by Ian Marshall
Matters level After four games in the first round of the men’s team competition between Brazil, number 6 of the Sami and Serbia, number 15 of the Sami, the 25-year-old from São Paulo defeated Dimitrije Levajac (11-6, 11-6, 14-12 ) to send teammates into unbridled joy.
Hugo Calderano remained undefeated but was put to a tough test, both times requiring the full five games to be successful. In the second game of the engagement, he sent Dimitrije Levajac (11-8, 11-13, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5) before gaining a similar lead over Zsolt Peto (11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8).
Unfortunately, life was difficult for Gustavo Tsuboi. In doubles, the duo lost together with Vitor Ishiy to Marko Jevtovic and Zsolt Peto, a couple who have been together for two decades (11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8). He later suffered an excruciating loss to Marko Jevtovic (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 6-11, 15-13).
Simon Gauzy decisive for France
Success for the higher-ranked team, it was the same in the remaining opening games of the men’s teams, but without such drama; the player who gets the attention is Simon Gauzy.
France, number 8 of the Sami, recorded a 3-0 win over Hong Kong, number 11 of the Sami; Simon Gauzy’s contribution was decisive.
After Alexandre Cassin teamed up with Emmanuel Lebesson in his very first game at the Olympics to get double success against Ho Kwan Kit and Lam Siu Hang (12-10, 11-8, 11-6); Simon Gauzy defeated Wong Chun Ting (11-5, 7-11, 14-12, 11-9).
It was the first time in his career that he had beaten Wong Chun Ting. He had lost all three games before. On the ITTF World Tour he experienced defeats in Hungary (2012), the Czech Republic (2015) and China (2019).
Emmanuel Lebesson (overcame Ho Kwan Kit to close the matter (12-10, 11-5, 11-4).
Slovenia defeat, but spirited performance
A fine performance by Simon Gauzy, as well as Bojan Tokic. Number 12 of the Sami Slovenia, they lost 3-1 to the Republic of Korea, number 4 of the Sami, but the now 40-year-old was pleased with his performance. He defeated Jeoung Youngsik (9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 12-10) in the third game of the game; a remarkable victory, in the current men’s world rankings Bojan Tokic is 66th, Jeoung Youngsik 13th.
Darko Jorgic, who beat Tomokazu Harimoto, number 3 in the men’s singles, was now a very notable name -9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5). Darko Jorgic is currently listed at number 28 in the world rankings.
Previously, Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu had got the Republic of Korea off to an ideal start; they beat Deni Kozul and Bojan Tokic (11-8, 11-8, 11-6). It is noteworthy that Jang Woojin remained unbeaten, and he also defeated Deni Kozul to bring things to a close (11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8).
Tense moments, in the remaining preliminary rounds it went without any problems for the favorite.
China, the top seed, with Fan Zhendong, Ma Long and Xu Xin in action, scored a 3-0 win against the number 13 seeded Egyptians Omar Assar, Khaled Assar and Ahmed Saleh.
Similarly, number 7 seeds, Chen Chien-An of Chinese Taipei, Chuang Chih-Yuan and Lin Yun-Ju, number 10 defeated Croatians Andrej Gacina and Frane Kojic and Tomislav Pucar.
It cannot be overlooked that the seeded Germans Timo Boll, Patrick Franziska and Dimitrij Ovtcharov scored a 3-0 win against the Portuguese Tiago Apolonia, Marcos Freitas and João Monteiro.
Impressive performances, in the preliminary round matches of the women’s team, which were played on matchday nine, it was a similar scenario, with the only exception Brazil, the number 15 of the seeds, they asked questions for Hong Kong, the number 4 of the seeds.
Despite all odds, Caroline Kumahara beat Lee Ho Ching (11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-6). In the world rankings for women, Caroline Kumahara is currently in 144th place, Lee Ho Ching in 45th place.
However, it would remain Brazil’s only success. Lee Ho Ching and Minnie Soo Wai Yam gave Hong Kong an ideal start; You beat Caroline Kumahara and Jessica Yamada in even games (11-9, 11-8, 11-9).
Doo Hoi Kem underlined their quality and remained unbeaten. She led Bruna Takahashi in the second game (11-3, 14-12, 11-7) before defeating Jessica Yamada to end the trial (11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10).
Otherwise it was a comprehensive set of results.
Wang Manyu made her Olympic Games debut. She replaced Liu Shiwen in the Chinese women’s team, the reigning world champion suffers from a recurring shoulder injury. In addition to Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha, the top seeded, there was a 3-0 win against number 12 seeded Austrians Liu Jia, Liu Juan and Sofia Polcanova.
Stylish victory without giving up a single match, the same was true for number 3, the German trio consisting of Han Ying, Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja. They were in a determined mood as they competed against the No. 16 seeds Australian Michelle Bromley, Jian Fang Lay and Melissa Tapper.
Earlier in the day, the 3-0 was equalized by number 8 seeded Romania’s Daniela Monteiro Dodean, Elizabeta Samara and Bernadette Szocs. They showed no charity when they competed against the number 14 of the Sami, the Egyptians Farah Abdelaziz, Yousra Helmy and Dina Meshref.
Likewise, the number 5 with an equal distance, Chinese Taipei with Cheng Hsien-Tzu, Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng I-Ching in action, secured a 3-0 win against the number 9 of the Sami, the United States combination of Liu Juan , Wang Huijing and Lily Zhang.
In order not to be in the shadows, the number 2 seeded Japanese Miu Hirano, Kasumi Ishikawa and Mima Ito were in the fast lane against the number 10 seeded Hungarians Maria Fazekas, Dora Madarasz and Szandra Pergel.
The first round is over
The remaining first round games in the men’s team event, Japan 3rd place against Australia 16th place, and Sweden 5th place as opposed to the United States 14th place, will be played on Monday 2nd August.
Also in the women’s team, Singapore, No. 6, will be No. 13 against France, in addition to the Republic of Korea, No. 7, against Poland, No. 11, which will complete the opening round.
The quarter-finals follow.