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Doha finalists to be decided on penultimate day

Day Three of the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open will see the Women's and Men's Singles events be narrowed down to two players each as the race for the respective finals enters the home straight on Saturday 25th February.

Mima Ito still in the hunt for a fourth ITTF World Tour Women's Singles title (Photo: Victor Fraile / Power Sport Images)

The day will start off with quarter-finals action from both singles competitions before concluding with semi-final fixtures to determine which players will compete in the finals.

Japan’s Mima Ito has three ITTF World Tour Women’s Singles titles to her name to date, and the 16-year-old will be hoping to fight it out for a chance to claim a fourth trophy.

However, first the no.6 seed will have to negotiate China’s Wang Manyu in the quarter-finals, with a potential semi-finals fixture being on the cards against either Singapore’s Feng Tianwei or Gu Yuting of China.

Natalia Partyka has been one of the surprise players at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open so far, with the Polish contestant having picked up notable victories over Wu Yang (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9), who was seeded seventh for the category, and Yang Haeun (11-9, 12-10, 11-5, 13-11) in the previous rounds.

Next up for the five-times Paralympic Games gold medal winner Natalia Partyka is a meeting with Germany’s Shan Xiaona, following her stunning Day Two success against the top seed Zhu Yuling in the Round of 16 (11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7).