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Shocks Abound in Opening Round as Seeds Fall In Quick Succession
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Mikki Fujihara ended the hopes of Prachi Jha, the no.4 seed  Photo By: Steve Hopkins

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

Seeds fell with alarming regularity in the first round of both the Under 21 Menís Singles and Under 21 Womenís Singles events at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas on Thursday 4th July.

In the Under 21 Womenís Singles event, only four of the eight seeds survived the opening round; Germanyís Petrissa Solja alongside the United States trio of Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing and Tina Lin progressed.

Four survivors in the Under 21 Womenís Singles event; in the counterpart Under 21 Menís Singles competition only one!

Canadian Survives
The only seed to negotiate the opening round successfully was Canadaís Chen Hongtao, the top seed but even he came close to defeat!

He needed the full five games to beat Kunal Chodri of the United States (8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5).

Meanwhile, Canadaís Pierre-Luc Theriault, the no.2 seed, was beaten by Wang Can from the United States (11-8, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8).

Additionally, the latterís compatriot, Wang Qingliang, the no.4 seed, suffered at the hands of Chinaís Tao Wenzheng (5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9), whilst Indiaís Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, the no.4 seed, was beaten by the host nationís Yuan Xiaojie (9-11, 12-14, 15-13, 11-6, 11-6).

Similarly, Zhang Yahao, the no.5 seed, suffered in the all-American duel. He was beaten by Chen Bowen (11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7); in a further domestic clash, Liang Yonghui, the no.6 seed, departed at the hands of Dan Liu (11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9).

Defeats for the fifth and sixth seeds, the seventh and eight seeds also bid farewell.

Canadaís James Pintea, the no.7 seed, was beaten by Feng Yijun of the United States (11-9, 12-14, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6), at the same time, Peter Li, the no.8 seed, experienced defeat at the hands of Chinaís Li Tianyu (11-5, 11-7, 11-3).

Four Seeds Remain
Meanwhile, in the Under 21 Womenís Singles event the top three seeds alongside Tina Lina of the United States, the no.8 seed survived; all beat host nation adversaries.

Petrissa Solja, the no.1 seed, accounted for Diane Jiang (11-6, 11-4, 11-4), Lily Zhang, the no.2 seed, defeated Angela Guan (11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8), whilst Ariel Hsing, the no.3 seed, overcame Joy Li (11-5, 11-6, 11-3).

Tina Lin ended the hopes of Grace Yang (11-13, 11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7).

Opening Round Exits
However, for the other seeds, it was defeat.

Prachi Jha of the United States the no.4 seed suffered defeat at the hands of Japanís Miki Fujihara (11-7, 8-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-8), whilst Canadaía Anqi Luo, the no.5 seed, was beaten by Japanís Mika Tsuchida (11-9, 11-7, 11-7).

In Form Angharad Phillips
Similarly, the Dominican Republicís Eva Brito, the no.6 seed, was beaten by Liu Yitong of the United States; whilst Canadaís Shirley Fu, the no.7 seed, found Angharad Phillips of Wales in form.

The young lady from Denbigh in the north of the principality won in four games (10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8).



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