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Opening Success for Principal Names but Casualties Emerge on First Day
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

No great problems for Zheng Jiaqi in her opening encounter  Photo By: Steve Hopkins

07/03/2013        GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series (Click here to access this section)

The leading names in the qualification stage of the Menís and Womenís Singles events at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas enjoyed success, as matters commenced on the morning of Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

In the Menís Singles event it was a winning start to proceedings for the United States duo of Wang Qingliang and Timothy Wang as it was for Indiaís Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Japanís Tatsuo Seyama.

All emerged unscathed in their opening encounters.

Similar for Ladies
Similarly in the Womenís Singles event, the leading ladies on first day action made positive starts to their campaigns.

Americaís Zheng Jiaqi enjoyed success as did Japanís Nozomi Hasama and Megumi Abe with Mexicoís Yadira Silva being equally impressive and victorious.

Notable Names Experience Defeat
However, there were surprises and casualties as matters commenced, especially in the Menís Singles competition with World ranked players suffering against those with no global status.

Indiaís Jubin Kumar, the Dominican Republicís Juan Vila and Emil Santos alongside the host nationís Adam Hugh and Zhang Yahao were the most notable names to suffer defeat against players with no World ranking.

Door Still Open for Indian
Listed at no.450 on the current Menís World Rankings, Jubin Kumar was beaten by Japanís Ayumi Hokkedo (11-5, 11-5, 14-16, 3-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7), before recovering to overcome Zhang Xiangjing of the United States (11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8) to keep his hopes alive of a place in the main draw.

Players finishing in first and second places in each group progress to the main draw.

Problems for Caribbean Duo
An early reverse for Jubin Kumar; it was the same for the Caribbean duo of Juan Vila (World ranked no.497) and Emil Santos (World ranked 515).

Juan Vila was beaten by Zhao Xinxu of the United States (7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8); Emil Santos suffered defeat at the hands of Chinaís Li Tianyu (15-13, 6-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-8).

A somewhat surprise defeat for Juan Vila against Zhao Xinxu
Photo by Steve Hopkins

Chinese Adversaries Cause Upsets
Similarly, for the host nationís Adam Hugh (World ranked 513) and Zhang Yahao (World ranked no.574) it was not the start they desired.

Both suffered defeats at the hands of Chinese opponents.

Adam Hugh was beaten by Yang Ce (9-11, 11-3, 12-14, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9); Zhang Yahao experienced defeat when facing Liu Dongri (4-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-8).

Problems for Adam Hugh as matters begain in Las Vegas, beaten by Yang Ce
Photo by Steve Hopkins

Canadian Pain
Meanwhile, in the counterpart first stage of the Womenís Singles event, the player to experience the most pain was Canadaís Anqi Luo.

Listed at no.407 on the present day Womenís World Rankings, she was beaten by Japanís Miki Tsuchida (11-6, 11-4, 11-1, 12-10) and by Judy Hugh of the United States (20-18, 14-12, 11-9, 11-4).

Miki Tsuchida has no World ranking, Judy Hugh stands at no.407.

Qualification Concludes on Opening Day
Play in the qualification stage of both the Menís and Womenís Singles events concludes on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

The splendid Joola showcourt table for the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open
Photo by Steve Hopkins

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