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2021 World Desk Tennis Championships – Day 3 Replace

(by Steve Hopkins)

The occasions in Houston have now been narrowed from a subject of 128 to the highest 16.  Thanksgiving Day was Day 3 of the World Desk Tennis Championships and there was motion in all 5 occasions.

In Males’s Singles, Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin each pressed ahead with 4-0 wins and now these two prime Chinese language seeds will face off within the Spherical of 16.  The second grouping will characteristic Lin Gaoyuan and Wong Chun Ting.  Gaoyuan had a troublesome opening spherical match towards Anton Kallberg (4-3), however discovered his rhythm within the subsequent spherical as he routed Tomislav Pucar 4-0.  Wong was the beneficiary of a Koki Niwa upset, so Wong has received three matches to advance, however has not needed to tackle a a prime seed but.

The third grouping has had each of the bracket’s prime seeds advance, and Liang Jingkun and Liam Pitchford will battle on Friday night.  The fourth grouping’s prime seed, Hugo Calderano wanted a comeback to prime Cedric Nuytinck within the Spherical of 64.  Calderano will face Darko Jorgic.  Within the fifth grouping, Lim Jonghoon upset Lin Yun-Ju to succeed in the Spherical of 16 and Truls Moregard, who upset Patrick Franziska, will face Yun-Ju tomorrow.  Quadri Aruna and Kristian Karlsson will face off within the sixth grouping of the Spherical of 16, Timo Boll and Yang Wang will face off within the seventh grouping, and USA’s Kanak Jha will face Ruwen Filus within the eighth and remaining grouping.

If one regarded on the draw earlier than motion started, USA’s Kanak Jha ought to have confronted World No. 20 Lee Sangsu on Thursday and his Friday match ought to have been towards World No. 4 Tomokazu Harimoto.  Jha has benefitted from two upsets in his bracket and in the present day he defeated Martin Allegro (World No. 122) and on Friday he’ll face Ruwen Filus (World No. 37).  These are clearly powerful opponents who’re taking part in nicely – however Jha now has the luxurious of going through two gamers ranked beneath him (as an alternative of two ranked considerably increased).  The winner of the Jha/Filus match will face the winner of Timo Boll and Yang Wang within the Quarterfinals (with the winner getting into the medal rounds).

Many of the prime seeds within the Girls’s Singles Occasion have superior.  Prime seed Chen Meng will face Miu Hirano, second seed Solar Yingsha will face Adriana Diaz, third seed Mima Ito will face Suthasini Sawettabut.  Wang Manyu, Wang Yidi, Chen Xingtong, and Kasumi Ishikawa are all favored of their matches tomorrow.

Blended Doubles continues to be an actual deal with for TeamUSA.  The US/China pairings honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy have each been profitable so far.  Kanak Jha and Wang Manyu will face the Indian pair of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra within the Spherical of 16 on Friday, and the staff of Lin Gaoyuan and Lily Zhang will face the Russian Workforce of Kirill Skachkov and Olga Vorobeva.  Prime seeded pairs Cheng I-Ching/Lin Yun-Ju, Jia Nan Yuan/Emmanuel Lebesson, Wang Chuqin/Solar Yingsha, Doo Hoi Kem/Wong Chun Ting, and Tomokazu Harimoto/Hina Hayata are all nonetheless within the occasion and can see motion on Friday as nicely.

Males’s Doubles nonetheless has two Chinese language groups, two Japanese groups,  and two Swedish groups.  The highest seed is Lin Gaoyuan and Liang Jingkun.  In Girls’s Doubles, the highest seeded Korean staff fell to the Russian Squad of Abraamian/Malinina.  The opposite prime groups have superior, and the sphere which incorporates two Chinese language groups, two Japanese groups, and two German groups will slender to eight for the Saturday Quarterfinals.

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