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By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Marcos Madrid beaten in a titanic struggle by Jens Lundqvist  Photo By: Mauricio Val

07/06/2013        GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series (Click here to access this section)

Sweden’s Jens Lundqvist, the top seed and Canada’s Eugene Wang, the third seed, have both reserved semi-final places in the Men’s Singles event at the GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas.

In most dramatic circumstances, they emerged successful in their quarter-final contests on the evening of Friday 5th July 2013.

However, both were stretched the absolute limit; both secured victory in titanic seven games duels.

Tension Packed Duels
Jens Lundqvist overcame Mexico’s Marcos Madrid in a contest of epic proportions (12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 9-11, 17-15); whilst in a similarly tension packed struggle, Eugene Wang recovered from a three games to nil deficit to overcome China’s Tao Wenzhang (10-12, 3-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 12-14).

End of Road for Yokohama Champion
Success by the very narrowest of margins for Jens Lundqvist and Eugene Wang; for Croatia’s Zoran Primorac, the no.2 seed and China’s Yan Ce, who was required to negotiate the qualification stages, life was more slightly comfortable.

Zoran Primorac overcame Japan’s Masato Shiono, the no.8 seed and shock winner of the Men’s Singles title at the recent GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Yokohama, in six games (8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8).

A six games success for Zoran Primorac; for Yang Ce in his duel against fellow qualifier, Tetsuo Seyama, it was more comfortable, he won in five games (12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8).

At the semi-final stage Jens Lundqvist meets Eugene Wang, Zoran Primorac confronts Yang Ce.

Undoubtedly close calls in the last eight of the Men’s Singles event; in the same round of the Women’s Singles competition there were no such dramas but there was an upset.

Megumi Abe Continues to Upset Seeding
Japan’s Megumi Abe, who had negotiated the qualification stages, continued her good form; she ended the hopes of Germany’s Petrissa Solja and she ended hopes in an emphatic manner.

She posted a straight games victory (11-4, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9).

Favourites Prevail
However, that was the only upset at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Singles event.

Romania’s Elizabeta Samara, the no.1 seed, beat Tang Liying of the United States (11-2, 11-7, 14-16, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9); the host nation’s Lily Zhang, the no.4 seed, secured a seven games win over Canada’s Zhang Mo, the no.8 seed (11-6, 11-13, 2-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6), whilst Hungary’s Georgina Pota, the no.2 seed, ended the aspirations of Serbia’s Ana-Matija Erdelji (11-8, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8).

Penultimate Round
In the penultimate round Elizabeta Samara meets Lily Zhang; Megumi Abe confronts Georgina Pota.



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