Japanese teenage paddlers won two of three doubles titles at stake at the ITTF Austrian Open in Linz.
The pair of Tomokazu Harimoto-Hina Hayata secured the mixed doubles crown prize, before Miyuu Kihara-Miyu Nagasaki claimed women’s doubles gold.
China’s Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan emerged the men’s doubles winners.
At the final hurdle Harimoto- Hayata defeated fellow qualifiers, Lin Gaoyuan- Zhu Yuling of China 11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6.
Kihara-Nagasaki, the top seeds in the women’s doubles, overcame Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu-Cheng Hsien-Tzu, the sixth 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-4 for the title.
All four Japanese players are showing plenty of promise with their success in Linz. Hayata is 19 years old, Nagasaki is 17 years, Harimoto is 16 years and Kihara is only 15 years of age.
Kihara-Nagasaki are, however not the youngest pair to have won a senior title. That honour goes to their countrywomen Miu Hirano and Mima Ito, who are in the Guinness Book of records when they won the women’s doubles title at the 2014 ITTF World Tour German Open when
Success here was one step higher for both pairs; Harimoto- Hayata were runners up at home soil in June in Sapporo, Kihara-Nagasaki more recently in October in Germany.
For Kihara-Nagasaki it was their third women’s doubles title of the year having also won the ITTF Challenge Series tournaments in in Croatia and Slovenia.
Third seedeed Jingkun-Gaoyuan beat the top seeds from Korea Jeoung Youngsik-Lee Sangsu 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 to add to the Sweden Open they won in October..
Chinese duo China’s Zhao Zihao and Qian Tianyi have confirmed their places in the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals with victories in the quarter-final stage of the Hamburg Open.
Their qualification means means that the full list of qualifiers for the Grand Finals, to be staged in Zhengzhou in December, iscomplete. All that remains to be decided is the final order which will become evident once play concludes in Linz.
At the start of the day, in the men’s singles standings, Zhao Zihao alongside Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Japan’s Koki Niwa all had chances of securing a top 16 place.
Japan’s Jun Mizutani, who had lost in the first round, had collected 402 points, and occupied the last qualification spot but it was not secure with the others still able to collecct points in the next round matches.
Zihao, who had started his journey in the qualification tournament, beat 14th seed Wong Chun Ting 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6. In an equally hard fought contest, Koki Niwa, the ninth seeded Japanese lost to Brazil’s Hugo Calderano 11-7, 9-11, 1-11, 12-14, 11-9, 8-11.
This allowed Zihao to amass 389 points and could move higher n the standings depending on the results on the concluding day of action.
Mizutani is now in the safety zone and neither can be caught. Chun Ting, despite the defeat may still get a chance to qualify for the Finals following the suspension of the already qualified Wang Chuqin of China.
In the women’s singles, Tianyi , Japanese Hina Hayata and China’s Gu Yuting were in a position to make the cut for the Grand Finals. The players in danger, having departed the previous day were Japan’s Hitomi Sato, 387 points and Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee 342 points; they filled the final two places.
Yuting fought desperately but could not get pass top seed Zhu Yuling, who won the tie 11-5, 5-11, 9-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7. The result saw her Grand Prix qualifying hopes dashed.
As for Tianyi, she overcame Japan’s Hina Hayata in a hard 11-8, 17-15, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3 and it allowed her to book her place in the semi-finals as well as the Grand Finals.