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Surprise First Stage Winners in Las Vegas, Follow Progress on ITTF YouTube Channel
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Wu Yue surprisingly beaten by Shigeko Nakamura  Photo By: Steve Hopkins

07/04/2013        GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series (Click here to access this section)

Japanís Shigeko Nakamura, Airi Moranga and Miki Tuschida alongside the host nationís Diane Chen, were the surprise names to conclude the group stage of play in the Womenís Singles event at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open, on Wednesday 3rd July, in first places in their respective groups.

All caused upsets and you can follow their progress and that of the leading names on duty in Las Vegas by tuning to the ITTF YouTube Channel to watch: matches live on table no.1 and table no.2.

None of the quartet possesses a current World ranking.

Biggest Upset
Undoubtedly Shigeko Nakamura was the player to cause the biggest upset.

She accounted for Li Tao of the United States (11-6, 11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4), New Zealandís Sophie Shu (11-4, 11-6, 11-2, 11-8) and Wu Yue, also from the host nation and the favourite to top the group (3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7).

Currently Wu Yue is listed at no.242 on the Womenís World Rankings, Li Tao is at no.478, Sophie Shu has no status.

Consolation for Wu Yue
Defeat for Wu Yue but there was consolation; she gained second place in the group and thus progressed to the main draw.

Players finishing in first and second places in each of the 12 groups join the eight seeds in round one.

Wu Yue accounted for Sophie Shu (9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2, 11-8) and Li Tao (6-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8).

Equally Good Form
Similarly, Airi Moranga was in outstanding form; having accounted for Canadaís Ioulia Degtiar (11-2, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4) and the host nationís Marina Lietman (11-7, 11-4, 11-6, 11-1); she caused an upset by overcoming Prachi Jha, also from the United States and World ranked no.348 (8-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 12-10, 11-4).

The consolation for Prachi Jha was that she gained second place in the group, she beat Marina Lietman (11-8, 11-2, 14-12, 11-6) and Ioulia Degtiar (11-1, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7).

Further Fine Performance
Three fine performances from Airi Maranga; it was the same from Miki Tuschida.
She caused a surprise by beating Canadaís Anqi Luo, World ranked no.407 (11-6, 11-4, 11-1, 12-10), before overcoming Sophia Huang (11-7, 11-6, 11-1, 11-6) and Judy Hugh (11-2, 11-3, 13-11, 11-7).

Second Place for Anqi Luo
Anqi Luo, despite also losing to Judy Hugh (20-18, 14-12, 11-9, 11-4) finished in second place in the group. She beat Sophia Huang (11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7) who had gained a walk-over against Judy Hugh following the latterís disqualification from the match.

Thus Judy Hugh finished the group with three points, Anqi Luo and Sophia Huang possessed four points each (one point for each match played, one point for each win).

Two players level, the verdict of the match between the two players is taken into account; thus the vote and second place went to Anqi Luo.

Close Call for Diane Chen
A close call for Anqi Luo; it was the same for Diane Chen.

She was beaten in her opening contest by compatriot Maggie Meng Tian in six games (11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7); the result was as expected. Maggie Meng Tian is listed at no.341 on the Womenís World Rankings.

An opening match defeat but Diane Chen recovered to beat Japanís Miji Fujihara in five games (12-10, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-1), who duly finished her group stage matches by causing a surprise. She beat Maggie Meng Tian in five games (11-3, 11-4, 14-12, 7-11, 11-8).

Games Ratio Decides
All three beat the Dominican Republicís Eva Brito; so games ratio determined the final outcome.

First place went to Diane Chen (6:5), followed by Miki Fujihara (5:5) with Maggie Meng Tian in third place and eliminated from proceedings.

Top Seven Top Groups
Defeat for four notable names including the eighth highest World ranked player in action in the first stage of the Womenís Singles event, Wu Yue; however for the top seven names there were no such troubles.

Zhen Jiaqi from the United States finished in first place in her group as did the Japanese duo of Nozomo Hasama and Megumi Abe.

Similarly, it was first place for Mexicoís Yadira Silva, Romaniaís Iulia Necula and Hungaryís Rita Kertai.

Main Draw
Matches in the main draw commence on Thursday 4th July 2013.

Live on YouTube
GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open: Table No.1 and Table No.2 Live on the ITTF YouTube Channel



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