Day Two (Qualification): 2019 ITTF World Tour German Open|09-Oct-2019 16:26

A place in the main draw is the target as play continues in the two-day qualification tournament to gain places at the 2019 ITTF World Tour German Open. There is no margin for error, from the start, the knock-out formula prevails.

Play commences at 10:00 am local time in Bremen on the morning of Wednesday 9th October.

Batra progresses; Party ends for Natalia
Women’s Singles: Preliminary Round Three

Indian Manika Batra moved on to the final round of qualifying by defeating Serbian Anelia Lupulesku in straight games (11-6, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8).

Sadly for Poland’s Natalia Partyka, her journey ended at the German Open with a loss to Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto, who took 41 minutes to win 4-0 (11-8, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7).

Japanese women make hay in the sun
Women’s Singles: Preliminary Round Three

The morning here in Bremen was one of sunshine for the Japanese athletes as both Miyu Kato and Ojio Haruna made the final qualifying round.

Miyu Kato was up against the ever-improving Korea Republican Shin Yubin, but needed no more than 44 minutes to record a 4-1 win (11-7, 11-7 ,11-7, 10-12, 11-8). Haruna, on table 10, had her hands full of Serbia’s Sabina Surjan who took the first game to make things interesting. Eventually, the teenager from Japan was able to turn things around and reach the next round with a 4-1 win (6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6).

Thailand exacts revenge on India
Mixed Doubles: Preliminary Round One

Suthasini Sawettabut and Padasak Tanviriyavechakul caused a minor upset as they managed to see off Indian pairing Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal Achanta in straight games (12-10, 11-4, 14-12).

The duo from Thailand had a lot to show after having seen their athletes lose out to Indian opposition in the singles’ qualifying matches. It was an effort with a lot of grit as they fought over every point. Meanwhile, rising Chinese star Wang Chuqin partnered with veteran Wang Manyu to reach the next round by defeating Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz and Daniel Gonzalez 3-1 (11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8).

Motivation to reach the main draw? You bet!

Flore-Gasnier kick-start French mornings
Mixed Doubles: Preliminary Round One

The French pairing of Tristan Flore and Laura Gasnier displayed a power-packed performance convincing fans of their targets. Facing off against Argentinians Gaston Alto and Candela Molero, it took only three games for the Europeans to establish their victory (11-6, 11-4, 11-1).

Meanwhile, Japan’s favorite pair of Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata were similarly at ease against Romania’s Cristian Pletea and Elizabeta Samara. Taking no more than 27 minutes, the Asian duo won the match 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-8).