ITTF. The 2014 Kuwait Open Men's Singles continued its competition with the second round today, February 14. More upsets were recorded in the round with the Japanese, Koki Niwa and third seed Chuang Chih Yuan as casualties.
After losing two players in the previous round earlier this day, Chinese Team ensured that they aren't saying good bye to more of their players. The top seed Fan Zhendong gained 4-2 victory over Joao Monteiro, the player who was sensational in the previous round after defeating Lee Sang Su.
The second seed, Yan An also survived the round but this time, he went through a challenging match from Kirill Skachkov in 10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4. Meanwhile, Zhou Yu posted 4-1 against Bojan Tokic.
Liang Jingkun continues into the competition after he defeated Jeong Sang Eun in 4-1.
Zhou Yu vs Bojan Tokic Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
While China remained their number before this day ended, Japan lost one important player and he was the eighth seed, Koki Niwa. The Japanese endured a full-stretch match against Chinese qualifier Kong Lingxuan earlier. But in the second round, Niwa succumb to defeat against his compatriot, Masato Shiono, the player who is very much capable of surprises.
Masato Shiono scored 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-6.
After Koki Niwa's defeat, another casualty was posted and he was the third seed, Chuang Chih Yuan. In a full battle, Chuang lost to Robert Gardos of Austria in 12-14, 11-4, 5-11, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10, 10-12.
After winning the European Cup, winner Marcos Freitas said that his next goal was to beat the Chinese. In order to do so, he needs to wait more and did good in the round with 4-2 against Kang Dong Soo.
Germany had a wonderful round with Patrick Baum, Bastian Steger, and Patrick Franziska into the next round. Franziska ousted the rookie from Chinese Taipei, Chen Chian An in 7-11, 14-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.
Patrick Franziska vs Chen Chien-An Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
Kenta Matsudaira vs Jiang Tianyi Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
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