ITTF. As the 2014 Japan Open started with their main draw today, the biggest casualty was posted after the top seed was eliminated by a Japanese qualifier.
Ranked 7th in the world, Chuang Chih Yuan of Chinese Taipei was the top seed in the competition after Zhang Jike withdrew. But he wasn't able to hold on to that position after he lost the opening round against Jin Ueda of the hosting team.
Jin Ueda posted 10-12, 11-3, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8.
Japanese second seed Jun Mizutani scored 4-1 over Ho Kwan Kit. Maharu Yoshimura, Yuto Muramatsu, Taku Takakiwa, Koki Niwa, Masataka Morizono, and Yuya Oshimuya all posted victories in the round.
Unfortunately, the Japanese Team was not all smiles after the round. The sixth seed, Kenta Matsudaira was not able to overcome the challenge from Yang Heng Wei of Chinese Taipei. He lost after the challenger recovered from a 0-3 deficit in 3-4 (11-9, 12-10, 11-6, 4-11, 9-11, 10-12, 6-11).
The Chinese Team also lost one player into the next round and he is Lyu Xiang. He scored 3-4 against Kristian Karlsson (8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11). Other Chinese players like Liang Jingkun, Zhou Qihao, Zhou Kai, and Yu Ziyang all sealed their seats in the next round.
Masakata Morizono vs Kristian Karlsson Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
Seiya Kishikawa vs Zhou Qihao Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
Antoine Hachard vs Masato Shiono Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
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