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World Championships Replace Day 1: Kanak Jha and Three US Ladies Advance

(by Steve Hopkins)

The opening day in Houston noticed Spherical of 128 motion in each Males’s and Ladies’s Singles.

In Males’s Singles, Kanak Jha was the lone US participant to advance (Nikhil Kumar fell 3-4 to Monteiro, and Kai Zhang fell 0-4 to Alto).  Jha topped  Korea’s World No. 43 An Jaehyun in a good 4-3 match.  Subsequent up for Jha is Andrej Gacina of Croatia (World No. 48).  One other acquainted regional gamers ,Canada’s Jeremy Hazin, had an upset win over Marcelo Aguirre 4-1.

TeamUSA’s Ladies had a fantastic first day.  Amy Wang beat German Champion Nina Mittelham 4-0, Lily Zhang blanked Leonie Hartbrich 4-0, and Jennifer Wu topped Spain’s Sofia-Xuan Zhang 4-1.  Canada’s Mo Zhang superior with a good 4-3 win over Jieni Shao.  Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz dominated Greece’s Toliou 4-0.

To date, matches haven’t included the highest seeds – who all had byes from the primary day’s motion.  In Males’s Singles, the gamers with byes included Fan Zhendong, Lin Gaoyuan, Liang Jingkun, Hugo Calderano, Lin Yun-Ju, Mattias Falck, Timo Boll, and Tomokazu Harimoto.  In Ladies’s Singles, the gamers with byes included Chen Meng, Jeon Jihee, Kasumi Ishikawa, Cheng I-Ching, Wang Manyu, Mima Ito, Hina Hayata, Wang Yidi, Feng Tianwei, and Solar Yingsha.

The opposite motion on the primary day was in Blended Doubles.  Headlining the motion at this time was the combined nation pairs the place China and USA have teamed collectively in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy.  The Lin Gaoyuan / Lily Zhang workforce received their opening match 3-0 over Portugal’s robust pair of Tiago Apolonia and Jieni Shao.  The Kanak Jha / Wang Manyu workforce was additionally dominant with a 3-0 win over a Russian pair (Sidorenko and Tailakova).  Different first day Blended Doubles winners have been Sweden’s Moregard and Kallberg, Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador, and Germany’s Dang Qiu and Nina Mittelham.

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