Global table tennis stars battle it out in Oman
March 25, 2019 | 7:02 PM
by ONA
Photo: Supplied

Muscat: Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus, Oman Open, hosted by the Sultanate represented by the Oman Table Tennis Committee (OTTC) and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) concluded today at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher.

The closing ceremony was held under the patronage of Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al Mardhof al-Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs, in the presence of Thomas Wiekart, ITTF President, Khalil Al-Mohannadi, Chairman of the Arab and Qatari Table Tennis Federations and Abdullah Ba Mukhalef, Chairman of OTTC.

Chinese Taipei Lin Yun-Ju, the no.3 seed, in the title deciding contest, beat Sweden’s Mattias Falck, the top seed (11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8). Japan’s Hina Hayata, the no.9 seed, beat Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the top seed, in the final (11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8).

Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting and Lin Yun-Ju, the top seeds, beat Russian qualifiers, Denis Ivonin and Vladimir Sidorenko to clinch men’s doubles gold (11-8, 11-3, and 11-7). Satsuki Odo and Saki Shibata, the no.2 seeds, beat Japanese colleagues, Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato, the top seeds, to win the women’s doubles title (14-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6).

In other categories, Russian Vladimir Sidorenko won the under 21 men’s singles event beating Artur Abusev in the final (6-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7). Japan’s Satsuki Odo won the under 21 women’s singles title; in the final she beat India’s Archana Girish Kamath in three straight games (11-7, 11-8, 11-6). In the Mixed Doubles Chinese Taipei top seeds Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching beat Vladimir Sidorenko and Mariia Tailakova ( 11-6,11-6,8-11,11-7).

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