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Successful Opening Day for Notable Names but Not Without Tense Moments
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

No great problems for Misaki Morizono  Photo By: Pablo Rubio

04/18/2012        GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, Spanish Open, (Click here to access this section)

The highest world ranked players on duty in the first phase of proceedings in the Women’s Singles event at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Spanish Open in Almeria, all emerged unscathed on the opening day of action, Wednesday 18th April 2012.

Japan’s Yuka Ishigaki, the highest named in the first phase of affairs was never required to raise her racket in anger.

Meanwhile for her colleague, Misaki Morizono, there were no moments of drama; she accounted for Mexico’s Yadira Silva in five games (5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7).

London Bound
The speed of the speed of the Japanese player, who celebrated her 20th birthday two days earlier, proved too great for the Latin American player, who has greater goals in mind.

Just over one month ago she booked her place in the London 2012 Olympic Games, when emerging successful in the Latin American Olympic Qualification Tournament in the Brazilian carnival city of Rio de Janeiro.

More Difficult
A relatively comfortable win for Misaki Morizono but for three leading names life was more difficult.

Sweden’s Matilda Eckholm, the third highest listed player on duty needed the full seven games to beat Korea’s 16 year old Lee Dasom (11-9, 7-11, 18-16, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9); as did Germany’s Kristin Silbereisen, the fifth highest rated in action, when faced with Russia’s Maria Bykova (6-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7).

Sara Ramirez Tested
Similarly, there were testing times for the host nation’s Sara Ramirez, the 12th highest world ranked player on duty in the first stage of the Women’s Singles event.

She needed six games to overcome Romania’s Andrada Vincze (11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7) but on her second visit to the table life was not so exacting; she beat Suzanne Diecker of the Netherlands in four straight games (11-3, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6).

No Travails
However, for the other leading names on duty there were no such travails.
The Japanese trio of Misako Wakamiya,Yuri Yamanashi and Haruna Fukuoka, all enjoyed success as did Austria’s Liu Jia, France’s Li Xue in addition to the Hong Kong duo of Ng Wing Nam and Yu Kowk See

Not Called to Action
Serbia’s Ana-Maria Erdelji, the one other highly rated player in the first phase of the Women’s Singles event, was not called to duty.

Caught the Eye
However, the player to catch the eye as matters concluded on the first day of play was the host nation’s 19 year old Maria Bueno.

She beat Britt Eerland of the Netherlands (15-13, 4-11, 11-2, 11-5), the winner of the Junior Girls’ Singles title t the European Youth Championships in Istanbul in 2010.

Close Defeat
Success but on her second visit to the table it was defeat; in a closely fought full distance five games duel she was beaten by Japan’s Mima Ito who earlier had overcome Anais Leveque of France in three straight games (11-9, 11-5, 11-7).

Mima Ito leads the group with each player having one match remaining in their first phase itinerary.


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