World Singles Qualification: Skachkov, Sawettabut complete Olympic line-up in Doha
DOHA: Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut along with four other women players earned Tokyo Olympics tickets after she prevailed in the second stage finals of World Singles Qualification Tournament here at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena on Wednesday.
Four berths were allocated for men and five for women.
Sawettabut, who beat Spain’s Maria Xiao 13-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, joined the Netherland’s Britt Eerland, Sweden’s Linda Bergström, Russia’s Polina Mikhailova and Monaco’s Yang Xiaoxin in securing qualification.
In the men's category, Russia’s Kirill Skachkov overcame Great Britain's No.1 seed Liam Pitchford 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-7 in the other final to qualify for the Tokyo Games.
Skachkov became the fourth man after Czech Republic’s Lubomir Jancarik, Hungary’s Bence Majoros and Slovakia’s Wang Yang.
Nine Olympic berths were up for grabs from the competition, which was organised by the Qatar Table Tennis Association.
The tournament was started on Sunday with a total of 73 entries for men and 60 for women paddlers.
The losing finalist and semifinalist from each of the three knockouts will battle in stage two in a final knockout round, where the winner will eventually bag one more spot for Tokyo.