Qinzhou Three Star
- Oct. 11-15, 2017
- Qinzhou, China
Qualification began for the main draw at the Qinzhou Three Star on Tuesday with three women’s matches and six men’s matches.
Two teams from Japan: Sayaka Mizoe and Sazuka Hashimoto, and Akiko Hasegawa and Azusa Futami; and New Zealand’s Alice Bain and Julia Tilly moved on to the main draw with 2-0 wins. The round of 32 begins on Wednesday.
In the men’s action, two Dutch teams, three Japanese duos and a Swiss pair earned their way to the main draw.
Dutch pairs Dirk Boehle and Steven Van de Velde and Tom van Steenis and Ruben Penninga, Swiss team Quentin Metral and Simon Hagenbuch and a trio of Japanese pairings Kensuke Shoji and Yusuke Ishijima, Keisuke Shimizu and Takashi Tsuchiya, and Junki Hatabe and Hitoshi Murakami moved on.
“It’s our second tournament together, it’s incredible,” said Penninga. “China is so different from our country. We have jet lag and we have only four days training, so I am really happy that we played in the center court against home team. It’s amazing.”
Three matches went the distance. Boehle/Van De Velde outlasted Denmark’s Krisfoffer Abell and Daniel Thomsen 21-13, 13-21, 15-12, while Hatabe and Murakami rebounded after dropping the opening set to top countrymen Yu Koshikawa and Yoshiumi Hasegawa 15-21, 21-12, 15-11.
Mizoe/Hashimoto (Japan) def. Suzuki/Sakurako (Japan) 21-19, 21-18
Bain/Tilley (New Zealand) def. Huber/Greber (Switzerland) 21-19, 21-11
Hasegawa/Futami (Japan) def. Harnett/Bukovec (Canada) 21-12, 21-11
Boehle/Van De Velde (Netherlands) def. Abell/Thomsen 21-13, 13-21, 15-12
Shoji/Ishijima (Japan) def. Hunter/Garcia-Kidd (England) 21-17, 21-12
Van Steenis/Penninga (Netherlands) def. Wang/Yan (China) 21-19, 21-16
Shimizu/Tsuchiya (Japan) def. Watson/Hartles (New Zealand) 21-18, 21-15
Hatabe/Murakami (Japan) def. Koshikawa/Hasegawa (Japan) 15-21, 21-12, 15-11
Metral/Hagenbuch (Switzerland) def. Hirini/O’Dea (New Zealand) 18-21, 21-14, 15-10
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