Mattias KARLSSON reached penultimate stage at Swedish OpenPhoto: ITTF
2016 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm
After success against the third seed Koki NIWA of Japan in the Third round of the Men’s Singles Event at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm, the number 16 seed Mattias KARLSSON added another victory to his account to book the place in the penultimate stage. In quarterfinal Mattias KARLSSON of Sweden withstood the spirited comeback of Dane Jonathan GROTH to progress to the final day of the tournament (2-11,6-11,5-11,11-9,11-5,11-7,9-11).
Top seeded Dimitrij OVTCHAROV of Germany needed five games to beat Lim PITCHFORD of England on his way to semis (14-12,11-6,7-11,11-3,16-14).
For the place in the final of the Women’s Singles Event HAN Ying of Germany, seeded no. two will play against European champion HU Melek of Turkey. In the quarter final duels HAN prevailed against Miyu KATO of Japan in straight games (9-11,2-11,9-11,6-11), whilst HU Melk needed full seven to beat Korea’s JEON Jihee (11-5,11-6,7-11,7-11,11-8,9-11,11-6). In other semi final duel CHENG I-Ching of Taipei will meet Kasumi IHIKAWA of Japan. Japan’ s player beat LI Qian today, in full distance thriller (11-4,7-11,11-5,4-11,6-11,11-9,11-1).