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First Three Names Enjoy Success but Next in Line Suffer Second Round Defeats
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Andrei Filimon beaten by Li Tianyu  Photo By: Monthly World Table Tennis

07/05/2013        GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series (Click here to access this section)

The top three seeds in the Menís Singles event at the GAC Group ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas enjoyed success in the second round of proceedings on the evening of Thursday 4th July 2013.

All beat adversaries from the host nation.

Swedenís Jens Lundqvist, the no.1 seed, accounted for Zhang Xianjing (11-5, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7), Croatiaís Zoran Primorac, the no.2 seed, overcame Liang Yonghui (7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 13-11, 11-9); whilst Canadaís Eugene Wang, the no.3 seed, ended the aspirations of Calvin Chan (11-6, 11-2, 11-1, 11-6).

Common Factor
However, for three of the next five names in the order of merit it was defeat; the one factor in common being that they all lost to Chinese adversaries.

Swedenís Robert Svensson, the no.4 seed, was beaten by Yang Ce (8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8); Japanís Ryusuke Karube, the no.5 seed, suffered against Tao Wenzhang (11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7), whilst Li Tianyu signalled the end of the road for Romaniaís Andrei Filimon, the no.7 seed (13-11, 11-7, 11-0, 11-0).

Avoided Carnage
The two notable names to avoid the carnage were the two who did not confront Chinese adversaries.

Mexicoís Marcos Madrid, the no.6 seed, beat the Dominican Republicís Juan Vila (9-11, 14-12, 11-1, 11-7, 11-7), before Japanís Masato Shiono, the no.8 seed, defeated the host nationís Timothy Wang 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9).

Four Further Upsets
Three upsets and lower down the order of merit there were four more.

Wang Qingliang overcame Liang Jishan, the no.14 seed, in the all-American duel in a close seven games contest (11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4).

Similarly, Japanís Tatsuo Seyama ended the hopes of the hostís Zhou Xin, the no.15 seed (11-8, 8-11, 16-14, 12-14, 11-8, 11-6); whilst the latterís colleague, Yuan Xiaojie ousted Canadaís Chen Hongtao, the no.12 seed (11-5, 12-10, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-4) and Takanori Shimoyama, also from Japan, accounted for Polandís Filip Szymanski, the no.9 seed (11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4).

Status Prevails
Meanwhile, in the remaining second round matches, matters proceeded as per status.

In the top half of the draw Canadaís Pierre-Luc Theriault, the no.13 seed, beat Feng Yujin of the United States (12-10, 8-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8) and Japanís Kentaro Miuchi, the no.10 seed overcame Indiaís Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (11-7, 11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7).

In the lower half Welshman Ryan Jenkins, the no.11 seed, overcame the Dominican Republicís Emil Santos (12-10, 8-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6) and Japanís Tatsuya Ono, the no.16 seed, halted the aspirations of colleague Yuya Mizuno (11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5).


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