China Open: Liam PITCHFORD beats Hugo CALDERANOPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum, Kaisa China Open
Actual World No. 58 Liam PITCHFORD from England beat No. 11 Hugo CALDERANO in five games, 4:1 (11:9, 11:7, 13:11, 10:12, 11:6) to reach Round of 16 at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum, Kaisa China Open. Current European champion Emmanuel LEBESSON (France) overcame actual African champion Egypt`s Omar ASSAR 4:1 (9:11, 11:9, 11:4, 11:8, 11:3) to set the clash with World No. 1 and top seed FAN Zhendong from China.
Austrian Robert GARDOS won first two games against Hong Kong`s WONG Chung Ting, but World No. 7 responded by four sets in a row – 4:2 (7:11, 8:11, 11:9, 11:6, 11:7, 11:7). Korea`s JANG Woojin (No. 40) prevailed against Portugal`s Marcos FREITAS (No. 15) 4:1 (11:6, 12:14, 11:3, 11:6, 11:7).
Second seed Timo BOLL from Germany did his job against young Slovenian Darko JORGIC who managed to win one game.
Romania`s Ovidiu IONESCU and Spain`s Alvaro ROBLES secured their place in the Men`s Doubles semi-finals, as they beat French pair Alexandre CASSIN/Emmanuel LEBESSON 3:1 (8:11, 11:6, 12:1011:7). They will face former World champions MA Long/XU Xin in their attempt to reach the ultimate stage.