The women’s singles final at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender event in Doha, Qatar, will be an all Japanese affair between Mima Ito and Hina Hiyata.
The quarter and semi-finals were played today in the men’s and women’s singles and men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions on a busy day of action at Lusail Multipurpose Hall.
In the women’s singles, Ito came from a game down in the first semi-final to win 11-13, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5, 13-11 against Mengyu Yu of Singapore.
The second semi-final saw Hiyata record a straight games win over her Japanese compatriot Miyuu Kihara 11-6, 11-6, 11-6, 17-15.
In the men’s singles, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov came from two games down to defeat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, with Ovtcharov winning 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7.
Ovtcharov will face Yun-Ju Lin of Taiwan, who beat France’s Simon Gauzy 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9.
In the men’s doubles both semi-finals went the full five game distance with Daeseong Cho and Sangsu Lee of South Korea beating Chien-An Chen and Chih-Yuan Chuang of Taiwan 5-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9.
In the second semi-final Gaston Alto and Horacio Cifuentes of Argentina beat Noshad Alamiyan and Nima Alamian of Iran 11-8, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 15-13.
The women’s doubles also saw an all Japanese affair with Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano winning 14-12, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 against compatriots Hina Hayata, a women’s singles finalist, and Miyuu Kihara.
The second semi-final went the distance with Szu-Yu Chen and Hsien-Tzu Cheng of Taiwan victorious 5-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 against Haeun Yang and Jihee Jeon of South Korea.
In the mixed doubles, the first semi-final was a straight game affair with Ju-Yun Lin and Ching-i-Cheng comfortable victors 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 against Romania’s Bernadette Szocs and Ovidiu Ionescu.
The second semi-final was a less straightforward affair with France’s Emmanuel Lebesson and Jia Nan Yuan of France winning in five games 7-11, 14-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-2 against South Korea’s Jihee Jeon and Sangsu Lee, who had also been in the last four of the women’s and men’s doubles respectively earlier in the day.
The finals in all five disciplines are scheduled to take place tomorrow on table one, with the doubles finals in the morning and the singles set to follow in the afternoon.