Saturday, 20 Apr 2024

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Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai emerged victorious on the court today, defeating Short Stature (SH6) men’s singles World Champion Jack Shephard of England with a score of 21-14, 22-20. Chu expressed his elation, stating, “Every match against Jack is always challenging because I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to beat him.” Despite the nerves, Chu confidently dominated the first game and secured a quick victory in the second. Chu will now face Krishna Nagar of India in the finals.

Fang Jen-Yu is a step closer to gold.

Nagar, on the other hand, battled Wong Chun Yim from Hong Kong in a long and hard-fought match that ended with a final score of 17-21, 21-19, 21-18. “I felt very negative in my game. I wanted to win points quickly, so I went too fast. But when I was down 15-18, I decided to play more rallies, and that got me the win,” Nagar revealed. This victory sets up a second meeting between Nagar and Chu Man Kei/Wong Chu Yim, the reigning world champions, in the men’s doubles SS6 finals.

In the Standing Upper (SU5) men’s singles, Fang Jen-Yu from Chinese Taipei dashed Tay Wei Ming’s hopes of winning the gold in a thrilling semifinal match that concluded with a score of 15-21, 21-17, 21-18. “It was hard-earned points, but I kept telling myself to focus on every shot and not let the pressure get to me, even when my opponent had the upper hand,” Fang shared. Fang will now go head-to-head with Malaysia’s Cheah Liek Hou, who defeated Taiyo Imai of Japan 21-19, 21-16 in the other semifinal. Cheah will also compete in the men’s doubles SU5 final, pairing with Mohd. Fariz Ahmad Azri against Watcharaphon Chok-Uthaikul/Pricha Somsiri of Thailand.

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Wheeled Wonders

In the men’s singles Wheelchair 2 (WH2) category, world champion Kim Jungjun from Korea faced a surprising challenge from 18-year-old Daiki Kajiwara from Japan. The young Japanese athlete displayed exceptional skill, pushing Kim to his limits, but ultimately fell short with a final score of 19-21, 15-21. Kim, forewarned by Chan Ho Yuen from Hong Kong China, praised Kajiwara, stating, “Chan told me to be aware of what a good athlete Daiki is. Maybe he lacked experience this time, but give him a year or so, and I think it will be difficult to beat him.” Kim is now set to compete against Chan in another highly anticipated final.

The women’s wheelchair events also provided thrilling moments for spectators. Emine Seckin from Turkey triumphed over Rie Ogura from Japan in the WH2 category after a fierce battle lasting over an hour, resulting in a score of 15-21, 22-20, 27-25. Seckin, who also participated in the women’s doubles, expressed her determination and focus, saying, “Every time I’m on the court, I don’t think about how tired I am. I just focus on winning. After each match, I analyze my performance and strive to rectify any mistakes.” Seckin and her partner, To Man Kei from Belgium, lost in the semifinals to Thailand’s Amnouy Weiwithan/Sujirat Pookham with a score of 21-13, 21-7.

Valeska Knoblauch from Germany celebrated her victory in the women’s singles Wheelchair 1 (WH1) semifinal against Karin Suter-Erath from Switzerland. The match was a challenging one, lasting 73 minutes, but Knoblauch emerged triumphant. Reflecting on her performance, Knoblauch shared, “I didn’t expect it to be easy. I went in feeling nervous and tightly gripping my racket, but now I feel good. In the third set, I had to adapt my game due to the windy conditions on my side of the court.” Knoblauch will now face world champion Sarina Satomi from Japan in the final, who defeated Sujirat Pookham from Thailand with a score of 22-20, 21-17.

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Japan is also represented in the women’s doubles WH1-2 final by Rie Ogura and Ikumi Fuke, who defeated Henriette Koosz/Marcela Quinteros Covella with a score of 21-12, 21-7. Ogura/Fuke will face the local favorites and top seeds, Amnouy Weiwithan/Sujirat Pookham.

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