Australian Open: HACHARD and SAMARA eliminated in the quarter-finalsPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
Japanese players defeated last two European representatives: KIZUKURI – HACHARD 4:0, KATO – SAMARA 4:2
Last two representative of Europe were beaten by Japanese players in the quarter-finals of the singles events at 2016 ITTF World Tour Australian Open (Challenge) in Melbourne: Yuto KIZUKURI – Antoine HACHARD 4:0 (11:6, 11:4, 11:7, 11:4), Miyu KATO – Elizabeta SAMARA 4:2 (10:12, 11:5, 11:2, 9:11, 11:8, 11:4).
The 17-year-old Yuto KIZUKURI, the runner-up of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event earlier in the day, upset no.3 seed HACHARD who beat two host players and one from Japan on his way to the quarter-final stage. KIZUKURI lost in the Under 21 final from his compatriot Mizuki OKAWA who eliminated Frenchman Romain RUIZ 3:1 in the semi-final stage of that event.
Actual individual European champion and no. 5 seed in Melbourne, Elizabeta SAMARA from Romania was leveled with no. 2 seed Miyu KATO after four games, but 17-year-old showed excellent play in the next two sets. KATO earlier in the day won Under 21 Women`s Singles event.