The one surprise name at the top of the list was that of Iveta Vacenovska; she caused an upset by beating Li Jiao of the Netherlands (15-17, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6, 13-11, the highest seeded player in the opening phase of the tournament.
A major reason for her popularity was that she represents the local club, Linz AG Froschberg.
Team Mate Awaits
However, those who supported Iveta Vacenovska and cheered her to victory over Canada's Zhang Mo (11-13, 11-2, 11-9, 11-2,11-4), now face a problem; in first round she meets the host nation's Liu Jia, the no.5 seed and her club mate at Linz.
"It's not the first time we have played and it's not the last", smiled Liu Jia. "We play each other and then we go and have fun."
Seeding suggest that Liu Jia is the favourite, Iveta Vacenovska is the no.16 seed at the 2014 Women's World Cup and is currently named at no.45 on the World Rankings as opposed to Liu Jia who is no.13.
History Favour Liu Jia
Furthermore, history favours Liu Jia.
In World Ranking events, the two have met on four occasions; Iveta Vacenovska has won only one of their encounters. She won the very first when they met in the Women's Singles event the GAC Group 2012 ITTF World Tour Slovenian Open.
However, since that encounter, the victor has always been Liu Jia. She succeeded when they met again in the same year at the Liebherr World Team Championships in Dortmund and on the GAC Group 2012 ITTF World Tour Czech Open. Success in the Czech Republic on Iveta Vacenovska's home soil; at the same tournament earlier this year, it was once again success for Liu Jia.
Top Seed Awaits
A testing adversary for Iveta Vacenovska following her opening day success; there is an even more testing task for Li Jiao, the second placed player in the group. She faces China's Ding Ning, the top seed.
Notably, in the remaining groups, Hungary's Georgina Pota finished ahead of Chinese Taipei's Cheng I-Ching and Australia's Jian Fang Lay; Germany's Wu Jiaduo secured first place in her group with Hong Kong's Jiang Huajun in second spot and Brazil's Caroline Kumahara third.
Not to be left out Turkey's Hu Melek topped her group with Petrissa Solja in second place; Egypt's Dina Meshref ended matters in third spot.
In the opening round; in the same half of the draw as Ding Ning and Li Jiao; Hu Melek meets Romania's Elizabeta Samara, Wu Jiaduo confronts Japan's Sayaka Hirano, whilst Cheng I-Ching opposes Japan's Sayaka Hirano.
Meanwhile, in the lower half of the draw, alongside the Iveta Vacenovska versus Liu Jia clash, Jiang Huajun meets Korea's Seo Hyowon, Georgina Pota plays Hong Kong's Lee Ho Ching; Petrissa Solja faces China's Li Xiaoxia.
Play in the first round starts at 10.00am (local time) on Saturday 18th October.
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