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zoomtt
03-17-2017, 02:22 PM
The Belarus Open is the 4th World Tour of year and being the 1st Challenge Open of 2017 taking place in Minsk, Belarus, from 15th to 19th March. Lets see what's in store in the line up below:

Total number of entries so far is: 193

Main Draw & Event Info (http://www.ittf.com/tournament/2721/ittf-challenge-belgosstrakh-belarus-open/#information)


Live matches from the Belarus Open can be watched in the ITTF Live Streaming (https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/livestreaming/) which has playback on demand with integrated chat with TableTennisDaily members!

Host nations Vladimir Samsonov, the World #8 has entered the Belarus Open as the #1 seed.

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/vladimirsamsonov2017belarusopen.jpg
Vladimir Samsonov enters as the no.1 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr


Men's Singles Seeds

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Adrian Crisan enters Belarus as the #2 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr

01) Vladimir SAMSONOV (BLR) WR: 8
02) Adrian CRISAN (ROU) WR: 57
03) WANG ZENGYI (POL) WR: 61
04) LI AMHET (TUR) WR: 64
05) Dimitrij PROKOPCOV (CZE) WR: 73
06) Grigory VLASOV (RUS) WR: 75
07) Daniel GORAK (POL) WR: 80
08) Mikhail PAIKOV (RUS) WR: 85


Women Singles Seeds

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Japan's Hitomi Sato enters the Belarus Open as the #1 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr

01) Hitomi Sato (JPN) WR: 17
02) Honoka HASHIMOTO (JPN) WR: 25
03) Misaki MORIZONO (JPN) WR: 31
04) Miyu KATO (JPN) WR: 34
05) Polina MIKHAILOVA (RUS) WR: 42
06) Viktoria PAVLOVICH (BLR) WR: 48
07) Maki SHIOMI (JPN) WR: 52
08) Saki SHIBATA (JPN) WR:53

For full player entries click here. (http://www.old.ittf.com/ittf_tournaments/ittf_entries_web6.asp?Gender=M&Tour_ID=2721&Singles=1&Seeded_Singles=1)


Live matches from the Belarus Open can be watched in the ITTF Live Streaming (https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/livestreaming/) which has playback on demand with integrated chat with TableTennisDaily members!

My Predictions

Men Single's top seeds (Samsonov and Crisan) are 40 and 36 years old. Will the experience prevail against not-so-young players like Wang Zengyi or Dimitrij Propokcov? Samsonov is not having good results lately, it could be a good opportunity for him to get some hope for the World Championships to come.

Women Single's draw could end with Japanese semifinals, as has happened in the past, due to the constant work the Japanese Federation is doing to improve their female national team. Only the two European defenders (Mikhailova and Pavlovich) seem to have chances to upset the top seeded players.

Sali
03-17-2017, 02:39 PM
I think Daniel Górak can make some good run. Now he plays 3rd table in Polish Superligue but he is the most titled player in Poland. We also have Kreanga, Hachard from France and few japanese youngsters.

I think next round can be interested

zoomtt
03-18-2017, 10:11 AM
No exceptional upset so far! Looks like we will have interesting matches in the latest rounds.

In the Men's Singles, Round of 16 JUST started, and we will have Wang Zengyi against Kalinikos Kreanga at table 2 (available at tv.ittf.com).

Women's Singles Round of 16 is just finishing: Polina Mikhailova has been defeated by Kyota Kato (4-3), and the rest of Japanese players are still in.

Dan
03-18-2017, 10:27 AM
An interesting line up of players. I thought Adrian Crisan has retired... @MattHetherington

zoomtt
03-18-2017, 10:54 AM
An interesting line up of players. I thought Adrian Crisan has retired... @MattHetherington

Kreanga, Samsonov, Crisan.. could be a 90's semifinals

Sali
03-18-2017, 11:10 AM
Kreanga just passed 45 years. Would love to see final him and samsonov.

zoomtt
03-18-2017, 11:41 AM
Kreanga is OUT after being defeated by Wang Zeng Yi (4-3, 13-11), exciting match!!

Sali
03-18-2017, 11:54 AM
although I am from Poland I wished Kreanga to win, he is amazing to watch.

NextLevel
03-18-2017, 12:25 PM
although I am from Poland I wished Kreanga to win, he is amazing to watch.

Most amazing two winged looping machine before the evolution of the modern Chinese.

zoomtt
03-18-2017, 12:36 PM
Men's Singles Quarter-Finals:





18:30
T1
SAMSONOV Vladimir BLR

vs

YEFIMOV Viktor UKR


18:30
T2
SUN Chia-Hung TPE

vs

POLANSKY Tomas CZE


19:15
T1
WANG Zengyi POL

vs

GORAK Daniel POL


19:15
T2
VLASOV Grigory RUS

vs

BAIBULDIN Andrei RUS






Women's Singles Quarter-Finals:



17:00
T1
SHIBATA Saki JPN

vs

KULIKOVA Olga RUS


17:00
T2
SATO Hitomi JPN

vs

KATO Kyoka JPN


17:45
T1
SHIOMI Maki JPN

vs

HASHIMOTO Honoka JPN


17:45
T2
KATO Miyu JPN

vs

NAGAO Takako JPN



All times are local Minsk time, which is GMT+3

Vrael
03-18-2017, 01:17 PM
I am from Poland, so I would love to see Wang Zengyi vs Samsonov final. Both players are very smart and I wonder how Samsonov would deal with short pimples of Wang Zengyi.
Actually, I just checked and they played in Belarus Open final in 2014. It was 4:1 for Samsonov, so now it is time for revenge :D

zoomtt
03-19-2017, 10:17 AM
Samsonov is already in the finals, Wang Zeng Yi versus Vlasov about to start...

TTHopeful
03-19-2017, 12:02 PM
Shame about Kreanga. Samsonov versus Wang will be a good game

zoomtt
03-19-2017, 07:08 PM
Samsonov made it again, and he is the champion in the Men's Singles category! He made his #1 seed prevail.

In the Women's singles, Hitomi Sato and Honoka Hashimoto (seeds #1 and #2) reached the finals and Sato won too.

Michal_Z
03-20-2017, 11:30 AM
TT LONDON PLEASE, do Kreanga vs. Wang highlights video ;)

TTHopeful
03-21-2017, 07:45 AM
Samsonov will be at the top of the game when he is 60!

Michal_Z
03-22-2017, 07:11 PM
Oki, so I made it ;-)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k-RzlAChFk