French pair finished second in MelbournePhoto: Courtesy ITTF
Antoine HACHARD and Romain RUIZ lost from Takuya JIN and Yuki MORITA from Japan in the final clash of Australian Open Men`s Doubles event
French players Antoine HACHARD and Romain RUIZ finished as runner-up of the Men`s Doubles event at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Australian Open (Challenge) in Melbourne. They lost to Takuya JIN and Yuki MORITA from Japan in the final clash of the Men`s Doubles event – 3:0 (11:5, 11:9, 12:10). Previously they had a very close match against Singaporean pair CHEN Feng/LI Hu.
In the final game of the Men`s Singles event two top seeds met, as no. 1 seed Jun MIZUTANI (Japan) defeated LI Hu (Singapore) 4:0 (11:8, 11:4, 11:5, 11:6). It was the third MIZUTANI`s title this year, after Poland and Slovenia.
Four Japanese players appeared in the semi-final of Women`s Singles event. Hina HAYATA eliminated top seeded Hitomi SATO in the semi-final duel, playing full seven games 4:3 (5:11, 11:7, 10:12, 11:4, 9:11, 11:9, 11:9). In the ultimate chapter HAYATA overcame Yuka ISHIGAKI in five games.