Austrian Open: Darko JORGIC beat JANG WoojinPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum, bet-at-home.com Austrian Open, Linz, 12-17 November
Slovenia’s Darko JORGIC, actual world no.49, caused biggest upset in the Men’s Round of 32 at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum, bet-at-home.com Austrian Open, as he beat world no.14 Korea’s JANG Woojin in six games. JORGIC's next opponent will be top seeded, China’s FAN Zhendong who eliminated Japan’s Mizuki OIKAWA.
Frenchman Simon GAUZY, Englishman Liam PITCHFORD and Swede Mattias FALCK progressed after full seven games. PITCHFORD overcame former Asian champion Jun MIZUTANI of Japan, GAUZY beat host Robert GARDOS, while no.7 seed FALCK prevailed against current world no.112, China’s ZHOU Yu. Next opponent of Englishman will be German star Timo BOLL who had an easy job against Belarus player Aliaksandr KHANIN.
Germany’s Dimitrij OVTCHAROV overcame Egypt’s Omar ASSAR in straight games to sets up Round of 16 clash against no.3 seed, Japan’s Tomokazu HARIMOTO who defeated OVTCHAROV’s compatriot Ruwen FILUS.
Denmark’s Jonathan GRORTH lost to LIANG Jingkun, while WONG Chun Ting eliminated Marcos FREITAS in five games.
Women’s Singles no.1 seed ZHU Yuling beat Luxembourg’s NI Xia Lian in straight games, as Germany HAN Ying did likewise against host nation’s LIU Jia.
China’s QIAN Tianyi, 19-year-old, upset her compatriot, no.2 seed LIU Shiwen after full seven games. QIAN continues her rise, after recent impressive jump on the ITTF world ranking, from no.149 to no.71.
Тimo BOLL and Patrick FRANZISKA beat Benedikt DUDA and QIU Dang in all-German opening round clash of Men’s Doubles, in spite of being two games down – 3:2 (10:12, 8:11, 13:11, 11:4, 11:9). They will meet in the quarter-finals Jakub DIYAS (Poland) and Cedric NUYTINCK (Belgium) who eliminated China’s FAN Zhendong and WANG Chuqin in straight games.
Top seed in the Women’s Doubles event, Japan’s Miyuu KIHARA and Miyu NAGASAKI were stretched to full distance by Romania ’s Daniela MONTEIRO DODEAN and Elizabeta SAMARA.
Opening round of Mixed Doubles saw surprising victory of Belarus pair Aliaksandr KHANIN / Daria TRIGOLOS who upset no.2 seed, Chinese Taipei’s LIN Yun-Ju / CHEN I-Ching in straight games.