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Dubai 2014 ITTF Star Awards Evening: Full List of Nominees Announced

 12/18/2014      

The names of Nigeriaís Quadri Aruna and Portugalís Marcos Freitas alongside those of Chinaís Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin are those on the short list for the Male Table Tennis Star of the Year award at the forthcoming Dubai 2014 ITTF Star Awards Evening to be staged on Wednesday 7th January in the Armani Hotel.

Japanís Kasumi Ishikawa, Singaporeís Feng Tianwei, in addition to Chinaís Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen,are the counterpart female nominees.

Now the names in contention for the Male and Female Para Star, Star Coach and Star Point are released.

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Nominations for International Fair Play Committee Awards Welcome

 12/14/2014      

Established in France in 1963 the International Fair Play Committee, known in French as Comitť International pour le Fair Play and abbreviated to CIFP, welcomes nominations for the 2014 World Fair Play Awards.

The aim of the organisation is to promote sportsmanship in international competition.

Annually the World Fair Play Awards are presented to recognise acts of fair play enacted by athletes and teams.

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Impressive Form Maintained, Kasumi Ishikawa Crowned Womenís Singles Champion

 12/14/2014       ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

Outstanding en route to the final, Japanís Kasumi Ishikawa maintained the form shown in the earlier rounds, to win the Womenís Singles title at the US$ 1,000,000 GAC Group ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Bangkok on the evening of Sunday 14th December.

At the final hurdle, she beat Koreaís Seo Hyowon, the ninth seed, in four straight games (11-7, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9) to arrest the title.

It was another stunning display from the 21 year old who surrendered just one individual game on her journey to the top step of the medal podium.

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Exquisite Defence and Electric Attack Signal Journeyís End

 12/14/2014       ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

Delighting the every growing crowd in the Indoor Stadium in Thailandís capital city of Bangkok; Koreaís Seo Hyowon followed by Japanís Kasumi Ishikawa emerged successful at the quarter-final stage of the Womenís Singles event at the US$ 1,000,000 GAC Group ITTF World Tour Grand Finals on the afternoon of Sunday 14th December.

Seo Hyowon, the dancing queen from Seoul and no.9 seed, accounted for Singaporeís Yu Mengyu, the no.13 seed, (4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).

Immediately following, Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.2 seed, ended the hopes of Georgina Pota, the no.10 seed (11-6, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5).

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History Written in Bangkok, Youngest Ever Grand Finals Winners

 12/13/2014       ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

Winners earlier in the year of the Womenís Doubles event at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour German Open in Magdeburg; Japanís Miu Hirano and Mima Ito repeated that success on the evening of Saturday 13th December at the US$ 1,000,000 GAC Group Grand Finals in Bangkok, Thailand.

Furthermore, they beat the pair they had overcome in Magdeburg to secure the US$ 40,000 first prize.

In the German city they accounted for Polandís Katarzyna Grzybowska and Natalia Partyka in three straight games in the final (11-9, 11-7, 11-7); likewise in Bangkok they succeeded without surrendering a single game (11-7, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5).

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Jun Mizutani and Marcos Freitas Find Form, Book Semi-Final Places

 12/13/2014       ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

Success came the way of Japanís Jun Mizutani and Portugalís Marcos Freitas as matters commenced in Menís Singles quarter-finals at the US$ 1,000,000 GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Bangkok, Thailand on the afternoon of Saturday 13th December.

Jun Mizutani, the top seed, beat Germanyís Steffen Mengel, the no.8 seed in five games in five games (11-6, 9-11,11-5, 11-9, 11-3), before Portugalís Marcos Freitas followed suit.

The no.5 seed, he accounted for Japanís Koki Niwa, the no.3 seed in six games (11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9).

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Outstanding on First Day, Seo Hyowon and Yu Mengyu Continue Impressive Form

 12/13/2014       ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

Impressive on the first day of play when recording respective wins against Austriaís Liu Jia and Germanyís Han Ying; Koreaís Seo Hyowon and Singaporeís Yu Mengyu maintained their form on the third day of play, Saturday 13th December, at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Bangkok, Thailand.

Seo Hyowon, the no.9 seed, caused the biggest upset by beating Singaporeís Feng Tianwei, the top seed (13-11, 11-3, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8),

An outstanding effort by Seo Hyowon was followed by a similar performance from Yu Mengyu. The no.13 seed, she accounted for Japanís Sayaka Hirano, the no.12 seed, by a similar margin (11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8).

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Top Seeds Fall at Semi-Final Stage; End of Road for Tang Peng and Wong Chun Ting

 12/13/2014       ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

Hong Kongís Tang Peng and Wong Chun Ting, the pair who finished the year in first place on the Standings, suffered defeat at the semi-final stage of the Menís Doubles event at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Bangkok, Thailand on the early afternoon of Saturday 13th December.

They were beaten in five games by the Japanese combination of Kenta Matsudaira and Koki Niwa, the no.4 seeds (10-12, 11-9, 17-15, 11-6, 11-7).

Success for Kenta Matsudaira and Koki Niwa was followed with success for Koreaís Cho Eonrae and Seo Hyundeok; the no.3 seeds, they beat Russiaís Alexey Liventsov and Mikail Paikov, the no.8 seeds (11-8,7-11 , 11-9, 11-2, 14-12).

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Top Duo Prevails but Third Seeds Fall to Polish Inspiration

 12/13/2014       ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

First place in end of year Standings, the Japanese duo of Miu Hirano and Mima Ito duly booked their place in the final of the Womenís Doubles event at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Bangkok, Thailand, by emerging successful in the penultimate round on the morning of Saturday 13th December.

The top seeds, they accounted for the Singaporean partnership of Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu, the no.4 seeds, in a six games encounter (5-11,11-8, 11-6, 11-4, 9-11,11-8).

Success for the 14 year old duo as seeding predicted; in the counterpart Womenís Doubles semi-final, there was an upset.

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