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Seizing the opportunity, surprise first places

Surprise first places; as matters commenced in the qualification tournament in the Men’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open in Doha, surprise names secured top spot in the group stage.

Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting, Sweden’s Anton Källberg and Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi excelled expectations, as did Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan and Korea’s Kim Minseok.

Top position in the group and a place in the main draw (Photo: Hussein Sayed)

All concluded their group stage matches unbeaten.