was a morning of polarities for the Koreans at Asarel Arena as one pairing of Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee could not match the winning start of their compatriots Cho Daesseong and Shin Yubin.

Top seeds Sangsu and Jihee were up against the effervescent Chinese pairing of Ma Te and Wu Yang, losing two games straight. Despite their best efforts, the Korean pair could not make it count, losing 3-1 (11-8, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6). Meanwhile, Cho and Shin won against Hungarians Adam Szudi and Szandra Pergel in an intense encounter (8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6).