History in the making in Geelong
July 14, 2019
As we approach the end of the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australia Open, it will be for sure one for the history books.
Frantastic performance from Franziska (Photo: APAC Sports)
China’s Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng, the top seeds in the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events, both suffered shock defeats from Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa.
On day 2 of the Main Event, Franziska recovered from a 0-2 deficit against Fan Zhendong to record a six games win (8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7) in the quarter-finals of the Men’s Singles. A huge moment for the German who has only reached the men’s singles semi-final for an ITTF World Tour twice in his senior career.
“Finally, my first triumph against a top Chinese player. I’m speechless. I certainly played one of my best matches ever, but the tournament is not over.” Patrick Franziska
And it certainly wasn’t. Franziska’s Aussie Open dream lives on as he defeated Sweden’s Mattias Falck in one of the most spectacular matches of the tournament. Point by point, he fought to turn the tables on Falck who had a 1:3 lead and 5 match points in the fourth set, eventually defeating him in an epic seven set battle (11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9).
“The first game was relatively easy, and the second game went 7-2, so I felt that I totally had the match in my hand. Mattias had no idea what to do, but then suddenly I had no idea what to do. Mattias played everywhere on the table and his play was fantastic. When the match went 10-6 in 5th game (Mattias’s match point), I started taking risks instead of playing safe on the table. I have no idea how I made it, maybe I was a little lucky. The game went 2-3 again and I started believing and convincing myself for this match. He played well and so did I. Unfortunately there’s only one winner and this is it.”
Franziska now goes on to meet World no.1 Xu Xin in a highly anticipated semi-final on the last day of the 2019 Australian Open.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles, Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan caused a major upset by beating World no. 1 Chen Meng in a thrilling seven set match (6-11, 6-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5), beating the Chinese star for the first time in her career.
Kasumi Ishikawa winning the game of her career against Chen Meng (Photo: APAC Sports)
“I had absolutely no burden mentally playing against Chen Meng. I was behind 1:3, and since I have never won against her, my goal before the match was to win two games. I never imagined that I could win this match.”
She went on to meet China’s young star, Sun Yingsha in the women’s singles semi-final where she was unfortunately unsuccessful losing the game in straight sets.
“Although I lost today’s match, I feel like this is my best performance this year at all the Open Games, I am very satisfied.”
Only 18 years old, Sun Yingsha recently won the 2019 Japan Open in June and will now meet Ding Ning in the Women’s Singles tonight in what one can only imagine as an epic showdown between the young and the experienced.
China’s young star ready for the finals (Photo: APAC Sports)
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness history being made in Geelong. Tickets are still available here!