Tamara BOROS beat LEE Hyang Mi of Korea at the US Open
The top four seeds in the Women’s Singles event at the ITTF Pro Tour Killerspin Open in Chicago, KIM Kyung Ah of Korea, Tamara BOROS of Croatia, LIU Jia of Austria and LIA Jia Wei of Singapore all came through the second round unscathed on Friday 2 July 2004 and furthermore, they all won in impressive style, non of the quartet dropping a single game.
Tamara BOROS, the runner up in Brazil, safely through to the quarter-finals in Chicago
Top seed KIM Kyung Ah, ranked number six in the world proved too strong for Romania’a Adriana ZAMFIR. `What surprised me was how good her serve was,’ said ZAMFIR. `You don't usually expect that from a backspin player.’ KIM Kyung Ah won 11-7, 11-3, 11-9. 11-6. `I'd push, push, push, then topspin, then either smash or push again, what made it difficult is that she has a very good quick hit.’
Meanwhile, second seeded Tamarao BOROS beat LEE Hyang Mi of Korea 11-7, 11-6, 11-3, 11-3; third seeded LIU Jia defeated KWOK Fong Fong, from Hong Kong but now resident in Korea, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4, whilst fourth seeded LI Jia Wei overcame Sayaka HIRANO of Japan, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 12-10.
Also safely through is Ruta BUDIENE-GARKAUSKAITE of Lithuania; a player who has developed a habit of beating higher ranked opposition on the ITTF Pro Tour this year; at the Greek Open she beat non other than the player currently ranked number three in the World, NIU Jianfeng of China.
In Chicago she once again beat higher ranked opposition; this time in the guise of Japan’s Ai FUJINUMA, she won 12-10, 11-8, 2-11, 5-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8. `I played her at the Greek Pro Tour, and won four-nil’, said BUDIENE-GARKAUSKAITE. `This time I didn't feel as good and made many simple mistakes, because she's left-handed, I played my backhand to her forehand effectively, and attacked her middle. I started most rallies with short balls, then attacked deep.’
The quarterfinal matches see KIM Kyung Ah versus Ruta BUDIENE-GARKAUSKAITE whilst Cornelia VAIDA plays LI Jia Wei; LIU Jia is in opposition to Viktoria PAVLOVICH and An KONISHI confronts Tamara BOROS.