Japan beats India to advance to semi-finals


Japan will face Hong Kong, while South Korea will face Singapore in the women’s team semi-final at the Asian Table Tennis Championship today.
Yesterday at Lusail Sports Hall, alongside Hitomi Sato and Miyu Nagasaki, Saki Shibata proved to be the mainstay of Japan’s success against India in the quarter-finals. Shibata won against Archana Girish Kamath (10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-9) and Sreeja Akula (8-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9, 11-8).
Likewise, for Singapore, with Goi Rui Xuan and Zhou Jingyi rounding out the selection, Lin Ye led his team to victory against Kazakhstan. She defeated Zauresh Akasheva (11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 9-11, 11-2) and Anastassiya Lavrova (11-7, 11-6, 11-2). Meanwhile, in the seedings meetings that had gained direct access to the draw, it was success for South Korea and Hong Kong. Jeon Jihee, Lee Zion and Shin Yubin led the Republic of South Korea to a 3-0 victory over Thailand’s Phantita Pinyopsian, Suthasini Sawettabut and Wirakarn Tayapitak.
Hong Kong went on to win a 3-1 victory over Chinese Taipei. The star of the show was Doo Hoi Kem as she represented both Liu Hsing-Yin (11-5, 11-4, 11-7) and Chen Szu-Yu (11-9, 13-11, 12-10). The semi-finals and finals of the women’s team event will be played today.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s men’s team yesterday claimed victories against Sri Lanka and Kuwait in the play-offs. Ahmad Khalil al-Mohannadi was in great shape when he beat his two matches against Chameera Ginige of Sri Lanka and Pitiyage Silva, then passed Kuwait’s Jaber al-Balhan. Qatar’s men will face Jordan today in the play-off for 13th place. Meanwhile, the Qatar women’s team lost 1-3 to the Maldives, but then beat Nepal 3-1 to secure 17th place.
Meanwhile, 10 teams have qualified for the 2022 World Team Championships, along with Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. Represented by Ali Alkhadrawi, Naif Al-Jadai and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi, Saudi Arabia recorded a 3-2 victory over the Uzbek side formed by Abdulaziz Anorboev, Mukhammad Uktamboev and Zokhid Kenjaev.
The player causing the problems for Saudi Arabia was Zokhid Kenjaev. He represented both Naif al-Jadai (11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9) and Ali Alkhadrawi (5-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3) .
Hard at the same stage, things were less stressful for the Kazakh trio formed by Kirill Gerassimenko, Aidos Kenzhigulov and Alan Kurmangaliyev. They recorded a 3-0 victory over Bahrainis Salman Abuhamda, Rashed Rashed and Mohamed Saleh.
A top 10 reached, for Kazakhstan without any change in the selection in the competition to determine a place in the main draw, a 3-1 victory was recorded against Thais Nanpat Thanmathikom, Sitisak Nuchchart and Puripong Saelee.
Once again like throughout the tournament, Kirill Gerassimenko remained steadfast. He represented both Puripong Saelee (12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5) and Nanpat Thanmathikom (10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8).
Conversely, with the same three players in action, Saudi Arabia suffered defeat against the Singaporean combination formed by Clarence Chew, Josh Shao Han Chua and Pang Yew En Koen. The architect of Singaporean success was Clarence Chew; he beat Naif al-Jadi (11-6, 5-11, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7) and Ali Alkhadrawi (11-5, 11-6, 11-5).
Meanwhile, India recorded a 3-1 win over Iran in the quarter-finals and will face South Korea in the semi-finals. India impressively led by Sharath Kamal Achanta, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated Iranians Nima Alamian, Noshad Alamiyan and Amir Hossein Hodaei
The South Korean formation of Jang Woojin, Lee Sangsu and Lim Jonghoon defeated Ho Kwan Kit, Lam Siu Hang and Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong.
The backbone of the Republic of Korea’s success was Jang Woojin, he beat both Lam Siu Hang (11-9, 9-11, 15-13, 12-10) and Wong Chun Ting (11-8, 12-14, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9); for India, the fit man was Sharath Kamal Achanta. He represented both Nima Alamian (11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5) and Noshad Alamiyan (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).

Qatari Mohamed Abdulwahab in action against Kuwaiti Marzook Alrashidi during the Asian Table Tennis Champions at Lusail Sports Hall yesterday.

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