2nd Summary: 2014 World Tour's First Semester! (Videos)

2nd summary: 2014 World Tour's first semester! (VIDEOS)
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The 2014 Belarus Open will mark the beginning of the 2014 World Tour circuit's second half, so it's time to remember the exciting matches and the winners of the last tournaments. In July we made a summary from January to April, now we will show you the best from May to June.

2014 Philippines Open

The Philippines Open (Challenge Series) was held from 15 to 18 May. Singapore's Zhan Jian was the top seed in the men's singles, but Hong Kong's Ho Kwan Kit captured the title eventually. In the women event Feng Tianwei defeated Romania's Elizabeta Samara in the final. In the U21 Singapore's Lin Ye and Chen Feng emerged as champions. 

Zhan Jian vs Ho Kwan Kit Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

Feng Tianwei vs Elizabeta Samara Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

2014 Australia Open 

Feng Tianwei repeated success in Australia after beating Japan's Misaki Morizono in the final. In the men's singles Singapore's Wu Zikang defeated his team mate Zhan Jian. Hong Kong's Tang Peng and Wong Chun Ting won the men's doubles title, while Japan's Saki Tashiro and Yuko Fujii won the women's doubles. Mima Ito and Asuka Sakai waved the flag for Japan in the U21 event. 

Feng Tianwei vs Misaki Morizono - Women's singles final Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

2014 Croatia Open

Zagreb hosted the 2014 Croatia Open from 21 to 24 May. Ricardo Walther of Germany clinched his first World Tour's title after beating Japan's Masaki Yoshida in a exciting final. In the women' singles Yang Xiaoxin of Monaco claimed the title. Alexandre Robinot of France and Sofia Polcanova of Austria won the U21 event. 

Ricardo Walther vs Misaki Yoshida Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

Yang Xiaoxin vs Misako Wakamiya Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

2014 China Open

In June three important tournaments took place. The first one was the 2014 China Open from 4 to 8 June. Ma Long and Ding Ning won the title at home soil. They also repeated success in doubles. Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen beat Chinese Taipei's Cheng I-Ching and Huang Yi-Hua, while Ma Long and Fan Zhendong defeated Zhang Jike and Xu Xin in a thrilling final. Chen Szu-Yu of Chinese Taipei and Asuka Machi of Japan won the U21 events. 

Top-10 shots Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

2014 Korea Open

The next stop of the Asian tour was Incheon City. China's Xu Xin and Germany's Han Ying emerged as champions. In the women doubles China's Chen Ke and Wang Manyu overcame Japan's Mima Ito and Miu Hirano. The Chinese pair of Yu Ziyang and Zhou Kai beat Chinese Taipei's Chiang Hung-Chieh and Huang Sheng-Sheng in the final. Japan's Hitomi Sato and South Korea's Jan Woojing won the U21 event. 

Top-10 shots Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

2014 Japan Open

Singapore's Feng Tianwei and China's Yu Ziyang were the winners of the 2014 Japan Open held from 18 to 22 June. Ai Fukuhara/Misako Wakamiya and Jun Mizutani and Seiya Kishikawa won the doubles events. Japan's Sakura Mori and Brazil's Hugo Calderano claimed the U21's titles. 

Top-10 shots Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

2014 Nigeria Open 

The World Tour circuit moved from Asia to Africa. Lagos hosted the 2014 Nigeria Open. Egyptians Omar Assar and Nadeen El-Dawlatly stood victorious in the singles events. El-Dawlatly also got the title in the U21, while Nigeria's Ojo Onaolapo won the U21's men singles.

First summary here

More information about the 2014 World Tour here 

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